is probably what most people think of when they think "jewelry." Fine jewelry refers to higher end jewelry typically made of fine materials such as platinum, gold, diamonds, and gemstones. There are two sub categories within fine jewelry: manufactured jewelry and custom jewelry.
Manufactured designer jewelry is a mass produced designer collection of jewelry pieces. Although they are made of fine materials, manufactured pieces are less expensive because they are made in bulk quantities. Often, but not always, manufactures will sacrifice quality to save on costs. This means pieces will typically be hollowed out or thinner than a custom made piece. Manufactures also typically use lower quality fine goods. By that I mean, they use genuine diamonds and gemstones, but will use lower quality stones to save on costs. When you're on a budget or like a particular designer line, this could be the right option for you.
Custom jewelry is typically made of fine materials, but is hand made, and either one of a kind or part of a limited collection. Here at Caleesi Designs Jewelers, we specialize in custom jewelry. We believe in our customers getting exactly what they want. Why settle for a manufactured piece, when you can design your own piece exactly the way you want it. Most custom designs are made for customers and never enter our display cases.
Costume or fashion jewelry
is trendy jewelry that is typically made of inexpensive materials. Most costume jewelry is not meant to lat more than a year or so and follows fashion trends. Most costume jewelry is made of base metals and plastic "gems." If you want to inexpensively dress up an outfit, costume jewelry is a great way to do so. These days, most clothing stores carry their own costume jewelry line, but there are also stores that carry just costume jewelry.
is very rarely worn, especially not on a daily basis. Art jewelry, also known as statement jewelry, will typically be seen in a gallery setting on display as a piece of art. It's exactly what it sounds like, art that can be worn as jewelry and meant to be viewed in relation to the human body. Art jewelry can be made out of an infinite number of materials. Material choice is usually directly related to the overall concept or statement of the piece.
is sort of a cross between fine jewelry and art jewelry. It can be made of finer materials such as gold and silver and contain a variety of types of gemstones, but will be more "artistic" than your typical fine jewelry. The best way of putting it is wearable art that may or may not be worn on every day basis. Studio jewelry is generally made by an individual in their personal studio and made entirely by hand. Studio jewelry is a great choice for people who want a truly unique wearable piece of jewelry.