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Costume or fashion jewelry includes a range of decorative items worn for personal adornment that are manufactured as less expensive ornamentation to complement a particular fashionable outfit or garment as opposed to 'real' (fine) jewelry, which is more costly and which may be regarded primarily as collectibles, keepsakes, or investments. From the outset, costume jewelry also known as fashion jewelry paralleled the styles of its more precious fine counterparts Terminology It is also known as imitated jewelry, trinkets, fashion jewelry, junk jewelry, fake jewelry, or fallalery. Etymology The term costume jewelry dates back to the early 20th century. It reflects the use of the word 'costume' to refer to what is now called an 'outfit'. Components Originally, costume or fashion jewelry was made of inexpensive simulated gemstones, such as rhinestones or lucite, set in pewter, silver, nickel, or brass. During the depression years, rhinestones were even down-graded by some manufacturers to meet the cost of production. During the World War II era, sterling silver was often incorporated into costume jewelry designs primarily because:The components used for base metal were needed for war time production (i. e., military applications) and a ban was placed on their use in the private sector. Base metal was originally popular because it could approximate platinum's color, sterling silver fulfilled the same function. This resulted in a number of years during which sterling silver costume jewelry was produced and some can still be found in today's vintage jewelry marketplace. Modern costume jewelry incorporates a wide range of materials. High end crystals, cubic zirconia simulated diamonds, and some semi-precious stones are used in place of precious stones. Metals include gold- or silver-plated brass, and sometimes vermeil or sterling silver.
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