This Sneaky Jewelry Trick Looks Like a Million Bucks (but Costs $25)

We know the difference between Valentino and Vetements, and we can spot a fake Birkin from a mile away. But, as we’ve recently realized, some of our most tried-and-true fashion tips (and tricks) have come from our friends, family, coworkers and random women on the subway. Here's one, from a pal who never looks anything short of incredible, that's a total game changer. 

No one will know if your "diamond" studs are actually cubic zirconia.  

For real? You bet. 

OK, if you can splurge on the real thing, go forth and sparkle. But it really isn’t the end of the world if your studs are—gasp—fake. Plus, on the off chance you lose one, you’ll feel a lot better if they cost 50 bucks as opposed to hundreds.

Unless you regularly hang out with people who are diamond experts, no one should know the difference. (And if they do know the difference and call you out for it, that says more about them than it does about you.)

Depending on the size of sparkler you're going for, expect to spend anywhere from $25 to $58 (compared to upward of $9,000).  

So feel free to scrimp on this everyday staple—your secret's safe with us.