For those who do not know the difference between fine jewelry and high fashion jewelry, the latter is traditionally cheaper than the fine jewelry because of the materials which are used. But today, more and more high fashion jewelry are surpassing the price of fine jewelry because the materials used are the precious metals and stones, the only difference is that they come in trendier designs which last a season or two.
Traditionally, high fashion jewelry meant buying a dress which comes with cheap costume jewelry. If the dress is no longer going to be used, the costume jewelry would also go with it, to the trash or to be given in charity.
Today though that has all changed, thanks in part to Hollywood. It was because of Hollywood that costume jewelry culture changed. With Lauren Bacall and Elizabeth Taylor wearing fantastic collection in their films which glittered so much like the fine jewelry, many people actually thought that they were wearing the real things. They were not.
The crafters of high fashion jewelry at that time used materials which were more expensive than the earlier ones and they also lasted longer. In fact, because the cheaper metals were being used in the WWII effort, many of the jewelry were made using silver.
Today, there is Channel and Dior high fashion jewelry which prices rival fine jewelry and use materials like high grade sapphires, cabochon crystals, amethysts, pearls combined with platinum, gold, silver and other precious and semi-precious stones.
All of this modern and traditional high fashion jewelry is now available online and it has created a craze. More and more people find they have more choices so they tend to gravitate to the sites which offer them cheaper and fantastic looking jewelry. The aim is to look beautiful and if they can easily find it online, the entire better.