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Tricks for Cheap Costume Jewelry


By Saqra




Protecting Your Skin

If your skin reacts to cheap costume jewelry, put a coat of clear nail polish on the back of necklaces, on earring hooks, and on the inside of bracelets. It acts as a barrier between the cheap metal and your skin.

PHOTO CREDIT: Photo by Michael Baxter, Santa Clara, California.




Color Matching Rhinestones

  • Can't find a rhinestone necklace to match the colors of your new costume?
  • Can't find the one you need right now for this show?
  • Can't find 14 matching necklace/earring sets for a troupe?

ANY clear crystal rhinestone necklace can be whatever color you want using a Sharpie (permanent marker pen designed to write on all surfaces) on the face of the stones.

Now DO NOT do this to your lovely quality vintage necklace because it is hard to completely get it off without damage, but most of what we use for dance are cheaply made modern pieces so why not?

Sharpie ink can eventually come off with skin oils. Therefore, if this is definitely the color you want this necklace to remain forever, you might want to put a very light coat of clear nail polish over the top of the colored ink, being careful not to get it on the connecting joints between the stones.

Use your good sense and try this on something you don't care about first. (My official disclaimer!) However, I've done this forever myself, and had no problems.

Buy yourself a bulk discounted set of a dozen cheap imported necklace/earring sets that suit you, along with the Sharpie package of pens in 24 colors, and you'll have whatever combination you want when you want it!

Your mileage may vary, but sometimes matching that coral-fuchsia-periwinkle costume can drive you insane. This tip can help avoid that.





About the Author

Saqra (Seattle, Washington, USA) is a powerful dance artist and a master instructor. Her fluidity, grace, and technical skill is highlighted by her friendly demeanor and clear joy of the dance. She did not inherit the diva gene.

Saqra won titles in Belly Dance USA (Oregon), Belly Dancer of the Year (California), Belly Dancer of the Universe (California), Wiggles of the West (Nevada), and many other competitions. She was voted "Best Kept Secret of 2005" and "Instructor of the Year 2008" by readers of Zaghareet Magazine.

Saqra's journey in this dance form began in 1977 and has led her to study with many of the best dancers in the world, including in America, Canada, Turkey and Egypt. Saqra continues to travel and study both in the USA and abroad and prides herself on proper research for anything she teaches. Folklore, fakelore, and stage creativity: all three are valuable, and Saqra clearly presents for each what they actually are. Saqra is constantly expanding her expertise in the traditional ethnic forms of the dance, the modern stage variants, and the continuing evolving fusion techniques, all these areas combined keep her material fresh and current.

Saqra is widely known as an event promoter, musician, music and instructional video producer, and a registered hypnotherapist in the state of Washington. That is enough stuff to start explaining what she has been doing in belly dance since 1977. Visit her at

PHOTO CREDIT: Photo by Michael Baxter, Santa Clara, California. In the photo, Saqra is holding her Teacher of the Year 2008 Award from Zaghareet Magazine.

Saqra with Award



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