Saying that jewelry is the perfect complement to our daily life would be no exaggeration. Jewelry is categorized as fine jewelry and fashion jewelry. Pieces of jewelry can represent your style and personality while also helping you express your individual style. You may be struggling to find what you need when there are so many jewelry options to choose from. So, how can you manage to find the right jewelry according to your style, goal, and budget? Is fine jewelry or fashion jewelry right for you?

Gurhan Jewery

What Is Fine Jewelry?

Fine jewelry is the overall name given to all jewelry made of gold, silver, platinum, or other precious metals. In this category, gemstones such as diamonds, sapphires, rubies, and emeralds — as well as other semi-precious stones — are used. The advantage of fine jewelry is its timeless quality and its ability to hold its value over time. Jewelry made from lesser quality material, such as brass coated with gold, is not considered ‘fine jewelry’.

What Is Fashion Jewelry?

Fashion jewelry is made of less valuable materials such as brass, copper, plastic, Lucite, enamel, etc., and is typically less expensive. This class is also called ‘costume jewelry’ and has always been trendy. The affordable prices compared to fine jewelry might seem like a bargain, but they don’t offer long-lasting use or value.

What Is the Difference Between Fine Jewelry and Fashion Jewelry?

Drop necklace with gemstones

There are quite significant differences between fine jewelry and fashion jewelry. Fine jewelry is designed to be timeless allowing it to be passed down from generation to generation. Fine jewelry is always engraved with the purity of the gold its made with. If the piece contains gemstones, karat weight and quality can also be certified.

Fashion jewelry can be stylish and trendy, however the biggest concern for consumers should be the long-term intrinsic value. Less expensive materials being used in the production of these pieces help keep the cost low. In addition, the quality of workmanship may not measure up to the exceptional craftsmanship used to make fine jewelry resulting in pieces that may not stand the test of time.

Another concern with lesser quality metals are the skin irritations some experience, especially those with metal hypersensitivity. Also, the gemstones used in fashion jewelry are almost always synthetic – plastic, glass or crystal.

Gold All Around Statement Necklace With Topaz


Do you know that there are over 1,000 hammer strikes on every square inch of our hammered gold? Each piece is handcrafted by artisans in 24k gold or sterling silver in our own workshop in Istanbul. We stamp each piece with a unique serial number, which allows us to always identify a piece throughout its existence. In addition, we offer a lifetime guarantee on workmanship and materials to ensure you are always satisfied with your GURHAN piece.

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