Jewellery has been around for ages, even in prehistoric times. In those days people adorned themselves with items made from bone, stone, shell and other materials that were available before metal work was developed. It is now known that elaborate jewellery items were around way before the bronze age but the developement of metal really got the ball rolling. Jewellery became a symbol of wealth; gold, silver and other precious metals were the popular choice and those materials were further enhanced with the addition of precious stones.
And who doesn't like a sparkly jewellery item!
However, the 1920s saw the emergence of costume jewellery. This was jewellery designed to be worn with a particular outfit, it was made from cheaper materials to keep the price low so that ladies could easily afford more pieces to complement whichever outfit they were wearing that day. Designers like Elsa Schiaparelli and Coco Chanel in particular were pioneers in a new type of jewellery design.
Immitation jewellery had been around for a while, replacing diamonds or precious stones with glass but it was made to look like the real thing in the hope to fool people into believing it was expensive. Costume jewellery, or fashion jewellery, however, was not designed to fool anybody. The materials were chosen purposely to enhance the design and to keep the item affordable.
So, costume jewellery or fashion jewellery, is jewellery designed for wearing to complement or accessorise an outfit. The downside? It isn't designed to be worn every day and it won't last forever. The upside? It is very affordable and therefore you can buy quite a few pieces that are trendy and up to date.
And who doesn't like to shop for jewellery more often?
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