Whether you're jewelry shopping for a specific occasion or just treating yourself, it's important to know what you're looking for. Similarly to shopping for clothing or footwear, the materials used are an indication of the intentions of that piece.
The difference between fashion and fine jewelry is significant and, once learned, can simplify the shopping process.
Fashion jewelry, also referred to as costume jewelry, is most common in the mainstream marketplace. On Local Eclectic you'll find a variety of different style of costume jewelry from gold plated and vermeil to brass, crystal and acrylic jewels.
Our most popular category of fashion jewelry is gold plated and vermeil.
Gold plated and vermeil jewelry are rings, earrings, necklaces, etc that utilize a base metal such as brass or silver then a coating of layers of gold. To qualify as gold vermeil jewelry, the piece must have at least 2 microns thickness of gold plating. Anything less than 2 microns of thickness will simply be categorized as being gold plated.
Gold vermeil is considered the highest quality plating possible. Because of it's thickness, it will last a lot longer than jewelry that is simply plated but it also tends to cost a bit more.
Additional types of fashion jewelry include alternative materials such as acrylic materials, beads, crystals, and leather would also fall into this category of jewelry.
Fine jewelry are any jewels made with solid gold and precious stones. These pieces tend to have a higher price point because their1
most often reserved for special occasions, the most popular being proposals. However, it's also a good option for anyone interested in investing in their jewelry.
Featuring solid gold bands and settings, as well as the high-quality precious stones, these pieces are undeniably made to last. Whereas it's advised that fashion jewelry be removed before exposure to household chemicals and liquids including sweat or water, fine jewelry can be worn 24/7.