Fine vs Costume Jewellery

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We’ve all heard the saying “imitation is the highest form of flattery.” And this sentiment is evident in all facets of society–from clothing trends, to hair styles, to ideology. While often this type of imitation is a positive movement that leads to new forms of creativity and expression, there are certain things that are better left in their original form. One of these categories is that of fine jewellery.

What Makes Jewellery “Fine?”

The term “fine jewellery” is constantly tossed around in the media and in design. We hear it in ads on TV and see it splattered across the fashion industry. But what does it even really mean? Because often at first glance, it’s hard to tell the worth of jewellery based purely on the appearance.

What truly sets fine jewellery apart—and what makes it so highly regarded and sought after—is the material and artisanship used to craft the pieces. Precious metals are used to construct fine jewellery, such as gold, sterling silver, and platinum, and these metals are often set with genuine gemstones or pearls.

Take, for instance, this beautiful Moxie Gold Necklace. The delicate chains and beads of this gold necklace are carefully made of sterling silver with a gold plating, and those genuine materials qualify it as fine jewellery.

HM1141 MOXIE GOLD NECKLACEThe Evolution of Costume Jewellery

Costume jewellery—also called fashion jewellery—has not always been as popular as it is today. The trend really only emerged in the last century, when CoCo Chanel promoted the idea of purchasing inexpensive accessories to wear everyday as a part of an outfit. Thus, this branch of jewellery developed with the use of low-quality materials and became widespread and inexpensive.

While it’s fun to have this type of accessory for particular outfits or any sort of holiday costume party, the lack of quality takes away from some of what makes jewellery unique. Costume jewellery also has a reputation of degrading quickly and could even discolour the skin it is in contact with.


In fact many allergies associated with jewellery tend to be due to the alloying metals like copper and nickel found moreso in costume jewellery as opposed to the actual precious metals used in the fine jewellery pieces. Sometimes this is not so well appreciated, and assumptions can be made that a person is maybe allergic to every metal where as in fact they could be advised to consider wearing fine jewellery as far fewer people see any kind of reaction to the various precious metals.

Ever had a piece of jewellery turn your skin green? Again, this is down to the metal content and a chemical reaction between acids in your skin. Usually found in costume jewellery commonly due to copper, silver plating or alloy metal added to gold and silver jewellery. Far fewer people will experience any of these issues when wearing high quality fine jewellery.

So, while you may see something in a clothing store that looks similar to an elegant piece of jewellery, such items are only imitations of the real fine jewellery pieces like this stunning rose gold ring.


Why Fine Jewellery Will Always Be Superior to Costume Imitations

The primary and most noticeable difference that sets fine jewellery above imitation replicas is the longevity of the pieces. While a genuine piece of rose gold jewellery will last for years—decades even—with care, the lesser material used to mass produce costume jewellery causes it to lose its bright shine and break easily.

And once broken, costume jewellery is often difficult if not impossible to repair. This is because—unlike the high-quality metals of fine jewellery—these items are made with various plastics and cheaper metals. High-quality metals, however, can be professionally repaired to look as beautiful and lively as the day they were crafted.

The talented team at New Romantic Jewellery cares deeply about quality, so when you choose one of our stunning and meticulously crafted pieces, you can rest assured that you are investing in fine jewellery that can stay in your family for generations to come.

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