There is always some confusion in the marketplace over what exactly the term fashion jewelry means. In the jewelry industry it is sometimes referred to as bridge jewelry. That's because it "bridges" the gap between low-end costume jewelry and high-end fine jewelry.
The primary difference between costume and fashion jewelry is the quality of the materials that go into making each piece. Costume jewelry is made from base metals that are generally of poor quality. Stones and other non-metallic ornaments are usually synthetic, and are often made from cut glass or plastics.
Fashion jewelry is often made from precious metals like silver. Although non-precious metals may also be used, they are a higher quality than those used in costume jewelry, and are often plated with real gold.
The stones used in this jewelry include agate, amazonite, amethyst, garnet, citrine, aquamarine, and hundreds of others.
Natural coral, mother of pearl, cultured pearl, and even amber, a fossilized, hardened resin that originally came from pine trees over 50 million years ago, are also frequently used in these pieces.
The overall difference in the quality between costume and fine jewelry is immediately handsome to even the most casual observer, male or female.
How To Safely Choose Fashion Jewelry
If you are buying fashion jewelry in a store, the process is pretty easy. You can pick up the piece and examine it for marks indicating the metal type and plating, and you can instantly see the quality of the stones and other decorative items. Plus you can try it on as well as ask the salesclerk about the piece if you have any questions.
But if you are buying your jewelry online, it gets a little bit harder to make your selection.
Here's how to have the best online fashion jewelry buying results:
* Look for clear photographic images of the pieces you are considering buying, not simple line drawings. A good photograph is the closest you'll come to being able to pick it up and try it on before you buy.
* Read the product description carefully to see whether or not the online fashion jewelry store discloses the materials used in manufacturing the piece. If you encounter terms you are not familiar with, run them through your favorite search engine to see what they mean.
* These are common terms you're likely to encounter:
*** Faux: A faux stone is an imitation stone.
*** Electroplated: A process using electricity to coat one metal with an other. The term HGE means heavy gold electroplate.
*** Paste: Ground glass that is put into a mold and melted into the shape of a stone or decorative ornament.
*** Gold Filled: Similar to electroplated in that gold is layered on top of another metal. The term GF or doublé d'or, also means gold filled.
* Make sure you know the online fashion jewelry store's shipping, customer service, and satisfaction guarantee policies.
If you want to look good on a budget, fashion jewelry is a great investment that will not break the bank!