Fashion jewelry denotes that jewelry which is a hot rage among women. At one time it was known as paste jewelry because it was stuck to the costumes of theater artistes, and added shine and glitter to them. Later on fashion jewelry used for costumes came to be known as costume jewelry.
Today, a more appropriate definition of fashion jewelry is jewelry that is in vogue – that is a jewelry that is in fashion and which every woman wants to sport. Sometimes timeless pieces of vintage jewelry may also become fashionable, but then such jewelry is available with only a few people.
Unlike gold or platinum jewelry, fashion jewelry can be bought by all people. It is much more affordable as compared to gold or platinum jewelry or jewelry studded with semiprecious stones. It is available as rings, chains, chokers and bracelets. Men can buy thumb rings and trendy chains.
The materials that are used for making fashion jewelry range from wood to synthetic materials. Carved or engraved wood jewelry is especially popular among teenagers. Rhinestone is another favorite, and is used in rings, bracelets and chains. Another material that is commonly used is Lucite; it is synthetically produced. Besides this, synthetically produced gemstones are also used to make jewelry sets. Acrylic and ceramic though not that common are also used for designing.
Almost all the settings are done on a base metal. The most common metals that are used are copper, brass and silver. They are cheaper as compared to other metals and are relatively more abundant in nature. They are also easy to work on. Many have found a liking for green or even pink gold, which is produced by adding other metals to gold to produce a slight hue. Gold plated jewelry and gold filled jewelry also form an important part of fashion jewelry offerings.