What Is Costume Jewelry?
Costume jewelry refers to any type of jewelry that is made of cheaper, often lower quality materials. This usually refers to jewelry made from acrylic and other plastic beads, plated metals, simulated or fake gemstones, and other lower budget materials.
What Is Fine Jewelry?
Fine jewelry is generally made from genuine metals, gemstones and other precious or semi-precious materials. This could be genuine gold or silver and any type of natural crystals or gemstones (quartz, marble, kyanite, sapphire, diamond, amethyst, and so on).
Is My Healing Gemstone Jewelry Costume Jewelry or Fine Jewelry?
Consider the materials of each individual piece of jewelry when you determine whether it's costume jewelry. If the jewelry piece is made up of all or mostly precious or semi-precious gemstones and few to zero cheaper materials, then by nature it is fine jewelry. However, if the piece is made up of mostly cheaper materials (like plastic or plated metal) and maybe just one to a few gemstones, it is most likely costume jewelry.
Gemstones in healing jewelry are usually precious or semi-precious. Look at the ratio of semi-precious or precious material compared to that of lower grade materials. In general, if the amount of higher-grade materials outweighs the lower grade ones, it is fine jewelry. However, if the lower grade materials are greater, then it might be costume jewelry. But it can get trickier here because some gemstones can be quite expensive and raise the value of the piece. Defining between costume and fine jewelry requires knowing the materials used and their value.
Why Choose Higher Quality Gemstone Jewelry Over A Cheaper Costume Style?
This can be a personal preference. But it can also be a matter of quality. Usually, fine or designer jewelry will be of higher quality. You can often recognize this in the price. If healing gemstone jewelry has a higher price than you expected, in many cases this is due to the cost of the quality materials used to make the item. The higher quality the materials are, combined with the expertise of the artisan, the more likely your piece is to last longer.
Costume jewelry can be a more affordable choice but you do often get what you pay for. Therefore, a lower price tag might mean it doesn't last as long. Both styles of jewelry have their place. But if you are looking for fine jewelry, many styles of healing gemstone jewelry do fit within that category. If you are trying to understand and compare materials, ask the seller if possible.
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