Fashion jewelry, also known as costume or novelty jewelry describes a category of jewelry featuring earrings, necklaces, watches and bracelets, targets what’s hot today and is more for novelty and fun than long-lasting market value. Fashion jewelry is often metal or even non-metal plated as opposed to solid gold or solid silver or gold or silver plated; and, may or may not be decorated with non-precious and/or semi precious stones. For added sparkle or bling, crystals and other cultured gemstones may be used in place of precious and semi-precious gemstones.
Trends in fashion jewelry are inspired by runway fashions and are set by what is hot in the world of high fashion. Without giving up style, fashion jewelry is often less costly than designer jewelry.
Designer jewelry, also known as fine or precious jewelry describes a category of jewelry featuring rings, watches, earrings, bracelets and necklaces and is often associated with a nationally or internationally known company, brand or logo. Pieces are generally made of better metals such as solid silver and solid gold; and/or, silver plating or gold plating. Designer jewelry may retain its value long after the style and popularity have passed. Designer jewelry often features precious and or semi precious gemstones such as diamonds, sapphires, rubies, garnets, pearls, and emeralds.
Trends in designer jewelry can be seen on the runways of Paris, Milan, Rome and New York but are set for all fashion lovers to follow by hip celebrities, movie stars and rich elite members of high society.
When selecting the right piece of jewelry it is important to determine a few factors before making a selection. First off, is the person receiving the jewelry allergic to any metals or non-metals? This is often most obvious when discoloration appears on skin after wearing a specific piece of jewelry. This may determine the type of metal or plating and will often lead to designer jewelry, as gold and silver may be less likely to cause irritation. The second consideration is setting a budget. While designer jewelry can be more costly than fashion jewelry, designer jewelry has the potential retain value in the future. The final consideration in this article is in regards to personal taste. When purchasing jewelry, fashion or designer, it is most important to consider the person wearing the piece of jewelry selected. For gifting purposes, no one likes to return a gift, especially one as personal as jewelry. For a successful purchase, try to visualize other pieces you have seen your loved one wear and try to find a piece that will complement a collection. If there is no collection, jewelry may not be the best choice.