Fashion trends and seasons come and go but some things are permanent. The special meaning surrounding gifts, wedding and engagement rings, and the superpowers that come with feeling confident are some of the things that we want to last and are willing to invest in.
But, when it comes to putting all those feelings into a piece of jewelry, how deep are we willing go? Is it deep enough to symbolize permanency and royalty using fine jewelry, or just enough to look good for the season?
What is Fine Jewelry?
Fine jewelry is a representation of real value and class. It is made from (genuine) gold, platinum, or silver. This type of treasure comes embellished in sapphires, rubies and actual diamonds. The strong materials used to bring fine jewelry into life makes them a lot more sturdy compared to costume jewelry. This makes them the best candidates for gifts, wedding rings, and lasting bracelets.
With orthodox maintenance and protection, fine jewelry can serve you for ages without corroding. And if they break, they can be soldered back and fixed as many times as possible. However, they are pricier than their fashion counterparts, but their sustainability and utility make them a worthy outlay.
How is Fashion Jewelry different from Fine Jewelry?
Fashion jewelry, also known as costume jewelry are made from Brass, Nickel, Copper, Aluminium and Bronze. These materials are prone to cracking and tarnishing,giving fashion jewelry a short life span. Plus, when they break, it is almost impossible to fix them and if you do, the end product won’t be as elegant. They are therefore only suitable for passing fashion trends.
Some fashion jewelry can be coated with precious metals, but this doesn’t make them last any longer. However, they still look good and can be used to make bold fashion statements without breaking the bank.
When it comes to durability, quality, higher sense of style, and bespoke beauty that stand the test of time, fine jewelry takes the day. With fine jewelry, you never have to wonder what to wear because they are appropriate for any and every event. And even if they go out of trend, they will still serve you as beautiful classic fashion pieces.
More Than Just The Price Tag
Just because it is expensive doesn’t mean it is fine jewelry. It is important to watch out to avoid being conned out of your hard earned cash. If you’re mixed up regarding where to draw the line between real and imitation, you should look at the piece’s composition. Don’t fall for designers out there who hike the asking price on jewelry just because of their linkage to a successful label name. They make it look as if a below-standard off cut merits more than its market value.
However, most genuine brands only sell high-standard jewelry made of real gemstones and high-priced minerals. Below is more details on popular fine jewelry pieces:
Gold rings are by far the most famous type of fine jewelry, particularly wedding rings, on earth. Rose and red gold have a beautiful pink tone and are very popular. They cannot be found in a pure state and are sold in carats (K). Red gold is a mixture of copper and yellow gold,and rose gold is red gold with silver added into it.
White gold also makes fantastic men’s wedding rings and bracelets, hence its popularity. It’s made by mixing yellow gold with metals like platinum, silver, palladium, or nickel. For example, an 18K white gold bridal jewelry set may comprise 77% gold, 12% palladium, 8% nickel, 3% zinc, and some diamonds.
The white tone is enhanced even more by plating the white gold ring with rhodium. However, the rhodium plating element can wear off if you’ve had, say a braided gold ring in white gold, with you for long. Don’t be surprised to see the original metallic color revealing itself. The good news is you can redo the exterior and plating.
Then there’s black gold, which can be combined with white gold to form a Night line gold ring that is perfect for wedding ring sets. The compound is made by oxidizing an alloy of cobalt and gold at 700-9500C. 18K black gold comprises of 75% gold and 25% cobalt.
Every diamond ring has an extraordinary tale to tell, and enough worth to fit into the fine jewelry section. One fascinating property of diamonds is that there aren’t any two of them that are similar.
When procuring a diamond engagement ring, always look at its size. Just like gold, diamond rings are measured in carats, and the cost increases with cartage. You can find a single 4-carat diamond ring that is costlier than two.2 carat ones.
A diamond’s appearance isn’t directly proportional to its carat weight. For instance, a 2-carat diamond can be smaller than a 1-carat diamond. Diamonds are weighed collectively instead of individually. This is where the term “total carat weight” comes from.
When examining how a diamond was cut, you ought to look at facet arrangement instead of its overall shape. For example, a brilliant style is used to cut round-shaped diamonds. In this style, 57 or 58 arranged facets are designed to reduce the look of inclusions and maximize the gem’s shine. A diamond’s inclusions will be more visible if it has fewer facets.
Fine Jewelry Care
Wherever your liking lies in the fine jewelry department, and however you want to use them, it is always important to take good care of them. Always remember to pad your fine jewelry in a case or box to avoid damaging or scratching them. You should also take them to selected stores for professional cleaning or free examination.
Now that you know the ins and out of fine jewelry, it’s your turn to take a bold step. Get yourself or your loved one a piece and enjoy the prestige that comes with owning them. It is one of those investments that will serve you for a lifetime. They come packed with lifelong value, meaning, and confidence that transforms any look to wow!
The information is provided by Stav Fine Jewelry.