So, perhaps you've been thinking about buying jewelry online or locally. Knowing something about the vast selection you have available to you can help. For instance, what are some of the most requested and purchased types of jewelry? Many online searchers look for these particular kinds of jewelry:
Other than beauty, brand name, quality and material, a key feature to consider is price. Usually, the cost of costume or fashion jewelry is lower than fine jewelry. What constitutes fine jewelry? Typically, jewelry made with precious materials such as gold, platinum and/or silver is considered fine jewelry. Add precious gemstones such as diamonds, rubies and sapphires and the value and price of your jewelry piece can rise to the stratosphere.
Of course, lower price alone does not govern your choice. Jewelry is often selected emotionally - unlike everyday items such as milk. If fine jewelry is more than your budget can sustain, costume and fashion jewelry is vastly popular. What exactly signifies fashion or costume jewelry?
When was the term "costume jewelry" actually coined? Though it's not certain, a good guess would be in the heyday of costume or fashion jewelry in the mid twentieth century. However, this economical type jewelry has been around for centuries.
Often interchangeable with "fashion jewelry," costume jewelry was born out of a need to offer inexpensive or even disposable jewelry to the general population. Costume jewelry made it possible for all, not just the rich, to purchase beautiful jewelry creations. Even the "well-to-do" favor costume jewelry to adorn specific outfits or costumes.
Costume jewelry encompasses a much wider definition than originally imagined. Today, this type of jewelry is probably not bought for a "costume" or particular fashion but for every day use with multiple outfits. Still, as the term suggests, it has particular characteristics that define it.
Unlike fine jewelry, costume jewelry is not typically intended as a keepsake, collectable, heirloom or investment. Though it is a less well-off cousin, fashion or costume jewelry has attained status over the years. Who and when jewelry is designed, whether fashion or fine, can influence and increase its value.
For instance, at the peak of costume jewelry's popularity, in the mid-20th century, it was vogue, chic and stylish to wear designer costume jewelry from such notables as Dior, Monet, Napier, Coventry and Chanel. Jewelry from these luminaries might now be considered collectable and vintage regardless of whether this jewelry was made from base metals, glass, leather, synthetic stones or even plastic!
Many jewelry companies and designers have moved their production facilities to manufacturing regions such as India and China in exchange for lower overhead and less expense. Finding jewelry made in America may be a challenge because countries that manufactured for pennies on the dollar have become a common practice. Even designer jewelry has sustained its price and prestige despite manufacturing methods. How is this possible? Perhaps, the advent of world wide marketing and sophisticated manufacturing techniques have enhanced jewelry production, competition and therefore quality.
As a result, numerous well-known jewelry designers put their name or mark on costume and fashion jewelry pieces because, for a number of reasons in addition to economy, it is made well. So, quality manufacturing is a significant factor in the valuation of jewelry because it augments a designer's existing reputation and therefore can translate into a higher price.
Many variables can either increase or reduce the cost of jewelry.
For example, here are some preliminary questions that can help you zero-in
on a price range.
Jewelry manufacturers and companies stay in business largely based on the merit of their products and services. When jewelry makers or designers such as Tiffany, Chanel, Gucci, Prada stake years of reputation on making and selling jewelry, their valued customers trust that their brand of jewelry offers quality and prestige.
You may be well acquainted with local jewelry retail stores or distribution giants who offer a variety of jewelry prices and styles. The range can run from the high-end like Neiman Marcus, to the mid-range like Macy's or the lower price tier such as jewelry offered by Target and Kohl's. You may also find these brands locally or on the Internet.
You may be leaning toward a century old company like Swarovski crystal jewelry or your favorite small boutique. Since it's a buyer's market, it is always a smart and cost-effective practice to comparison shop for your special jewelry selections whether from a retail outlet or store, manufacturer, or wholesale distributor.
The Internet has transformed not only the nature of shopping for specific
jewelry like fashion, antique or diamond jewelry, but shopping in general.
Even the most respected companies cannot vie for customers' attention if they
do not have, at least, a web site.
Getting attention and favorable online reviews and ratings is essential to
a jewelry designer or manufacturer's success. With that said, as a jewelry
consumer how do you find reliable pro-customer sources to assist you in finding
the best jewelry for you?
When researching jewelry, there are numerous places to look including jewelry
companies or manufacturer websites, online distributors (i.e., E-bay, Amazon,
Etsy), advertisements, independent blogs, ratings, how-to or DIY making jewelry
sites. How do you separate hype from solid information? A tip is that most
noteworthy websites, publications or other sources have been in business for
a number of years, have a reputation, secure buying, return or refund policies
and back up their claims with verifiable sources.
Other ways to shop for jewelry are old standards such as common sense, "gut instinct" and "word of mouth."
Additionally, jewelry companies that offer guarantees and return policies can be more readily trusted. Reviewers that recommend jewelry companies and websites that offer these assurances and also extensive satisfied customers' feedback are more believable. A standard rule is - the best jewelry comes from companies that back up their products and adhere to the adage "the customer is always right."
Today, jewelry though most typically bought by women, has many positive attributes
for men as well. In recent years, men's interest in all that glitters has
increased. The most common men's jewelry types range from watches and rings
(wedding bands) to earrings.
Antique jewelry is desired by many. Regardless of the value of the materials
used in its creation, vintage pieces can command top dollar. Our fascination
or nostalgia for times past may help explain the appeal of antique jewelry.
Or, perhaps the craftsmanship of non mass-produced jewelry and artisan uniqueness
is the charm of antique type jewelry. Whatever the qualities, jewelry from
the past is ever popular.
How difficult your new jewelry is to make will depend on whether you do it yourself, start from scratch or use a book, a class or a jewelry kit. Experts or designers have often been making jewelry for years with sophisticated tools or manufacturing processes. Some jewelry designers or artists teach others their well-honed craft of jewelry making.
What style or material and type of jewelry you choose will also affect how easy or difficult making jewelry is for you. More common jewelry making methods such as those found in kits, or simple assembly are typically easier to complete. The more customized and complex your jewelry is could increase both the cost of construction and the time it take to complete.
Whatever the type of jewelry you choose to make (for instance, pendants, rings, earrings, necklaces, or bangle bracelets) you'll want to estimate in advance the tools, directions, and costs your jewelry project will require. List the materials and tools you need or want to use for your costume or fine jewelry such as silver wire, beads, gems, and other findings and then make a rough estimate of the total cost in advance. This will prevent surprises and help you successfully finish your jewelry creation more quickly, easily and enjoyably.
Making jewelry yourself may seem like a fun and possibly a money-saving idea
unless it's your first time or you are teaching yourself. Determining what
your objective is in making jewelry will help you decide if it's something
you want to try. Do-it-yourself websites may oversimplify the construction
process. If you are stuck spending a lot on materials and left with unfinished
or unwearable jewelry, you could end up disappointed and unsatisfied.
Life is full of positives and negatives. Depending on the circumstance, weighing the pros and cons can be crucial or of little consequence. In the case of buying jewelry, your decision (though not about to shift the earth off its axis) could affect your happiness and satisfaction. Choosing the right jewelry for you or as a gift is of personal importance and has the power to uplift, brighten your mood, and beautify your wardrobe.
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