Fashion or costume jewelry can be a good way to spruce up your wardrobe without burning a hole in your pocket. It looks good, feels good and what else do you need! Unlike fine jewelry, the materials used in fashion jewelry look good only at the surface. Metals used are usually copper, nickel, or other non-precious metals coated with precious metals by plating, dipping, filling and rolling.Certain high quality fashion jewelry pieces can be hard to distinguish from fine jewelry even upon close inspection.
Fashion jewelry has its roots in the technique of enamel jewelry in early 19th century. Designers employed this technique to enhance non-precious metals and it found a huge market in people who were eager to experience high fashion without the means to pay for it.
Now fashion jewelry holds its own in the jewelry industry and with all you need to know about it, here is Jeff Molenda
Fashion jewelry can complete your wardrobe without breaking the bank. It is created from inexpensive metals and imitation gemstones. Fallalery, fake jewelry, junk jewelry, costume jewelry and trinkets are some other unflattering names given to this kind of jewelry.
Unlike “real” or fine jewelry, fashion jewelry is strictly used in fashion. It may be rather flashy and gaudy. High end fashion jewelry is more subdued and is designed to simulate upscale jewelry.
What it is made up of?
Fashion jewelry is made from base metals, acrylic, plastic, glass, synthetic stones, wood, or leather. Inexpensive simulated gemstones that are used include rhinestones or lucite; and the jewelry’s stones are showcased in pewter, sterling silver, nickel or brass settings. The main reason behind the use of sterling silver and other base metals is that they resemble platinum. Today, fashion jewelry is designed with high end synthetic gemstones; such as crystal and cubic zirconium. The base metals used include gold and silver plated brass, vermeil and sterling silver.
What is the right way to use it?
Fashion jewelry can make or break someone’s personality. For those who believe that wearing fashion jewelry makes them look cheaper, here is how to use this kind of jewelry the right way:
Avoid looking overdone
Regardless of the kind of fashion jewelry you are wearing, it is easy to look overdone. The best way to avoid coming off cheap is to follow one simple rule: “Less is more”. Too many rings, bracelets, chains and choker with the same gem theme can become a fashion jewelry nightmare. Keep your jewelry selection simple. “More” is not always “Better.” For example; a fashionable person wearing one gold necklace speaks Elegance, while that same person draping ten gold necklaces around his neck screams “OVERDONE.”
Size, color and outfit
Besides limiting your jewelry to a few well chosen pieces, you can look fashionable by keeping three things in mind- size, color, and outfit.
Size: Stay with smaller, tasteful pieces of jewelry. A diamond ring sporting a gem of the size of a lemon cries out cheap.
Color: Elegance is destroyed if the choice of color is not right. Wearing jewelry that sports a gem in an unreal color cries gaudy.
Outfit: When choosing the best jewelry for your outfit, spend some time reading fashion magazines to know some fundamental do’s and don’ts of fashion. Wearing a 10 carat emerald with a grubby workout costume will shout “No Fashion Sense!!”
Try getting the right size
Everyone has their own unique aesthetic preferences when it comes to wearing chokers, necklaces or chains. Also, individuals must take into account their unique physical characteristics when purchasing jewelry that hangs around their neck. We are not all the standard sizes, nor do we have the same taste in jewelry. For those who may believe that a customized size must be ordered for a particular set of fashion jewelry, just trying the next larger standard size may be your answer. In the event you feel that you need a smaller, customized size, ask the jeweler if the necklace or chain can be shortened by removing some of the links. Remember to store those removed links for future use. Ordering a customized version might be inevitable if a jewelry piece is not at all available in your size.
If you are unable to decide on the kind of fashion jewelry you should wear, just follow the celebrities or some other fashion icon you have in mind. This will certainly help you make the right decision.
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