In this case, the beads are plastic or composite, glass and metal. Sometimes you will find natural stone, including crystal. Sometimes they are nicer pieces, which you can pick out because of the construction, and sometimes very cheap or mid-priced costume.
For me, the deciding factor is always quality and appearance, as well as age. So-called “statement necklaces” are very popular now in mainstream fashion and these work well that way because they’re showy and draw attention.. Although they were very de rigueur back in the day, they are distinctive and stand out now and add a very definite vintage touch. These colors can work year-round, but I’d like them best in the Fall.
MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY