For those of us who want to spice up our physical selves with ornamental allure, costume jewelry is the way to get there! Have you ever visited an accessories store? They are as exciting and fun for the eyes as entering a candy store is for the taste buds!
Your eyes will drink in rings, earrings, bracelets, necklaces. phone holders, scarves, hats, purses, wallets, and other fashion items, all shiny, brassy and beautiful.
Costume jewelry is definitely candy for the body! Bodacious bling!
Costume jewelry, known as fake jewelry, is jewelry manufactured to complement a particular fashionable outfit or garment. Costume jewelry consists of stones, gems, etc. that are not real (fine jewelry). Therefore, costume jewelry is much less expensive than fine jewelry, yet costume jewelry can be just as gorgeous as the true thing!
Costume Jewelry Fun Fact: The term costume jewelry dates back to the early 20th century. The term reflects the use of the word “costume” to refer to what we now call an outfit.
Costume jewelry collectibles!
Costume, or fashion jewelry, is made of inexpensive simulated gemstones, such as rhinestones or lucite, set in pewter, silver, nickel or brass. During the World War II era, sterling silver was often incorporated into costume jewelry designs.
Costume jewelry, in addition to looking knock-out glam, incorporates a wide range of materials. High end crystals, cubic zirconia simulated diamonds, and some semi-precious stones are used in place of precious stones. Metals include gold or silver plated brass, and sometimes vermeil or sterling silver. Lower priced jewelry may still use gold plating over pewter, nickel or other metals. Items made in countries outside of the United States may contain lead. Some costume jewelry pieces incorporate plastic, leather or wood.
Your jewelry doesn’t have to be real to have high end fashion appeal!
Costume Jewelry Fun Fact: Costume jewelry has been a part of the culture for almost 300 years. During the 18th century, jewelers began making pieces with inexpensive glass. In the 19th century, costume jewelry made of semi-precious materials came onto the market. The real golden era for costume jewelry began in the middle of the 20th century. The middle class wanted beautiful, but affordable, jewelry. This allowed for women in all social classes, even the working class, to own a small piece of costume jewelry.
Jewels are juicy and when worn, jump out and highlight your outfit!
Coco Chanel greatly popularized the use of costume jewelry in her years as a fashion designer, bringing fake jewelry to life with gold and faux pearls. In many instances, high-end fashion jewelry has achieved a collectible status, and the jewelry items increase in value over time.
Shimmer, shine and look divine when coated in jewels of glamorous grandeur! Sweetness for the eyes and bling fit for a queen!
Some advantages of costume jewelry, in addition to the cost savings from fine jewelry, is that you can accent your outfits in mouth-watering, bold, lavish jewelry from rings and things, to large, chunky bracelets, splendid earrings, gorgeous gems and neon necklaces. If you lose or break an item, the jewelry can easily be replaced.
Costume jewelry manufacturers are located throughout the world, with a particular concentration in parts of China and India, where entire city-wide and region-wide economies are dominated by the trade of these goods.
Costume jewelry to adore, need I say more?
Be an uptown girl on a downtown day when you glimmer and glitz the day away dressed in gems too beautiful to ignore!
A significant factor in the popularization of costume jewelry was the Hollywood movie. The leading female stars of the 1940s and 1950s often wore, and then endorsed, the pieces of faux jewelry produced by a range of designers.
Design a signature trademark for yourself through various pieces of costume jewelry. Find one jewelry item that you adore (whether it is rings, earrings, bracelets, necklaces, hair accessories, etc.) and then never leave home without wearing that one piece of jewelry. Mix it up to make it more fun (i.e., if you decide to always wear a thumb ring, you can make a splash in different thumb rings to match your clothes, but never let your thumb be naked).
Fashion is fun, fashion is fierce. A true diva always stands out from the crowd, yet never has to be loud to get the attention in a crowd!
Costume jewelry, trinkets, fashion fun jewelry! Add some sparkle to your day in an easy, inexpensive, yet fantastic way.
Author Nancy Mangano is the author of two Natalie North murder mystery novels, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy. Nancy has blended her love of detective work and her lifelong fashion fetish into her books. Visit Nancy on her author website http://www.nancymangano.com, her fashion/style/beauty/book blog http://www.passionforprying.wordpress.com, Twitter @nancymangano and her author “like” Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano.