What is the difference between fashion jewellery and costume jewellery? None really, they both mean the same thing. They both refer to the opposite of fine jewellery. Fine jewellery means jewellery made from real, genuine gold, silver and precious stones etc and fashion jewellery or costume jewellery refers to ornamentation pieces made from cheaper materials like pewter, nickel, brass, acrylic, leather, plastic or wood and are usually not keepsakes, family heirlooms or investments like fine jewellery can be. Fashion jewellery and costume jewellery are typically bought and used on a high turnover basis purely based on what is in fashion and what goes with an outfit at the time. However this type of jewellery is of course more popular and accessible as it is very affordable and there are some great pieces out there ranging in all different looks; tribal, glittery and sparkly, rose gold look, gold look and silver look jewellery, beaded pieces and more statement like pieces which are ornamental and colourful.
There are now a couple of chain stores offering fashion jewellery across the country and they have their displays sectioned by looks and colours and each section contains necklaces, bracelets, bangles, earrings, anklets and rings. Now most of these stores also offer blingy bridal jewellery pieces at very affordable rates from online boutique in Australia. Many brides would love to be able to wear real diamonds on their wedding day but it is not always possible and the fashion jewellery chain stores make this possible with very sparkly and classy bridal pieces. The bridal jewellery is also referred to as costume jewellery or fashion jewellery because they are not made from diamonds or other real precious stones.
The best part about buying fashion jewellery for whatever event or whichever outfit to match, is that you get to buy lots of options at cheap prices and if you get sick of a jewellery item you can give it to a friend or dispose of it and buy some more that is currently in fashion or just to test out different looks and styles. Obviously with fine jewellery this would be very, very expensive and for most people with a standard budget, fine jewellery is not an option for everyday jewellery. Unless of course you are a celebrity or part of the elite few who get given expensive, genuine fine jewellery pieces to wear to a special event, it is only a dream for most of us, better stick to fashion jewellery from the local shopping centre!