Costume or fashion jewellery is basically defined as a cheap, disposable accessory meant to be worn with a specific outfit, but in reality, it is much more than that. There is a whole industry built on the production and sale of this form of jewellery. There are also avid collectors of fashion jewellery and because of it’s relatively cheap price in comparison to « fine » jewellery, it is much more accessible to the general consumer. And don’t be fooled by the somewhat derogatory description either, costume jewellery can be absolutely stunning, created in every design, material, colour and size imaginable.
The materials generally used in the creation of this type of jewellery are many and varied and can include, sterling silver, alpaca silver, silver-plated or gold-plated brass, various crystals, semi-precious stones, cubic zirconia simulated diamonds and murano glass. Even leather, plastic, wood and every sort of bead can be incorporated in their creation.
Costume jewellery has been in use for thousands of years and has played an important role in many different cultures. From the ancient Egyptians, to the African and Inca people of old, it has played an important part in ceremonies and status.
Nowadays, it’s not just the working girl who loves wearing costume jewellery. It is popular with Hollywood stars too. From necklaces, rings, bracelets, earrings, choker necklaces and toe-rings, the range of products are only limited by the imagination. Where costume jewellery is concerned, there is definitely something for everyone.
Unfortunately, there are some people who are allergic to copper and/or nickel and for this reason, they often steer clear of wearing this style of jewellery made from these materials, but there are products that can be used to coat the parts of the jewellery that come in contact with the skin. So no matter who you are, you can enjoy costume jewellery too.
Even though fashion jewellery may not be as expensive as fine jewellery, it still requires a certain amount of care to keep it looking it’s best. Cleaning it is extremely simple but needs to be done on a regular basis to stop it from tarnishing. wholesale fashion jewellery Just use a mild detergent mixed in water to keep your jewellery in good shape. It is important not to soak the jewellery and to make sure that you dry it thoroughly before putting it away.
You can buy anti-tarnish paper to wrap your jewellery in before you pack it away for long periods of time but regular cleaning is the best way to prevent tarnishing. The tarnishing of fashion jewellery is generally caused by the metal reacting with the atmosphere and oxidizing.
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