Whether purchased as a gift or for yourself, the right jewellery makes for a timeless possession. There are few things on earth that last as long and can bring the same level of joy as owning precious metals. The trouble is that buying jewellery can often be a case of hit and miss as we struggle to find out what works for us and what doesn’t.
To help you avoid confusion, we’re going to give you an overview of the types of jewellery readily available on the market and why they might be right for you.
Whilst by no means any less popular, costume jewellery or fashion jewellery usually sits at the bottom of the food chain. This type of jewellery is usually made from stainless steel, wood, glass and simulated pearls, often giving you the look of a top end piece of jewellery without the expense to go with it.
There is a piece of fashion jewellery available for all budgets and you will often find that most product ranges emulate the latest trends.
Fine jewellery on the other hand covers the other end of the spectrum and includes all precious metals such as silver and gold as well as precious stones such as diamonds, rubies and sapphires.
Needless to say, fine jewellery will usually cost a lot more than fashion jewellery but there is quite a significant sliding scale with many nice pieces available that won’t break the bank.
As mentioned, the term precious metals can be broken down further into a series of subcategories. These categories include:
- Sterling Silver – Silver is considered to be the most common of all precious metals and will usually not be as expensive as gold. Silver is in fact stronger and lighter in weight which makes it great for all those active types who might damage something a little more delicate.
- Gold – Gold has long been a fan favourite. What most people won’t know is that there are many different types of gold which can be categorised by their purity. 9ct carat gold for example is the least pure of all and is in fact mixed with other metals to make it cheaper but also stronger. 24ct carat on the other hand is purer and far more expensive but also much softer.
- Platinum – Platinum has become increasingly popular in recent years. Silver in colour, platinum is very strong and lightweight as well as scratch resistant. A great choice for men’s jewellery.
Finally, we move on to the most expensive type of jewellery of all. You will usually find precious stones set into another precious metal. This can be seen on a variety of rings, chains and bracelets.
Diamonds are ever popular with emeralds, sapphires and rubies also showing an increase in popularity. Women’s jewellery tends to incorporate a range of precious stones including crystals which usually adds to the aesthetic appeal without increasing costs. There is so much choice out there you will likely find something for everyone.
Buying jewellery doesn’t have to be complicated. Always remember to keep your budget in mind and choose something you like the look of and will appreciate for years to come.