Your Ultimate Guide to Fine Jewellery
Do you know the difference between fine jewellery and regular jewellery? Perhaps you already own fine jewellery but would like to know more, or perhaps you’re looking to invest in some fine jewellery pieces. Either way, here’s your ultimate guide to fine jewellery.
What does ‘fine jewellery’ mean?
Fine jewellery is the term used for any jewellery made from a precious metal. This includes gold, silver and platinum. Often, fine jewellery uses gemstones such as diamonds, rubies and sapphires, too. These aspects make it really good quality jewellery, and it is therefore made to last. Fine jewellery is certainly durable enough for everyday wear, although you may wish to save your fancier pieces for special occasions.
What is the difference between fine jewellery and costume jewellery?
Costume jewellery, or fashion jewellery as it’s also called, is the opposite of fine jewellery in that it’s not made from precious metals. Often, the basis of costume jewellery is brass, aluminium or copper, sometimes plated with precious metals to give it the look of fine jewellery but on a budget. Costume jewellery can also be made with plastic, leather or textiles for funky looks, and can include fake or simulated gemstones which are usually made from glass, plastic or crystals.
Is fine jewellery a good investment?
Fine jewellery is always a good investment. First and foremost, it’s made to last, so if for no other reason, buying a piece of fine jewellery can last you a lifetime. If it does unfortunately break, it’s also usually simple to have it repaired.
Aside from the wear and tear aspect, fine jewellery usually retains its value. This is great news if you wish to sell a piece of fine jewellery at a later date, or if you want to hand it down to the next generation as an heirloom.
Is fine jewellery expensive?
Fine jewellery can be expensive, especially the likes of designer fine jewellery, but depending on what you opt for, there will be pieces available for all budgets. Silver jewellery, for example, is often well priced and will be available from many local jewellers, meaning that there are good affordable fine jewellery pieces UK wide.
How should I care for my fine jewellery?
Caring and cleaning for your fine jewellery will really depend on what metal it is made from, and which gemstones are included. However, there some general things that you can do to ensure your fine jewellery really does last a lifetime.
For example, always removing your fine jewellery before doing any manual labour or cleaning will help to stop any scratches or build up of product on it. Similarly, making sure perfumes and lotions are completely dry before putting your jewellery on will help to care for it. A fine jewellery necklace should always be stored in individual soft-lined compartments to make sure that they do not knot together, or stones do not scratch against other pieces.
In terms of cleaning, there are lots of gentle ways that you can clean fine jewellery, many of which are freely available on the internet, but if you’re at all concerned about causing more harm than good, always take your jewellery to a local jeweller for a professional clean.
Ready to invest in fine jewellery? Your local jeweller can help.
If you’re looking to invest in some fine jewellery, whether that be fine jewellery earrings, a bracelet, a brooch or anything else, get in contact with your local jeweller. We can help you to choose a piece, whether you’re looking to wear it every day or perhaps as an investment for the future. Get in touch with E.K. Jewellers in Hainault, and see how we can help.