Who doesn't love Swarovski jewelry? Ranging from elegant and refined to frilly and fun to rocker chic, their pieces are sure to get noticed. And don’t even get me started on their Hello Kitty line! Not only do I love to wear their pieces myself, but they’re also one of my go-to gifts—they provide a big “wow factor” without breaking the bank! That being said, Swarovski’s retail prices can be a bit steep unless you know a few tricks. Here are my favorite ways to save on genuine Swarovski crystal jewelry:

1. Brick-and-Mortar Outlet Stores

The best way to save on Swarovski jewelry is to hit the outlet during a sale. Swarovski has outlets in 12 states (click here to see if your state is included). Swarovski outlets have good Black Friday sales with products typically being marked down 50–75 percent, but I also scored a really cute ring with a lot of crystal work for less than $20 during a 4th of July sale. During the same sale they had an embellished coin purse for $20, a cute bangle for $27 and a special-offer pendant for $25. To save yourself a trip, call or look online to see if there is a current promotion. Be sure to take a trip to the outlet around holidays like Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day, but don’t discount less obvious times like back-to-school.

2. Sales on Swarovski.com

Shopping doesn’t get easier than browsing the web in your PJs! Create an account and Swarovski will email you information about new products and sales promotions twice a month. Items typically get marked down 50 percent. While the prices on many products may still be out of reach even after the discount, there is usually a respectable amount of jewelry in the $30–50 range. One of the quirks of their site is that not all the jewelry that is marked down makes it to the sale page, so your best bet is to look under all the tabs to make sure you don’t miss a great deal.

3. Duty Free

When I am on vacation, I prefer to get jewelry, unique clothes and home décor as souvenirs instead of cheesy touristy items. If you happen to be traveling internationally there are some great opportunities to save on Swarovski jewelry at duty free shops. Savings can vary, but on a recent trip to Canada I noticed that many pieces were around 20–40 percent off of their regular retail value. Though the savings are modest, the selection is superb!

4. Online Outlet

Swarovski's online outlet can provide some great savings, but you have to know your stuff because their posted retail values can be misleading. For example, almost every ring is listed at around $56 with a retail value of $303. This sounds like great savings, except that most of these rings likely never retailed for anywhere near $300 at full price—in fact, many regularly sell for under $100. If you know the true retail price of the piece you’re interested in, you will be able to figure out your savings, but if you’re flying blind you may not be saving as much as you think. Since pricing is uniform, the best savings tend to be on higher-end, glitzy jewelry rather than modest-sized pieces since their real retail value is much closer to—or even above—what is stated on the site.

5. Swarovski Elements

Kohl's carries a cute line of jewelry that is made with genuine Swarovski elements ranging in price from $40–800, but with the right Kohl's cash promotion you can get substantial discounts (click here for more on how to save at Kohl’s). Other retailers who sell Swarovski or jewelry with genuine Swarovski elements include Macy’s, JCPenney, and Saks Fifth Avenue, which all have their own sale cycles that can be combined with coupon codes.

6. Discount Stores

Stores like Marshalls and T.J.Maxx carry designer jewelry brands like Swarovski at a fraction of their retail value, but the selection is often very limited. I usually see only one or two items in stock with a few more just before Christmas, so the chances of getting the exact piece you've been wanting is slim. But if you’re looking to save on a gift or don’t have a particular piece in mind, this could be a great way to save!

This is a guest post by April from Grand Blanc, MI
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