There are different reasons why many jewelry lovers have an appreciation for both real and costume jewelry. Costume jewelry has advantages that it the jewelry of choice for numerous women although real jewelry may be a valuable asset. The popularity of this type of jewelry continues to increase because of three reasons which are price, variety, and versatility.
Probably the biggest and most apparent advantage of costume jewelry is affordability. There is no reason why a person should spend a large amount of money on a gold necklace or a single diamond ring when a person can buy numerous pieces of costume jewelry for the same cost and therefore get more for your money. A necklace, bracelet or ring that is well constructed can have the same sparkle and beauty of its real diamond counterpart for much less money. With proper care and handling it can last for many years. Costume jewelry that is layered with silver or gold or overlaid with some other precious metal tends to be the most durable and will therefore last longer. Plated jewelry has a tendency to tarnish and fade and tarnish more easily but it can be re plated. It is the affordability of costume jewelry that permits people to experiment with numerous styles, colors, and themes to match a person's interests, hobbies, mood, wardrobe, or taste.
Costume jewelry offers numerous styles and colors. Unlike real precious stones such as sapphires, emeralds, and rubies, the synthetic stones in this type of jewelry are frequently composed of glass, synthetic crystals, rhinestones, and cubic zirconium may be produced in almost any color that can be imagined. Although the typical jewelry of this type usually is made from metal alloys that are coated with precious metals such as platinum, rhodium, silver, and gold, it can also be made from other manmade materials such as plastic acrylic and nylon fiber, or from natural materials such as stones, shells, and wood. These materials permit costume jewelry to have even more choices of style.
Costume jewelry can be worn at nearly any occasion or event from informal gatherings to formal parties to night clubs. A bracelet or necklace that is made from a shell or natural at a family reunion will probably be considered appropriate. However, real gold jewelry might be considered too fancy. Conversely, a sparkling earring set and necklace can make you look really good in your formal attire.