While fine jewelry is something we normally reserve only for special occasions, such as an engagement, graduation party, birthdays, and seasonal holiday celebrations, costume jewelry is perfect for everyday wear.
Costume Jewelry Types
Fine jewelry deserves its title for a stunning workmanship, genuine precious stones, and materials it’s made of, like gold, or say, platinum. Costume jewelry, also known as fashion jewelry, as a rule of thumb, is made with non-precious or semi-precious stones and metals such as brass, bronze, copper, etc. Costume jewelry categories include: rings, necklaces, earrings and bracelets made with Swarovski crystals, beads, leather or acrylic materials.
What Custom Jewelry Is Made Of
Custom jewelry can also include some made of silver, gold plated or gold vermeil jewelry. The majority of costume jewelry brands and designers create their jewelry pieces with brass or bronze, and jewelry made in this materials is not normally plated. One of the benefits of not plating these metals for costume jewelry is that they can be polished using any standard polishing cloth, and it makes your everyday wear jewelry's maintenance simple and inexpensive. This is to say, if you purchase a brass bracelet or a bronze ring and you find that they start to look a bit dull, just grab a polishing cloth, give it a quick rub and it will be shiny and as good as new in a matter of minutes.
The Origin of The Word “Costume”
Some might be confused by the term “costume jewelry”. The word “costume” in the past referred to what we call an “outfit” today. Costume jewelry has been part of the fashion world since 18th century, when jewelers began making pieces with inexpensive glass and non-precious metals. In the 19th century, costume jewelry made of semi-precious materials came into the mass market as they were more affordable, and customers could have a new piece to accessorize every outfit without breaking a bank. In the middle of the 20th century costume jewelry have reached the rank of the fashion world stars. The demand for costume jewelry was fueled by industrial revolution. The revolution made possible the production of convincingly looking replicas of admired exquisitely crafted fine jewelry pieces for a fraction of the cost.