Fine vs. Fashion Jewelry

Everyone has different tastes in jewelry. Some like gold, some like silver; some like sapphires and some like diamonds--but something we can all agree on is the difference between fine jewelry and fashion jewelry.

It boils down to the materials of the actual pieces of jewelry.

Fine Jewelry

Fine jewelry is made of precious alloy metals and set with precious or semi-precious pearls and gemstones. The metals used to craft fine jewelry are platinum, various golds (white, yellow, rose), and sterling silver. Gems used in the creation of fine jewelry are: sapphire, ruby, chalcedony, diamond, topaz, aquamarine and many more. Vermeil and gold-filled jewelry are also considered fine.

Fine jewelry is meant to last decades, even centuries. Many pieces of fine jewelry become heirlooms. It never goes out of style.

Fine jewelry never tarnishes and it can be repaired, resized, or reworked by skilled jewelers.

Fashion Jewelry

Fashion jewelry can be found in nearly every woman's jewelry box. It can be beautiful and even appear top quality--but it should never be mistaken for fine jewelry. Designers create fashion pieces that follow current trends. It is always meant to be worn as an accessory and you will find the pieces will go out of style, unlike fine jewelry. But, you can still make a big statement with a small price!

It is not crafted with precious metals, unless there is plating over the base metal. Many of the metals used in fashion jewelry are stainless steel, titanium, nickel, copper, brass, and tungsten. Fashion jewelry does not contain any precious or semi-precious gemstones. Gems included in the production of fashion jewelry are crystal, hematite, tiger eye, amber, cubic zirconia, quartz, and more. When it comes to fashion pearls, they are always faux or simulated; such glass pearls. They can still be stunning or even look real, but sometimes the quality is not there and they don't last as long as fine jewelry.

Let's look at an example:


This Oval Blue Sapphire Three Stone Ring with Pear Diamonds is offered at heirloom quality on the Angara website. It retails for $11,559. The intricacy and detail of this ring can only be achieved by the finest alloids and gemstones. This piece is ready to be passed down generations.

This Sterling Silver Round Swarovski Austrian Crystal Birthstone Ring is sterling silver with a high polish finish, encompassing a cubic zirconia stone. It retails for $72. This ring is a great choice for those who want a less expensive, yet finished look. With its simple design and silver plating, this ring completes many outfits without breaking the bank.

At Boston Designer Jewelry Imports, we strive to bring you top quality, fine jewelry for every occasion. Shop our collection at: and follow us on all your favorite social media.

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