largest market is North America followed by Europe
raw materials mostly sourced from Australia, Africa, Russia. Canada
manufacturing takes place in China, India, Italy, and Turkey
How is it produced?
mass production methods
cast metal by melting it and then pouring it into molds to harden.
designs are applied to hardened metal by painting it with enamel or embossing by machine
electroplating--> process that coats inexpensive base materials with a thin coat of silver and gold
When/How did it begin?
Coco Chanel introduced long, large, and fake pearls
What materials are used?
base metals: brass, aluminum, copper, tin, and lead
What influences designs?
How big is the industry?
over 150 billion dollar industry
What is costume jewelry?
fashion jewelry that is mass produced
also called fashion jewelry
Costume jewelry (also known as fashion jewellery, trinkets, junk jewelry, fake jewelry and fallalery) is a jewelry made of less valuable materials as compared with valuable materials such as gold, diamond, platinum and other precious metals and gem.
How does this hurt fine jewelry?
You can make faux fine jewelry so you don't have to buy fine jewelry to wear it
buy different/more jewelry
20's and younger mostly costume jewelry
30's mostly a mix of costume jewelry and fine jewelry
40's and above mostly fine jewelry
Major Players in industry
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