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Caostume / Fashion Jewellery History- Costume jewellery has been there sice 1700's with glass as the major material. In the 1800's to cater to all the classes besides the royal class costume jewellery made of semi precious material came into the market which was less expensive then the real jewellery. But the real golden era for the costume jewellery started in 1930's . The change occured due to popularity of rhinestone in the european market.
Costume jewelry is known by many names including fashion jewellery.The terms fashion jewellery dates back to 19th century. Fashion Jewellery is made of less expensive material including artificial stone, beads, glass, copper wire, metallic wire, plastic and other artificial or look a like pearls and gems.
Initially fashion jewellery were used more in terms of beads and inexpensive stones with silver, nickel and brass coatings but over the years fashion jewellery has become a huge industry of its own. In the present time the material used in making of fashion jewellery are in wide range including high end crystals and artificial diamonds. These are made more realistic with gold plating, silver coating or nickel plating. Fashion jewellery now even come in new innovative material like leather and wood. The range of fashion jewellery can be divided in many categories as per the material like gold plating, stone beads etc. used or as per the ornament like earrings, bracelet etc.. Fashion Jewellery can also be further divided into vintage, antique or victorian jewellery.
Many fashion designer have also started there own range of Designer fashion and costume jewellery which has added to the growth and exclusivity of the fashion market. Whether its teens or women of any age Fashion jewellery has certainly become a rage of its own creating a nitch market along with real gold and diamond jewellery.