When you talk of jewellery in general, it covers a wide and large canvas. It includes fine jewellery, costume jewellery and fashion jewellery. The first is related to high value pieces made of gold, platinum and other precious metals studded with very expensive stones, all brought together for creating intricate and awe inspiring designs. Naturally, they border on the high-end luxury scale not to talk about their cost.
However, while fashion jewellery and costume jewellery are usually talked about in the same breath, there is a thin dividing line between the two even though there is nothing much to differentiate in looks. It is basically a matter of how these terms came into vogue.
Costume Jewellery – The concept was coined way back in the 1930s when Hollywood produced some of its most magnificent movies and actresses were required to wear very costly fine jewellery. This created a problem as there was always a possibility of the pieces getting lost, stolen or broken. Instead, ways and means were explored to create jewellery that would cost a lot loss but would retain the aesthetics of fine jewellery. Plated base metals were thus used instead of original precious metals. Solid gold gave way to pieces that were only plated with gold. This lessened the price of the jewellery and they came to be called as costume jewellery as against fine jewellery which it replicated.
Costume jewellery is just as beautiful as fine jewellery. A form of costume jewellery which is very popular is known as diamante. These have intricate designs and have rhinestone studded in them instead of precious or semi-precious gems. One of the famous suppliers of crystals for costume jewellery is Swarovski. These crystals are ideal to replace sapphires, rubies and emeralds in fine jewellery.
Fashion Jewellery – In terms of affordability, this is at par with costume jewellery and is created with plated metals. This is jewellery for the masses and any form of innovation is acceptable. Thus you get fashion jewellery made of plastic of which colourful earrings is the prime example. Rubbery wristbands and bracelets are fashion jewellery too as are necklaces made of cheap metals. What is the focus of fashion jewellery design is the patterns and looks instead of what it is made of.
At the end of the day, it is not whether it is costume jewellery or fashion jewellery that takes your fancy. It is all about wearing something that matches your clothes and makes you the talk of a party fashion wise. Mix, match and experiment with your attire and other accessories since you will not be limited by the range of choices that fashion jewellery has to offer.