The difference in Jewelry types, what works best for your Style?
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Fashion has a long history and one humans have used for eons to express ourselves. It can make or break a first impression, take us from confidence level 0 to 100 quicker than we can blink and, of course, be the deciding factor in many situations we find ourselves in.
In all of this, there is one factor in fashion that, throughout history, has been the piece de la resistance. That is our accessories, our Jewelry. Whether Fine, Fashion(Costume) or Vintage, each one has a reputation that we can use to our advantage. All over the world, Women have used their jewelry to tell others about themselves without uttering a word. Here are some ideas on how to incorporate the different types of your jewelry to make an impression that is authentically you.
Fine jewelry is used to describe jewelry made of solid gold, sterling silver, platinum, and/or other precious metals. Often depicted on super stars at award shows, or dinner parties where they drive up in a Rolls Royce, this type of jewelry was usually paired with black-tie fashion. Luckily for the rest of us, designers have gotten the message that we enjoy heirloom pieces also. One of the best ways to showcase a piece of fine jewelry is with a neutral outfit so that the jewelry is the standout piece.
Burnished Gold looks tantalizing when paired with a dark blouse, and sterling silver with a bright gemstone can memorize on the ears with your hair up and worn with a white collared shirt. There are many designers who are specializing in affordable fine jewelry designs, like
Emilie Shapiro. Every woman should have at least one heirloom piece in her collection for those times and days when a more luxe look is required.
Semi-fine jewelry is the category that bridges the gap between fine jewelry and fashion jewelry. Semi-fine jewelry is typically characterized as being gold plated, gold vermeil (a thicker gold plating) or gold fill or Sterling Silver jewelry. These days you find much more selection in this category as many Artisan and Handmade jewelry designers have moved to fill this space.
Semi-Fine Jewelry brings the best designers and innovative designs out for you to choose to your hearts content. Your weekend day-date style of a jeans and a flowing blouse can be elevated authentically with pieces like these pink tourmaline drops or this Faceted Opal and Celestial necklace , tantalizing your admirer and you with just the right amount of luxe (and at a price point we can all appreciate). Going to work, or working form home, in a crisp blazer demands comfortable on-point clay artisan earrings like these Golden Hoop and Spring yellow pair from Jenny Lemons
These days, our culture is seeing the need for well-crafted and quality pieces that come from true Artisans. Semi-Fine Jewelry is having a revolution and I, for one, am here for it.
Fashion (Costume) Jewelry
Fashion, or costume jewelry is jewelry made with inexpensive materials or imitation gems. I think each one of us at one time had a jewelry box filled with the latest styles from Claire's and Target. (If your finger wasn't green as a teenager, have you really lived? ) That being said, big department store have done a good job of creating pieces that mirror better quality, even if they are not. This does open up more styles and designs for us, or use it to try out a new design before you drop the investment on the real thing. I still have some cute studs I got at Target, and they are my go-to pair when I'm going out for a girls night and need a little shimmer, and wouldn't mind losing one.
In the end, The Jewelry that is the right fit for you is the one that aligns with your Ethics, Style and Authenticity. Being a Handmade Jewelry designer has given me insight into the energies that surround me in the things I wear, and how they were made. A piece of costume jewelry can align more with my ethics of sustainability if made by a maker in the next town than a piece of Fine Jewelry made by a machine in a factory filled with underpaid and exploited workers. Your Jewelry style is as much about the pieces themselves as what they represent.
FiveMoons Jewelry is a collection of authentic semi-fine handcrafted pieces. Each one is designed with an blessed invocation of empowerment for it's wearer-You.
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