Costume vs. Fine Fashion Jewelry

As you build your jewelry collection, you might notice two distinct categories: costume jewelry and fine jewelry.

Costume jewelry often has a style and quality that is meant to be fleeting. It might have plastic components, synthetic stones, base metals, or gold plating. These are often statement pieces that you select for a particular outfit or short-term function.

Fine fashion jewelry, on the other hand, is crafted with high-quality stones and precious metals, such as gold and sterling silver. These designs will endure with proper care and treatment.

Both of these types of jewelry serve an important purpose in a collection. Here are a few things you should know about when deciding whether to invest a little more in a fine jewelry piece:

  • Be honest about how often you?ll wear it. Fundamental to the purchase of an investment piece is the intention to make this jewelry a signature part of your wardrobe or something you will enjoy for years to come.

  • Quality is paramount. For jewelry to last a lifetime, it needs to be timeless, well-made and high quality. Know the 4Cs of diamond quality and understand the purity of different types of metals. Don?t be shy about asking a Kay jewelry consultant any questions you may have.

  • Consider investing more in these jewelry staples:
    1. Diamond stud earrings
    2. Cultured pearl earrings or necklace
    3. A delicate gold necklace, with or without a charm
    4. A charm bracelet which you can add charms to throughout your life
    5. A special occasion piece with a little drama, such as chandelier earrings or a diamond necklace.
    6. A basic gemstone ring
    7. A classic cuff or watch


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