What’s the difference? Fine Jewelry | Demi-Fine Jewelry | Fashion Jewelry

What’s the difference? Fine Jewelry | Demi-Fine Jewelry | Fashion Jewelry

Jewelry is an essential part of fashion, and there are various kinds of metals that are used in jewelry making. From fast fashion jewelry to fine jewelry, the type of metal used can impact the quality, durability, and price of the piece. We will explore the different type of metals used in fine jewelry, demi-fine jewelry, and fashion jewelry making and the varying degree of prices for each category.

Fine Jewelry

Fine jewelry is the highest quality and most expensive type of jewelry. This type of jewelry is often made with precious metals, such as gold, platinum, and silver, and may also incorporate precious gemstones, such as diamond or emeralds.  Fine jewelry is designed to last a lifetime and is often passed down through generations. Fine jewelry is more expensive than fast fashion or demi-fine jewelry because of its durability and the added value of the precious metals and natural diamonds.

Demi-Fine Jewelry

Demi-fine jewelry is a step up from the fast fashion jewelry and is designed to be affordable while still offering better quality and durability. The metals used in demi-fine jewelry are typically higher quality than those used in fast fashion jewelry, such as precious metal sterling silver or gold vermeil (a thick layer of gold over 925 sterling silver). Demi-fine jewelry may also incorporate gemstones or other materials such as semi-precious stones, enamel or pearls, to add value and interest to the piece.

Fashion Jewelry

Fashion jewelry (aka: “costume jewelry”) is mass-produced, inexpensive, and often made with low-quality base metals. This type of jewelry is designed to be trendy and affordable, making it accessible to the general public. The metals used in fast fashion jewelry are typically base metals, such as: copper, zinc, aluminum, lead, stainless steel, and brass, which are then coated with a thin layer of gold or silver. While this type of jewelry may be inexpensive, it often lacks durability and may not hold up well over time.

Metal Differences

Each type of metal used in jewelry making has its own unique characteristics and properties. Gold, for example, is soft metal and is often alloyed with other metals, such as silver or copper, to make it more durable. Platinum, on the other hand, is a dense, heavy metal that is extremely durable and scratch-resistant. Sterling silver is popular metal for jewelry making because it is affordable, durable, and easy to work with. Each type of metal has its own unique value and can impact the price of the piece.

Added Value of Higher Quality Jewelry

While investing in higher quality jewelry may be more expensive upfront, the added value and durability can make it a worthwhile investment. Fine jewelry is often designed to last a lifetime and can be passed down through generations, while making it a meaningful and sentimental piece. If price is not an object, then fine jewelry is a good investment.

Demi-fine jewelry is suited for consumers who are price conscious but still want to invest in higher quality and durable jewelry that they can wear for years.

Additionally, higher quality metals may be hypoallergenic, making them less likely to cause skin irritation or allergic reactions.

TPAIGE Jewelry sells demi-fine jewelry pieces that are made with high quality sterling silver plated with thick gold at an affordable price, and are friendly to sensitive skin.

Thanks for visiting our jewelry store, and we hope you find the jewelry you can add to your collection.

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