What is Fine JEWELRY? | Jewelry Designer

What is Fine JEWELRY? | Jewelry Designer

(fun upbeat music) – This is Jill Maurer
with your Jewelry Minute and today I’m answering the question, what is fine jewelry? When people are asking this, they’re asking what is
fine jewelry versus costume or how do I know that it’s fine jewelry? There is no legal
definition for fine jewelry. When we talk about fine jewelry, we generally are talking about jewelry made from precious metals
like gold or platinum and we’re talking about if it has stones that they are precious
like diamonds and sapphires or what some people call semi-precious like aquamarine, jade, citrine, a number of different stones. Some people think it’s only
fine jewelry if it’s platinum or if it’s gold made
from 18 karat and above. Some people will say 14 karat and above. In both of these definitions, they would consider 10 karat
gold to be costume jewelry. Silver used to be considered
more costume jewelry but more recently has been
considered fine jewelry as the price of silver has gone way up. So most people today do think that silver, gold, and
platinum is all fine jewelry. There are and will
continue to be gray areas especially as designs have changed. So silver started becoming
considered more fine jewelry especially as people started
combining silver and gold more and more because
silver was more expensive. David Yurman was one of the first people to set diamonds into silver. Before that people thought,
why would you do that? Why would you put a diamond
into something that is costume? And part of what he was saying
is no, silver is not costume. And that did take off as well
as combining silver and gold. But people also set diamonds into things like rubber or steel. So the lines have been blurred and some people now talk
in terms of fine jewelry, semi-fine jewelry, and then costume or fashion jewelry. It is all arbitrary. This has been your Jewelry Minute. If you have a jewelry-related
question for me, just ask me in the comments below. Until next time. (fun upbeat music)


  1. Good to know. I was going to ask where silver fits into fine jewelry but you answered right as I was thinking of it. You're ahead of me as usual. 😉

  2. I recently learned that silver was not considered fine and was shocked because I own some Tiffany pieces that are lovely and high quality. (Expensive too). I wonder what you think of rose gold. I am the only lady who seems not to care for it.

  3. Arbitrary, yes, to the point that sometimes most rely on the jewelry price and not the value anymore. Interesting topic. Thanks for continuously educating us…

  4. I’ve always thought silver was always considered semi precious! I never knew it that was true or not! ! Thank you Jill!! ❤️💕 great video

  5. Does the classification (fine vs. semifine) affect the price a jeweler will ask for an item? Costume is usually less than fine, of course. Is semifine usually less than fine?

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