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We Tried Pieces from This Jewelry Brand and Now We’re Rethinking All of Our Staples

Laure By Aurate from Aurate and Helzberg Diamonds
Design: theSkimm | Photo: Helzberg Diamonds
November 2, 2023

Welcome to Skimm Tested, where we put products to the test and then give 'em a report card. (Check out all of our tried-and-tested faves here.)

The assignment…

There’s a certain comfort in having those go-to jewelry pieces you know will never let you down. But when it’s time to switch those up (afterall, winter is coming…), it’s hard to know where to start. Enter: Laure by Aurate. We asked three HQ’rs to test out a few items from the collection to see if they’re comfy, versatile, and actually live up to the hype. Spoiler alert: They do.

What we tested…

  • 18” Curb and Paperclip Chain Necklace ($300). A layer-friendly chain that has the best of both worlds. 

  • Thin Huggie Hoop Earrings ($100). 12mm understated hoops that work whether you’re dressing up or down.

  • Pearl Bracelet with Vermeil Closure ($150). A standout piece with a minimum of 33 round, cultured freshwater pearls.

Straight A’s in…

  • Versatility. We styled our pieces with everything from a workout set to a going-out look (jeans and a cute top, anyone?). Each one worked seamlessly either on its own or with our other staple jewelry. The earrings, necklace, and bracelet are alllll team players. 

  • Durability. No matter how many dishes we washed or dance floors we dominated, each piece stayed tarnish- and scratch-free. Not to mention clasped the entire time. These must-haves are here for a good time and a long time. 

  • Comfort. Each piece is so lightweight, but especially the huggie earrings. My coworker and I actually forgot we were wearing them at one point. 

Laure by Aurate Thin Huggie Hoop Earrings
Design: theSkimm | Photo: Helzberg Diamonds

Works best for...

  • Anyone on the hunt for new staple jewelry. 

  • Anyone shopping for gold pieces without a gold price tag. All three items’ gold material is created with vermeil. Aka a thick, 2.5-micron layer of gold over sterling silver for a long-lasting, wallet-friendly wear. (PS: The collection also features a few 14K gold accessories.)

Laure by Aurate Curb and Paperclip Chain Necklace in Vermeil, 18"
Design: theSkimm | Photo: Helzberg Diamonds

Gets extra credit for…

  • Female-founded leadership. Aurate was created by two women on a mission to inspire and empower others with high-quality jewelry at affordable prices. So their partnership with Helzberg Diamonds really is a dream come true.

  • Ethical sourcing. The entire Laure by Aurate collection was created with Mother Earth in mind. Pretty impressive if you ask us. 

  • Sensitive skin-friendliness. The huggie earrings in particular are a great choice for anyone with sensitive ears. Our most sensitive tester reported zero itchiness or discomfort. Double-tap.  

How we did our homework…

  • Three HQ’rs tried the necklace, earrings, and bracelet both by themselves and alongside their other staple jewelry pieces for 10 days. They took notes on comfort, durability, versatility, and overall experience.  

Laure by Aurate Pearl Bracelet with Vermeil Closure
Design: theSkimm | Photo: Helzberg Diamonds


  • The Laure by Aurate collection collaboration from Aurate and Helzberg Diamonds brings together two brands dedicated to creating high-quality pieces for everyone.

  • Shop the rest of the collection at

  • The Curb and Paperclip Chain Necklace is $300, Thin Huggie Hoop Earrings are $100, and the Pearl Bracelet with Vermeil Closure is $150. Skimm’rs get an exclusive 15% off the Laure by Aurate collection with code Skimm15. 

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