The Difference Between Fine, Semi-Fine, and Fashion Jewelry

Most people don’t realize that the quality of jewelry is divided into three different categories. Jewelry can be fine, semi-fine, or fashion jewelry. These categories can sometimes be difficult to distinguish. Pretios Jewels handcrafts each and every fine jewelry piece, and as a result, the quality of our fine jewelry pieces is evident. For those who have trouble determining the quality of jewelry, here’s a guide on discerning the difference between fine, semi-fine, and fashion jewelry.


Fine jewelry, first of all, is typically the jewelry with the largest price tag. That is because it is also the jewelry with the best quality, and the kind of jewelry that will last the longest. Fine jewelry is worn, by most, on special occasions. It is generally worn for engagements, birthdays, accomplishments like graduations, etc. For those who can afford a significant amount of fine jewelry, it is preferred due to its durability. Fine jewelry is often worn by individuals who want to wear their jewelry all the time. Fine jewelry lasts through the shower, a workout, or sleeping. It is never tarnished and can easily be resized or repaired by a jeweler. Fine jewelry is made from precious metals like gold, silver, and platinum. Most people’s fine jewelry has been passed down as an heirloom from an earlier generation.


Semi-fine jewelry is the middle-ground between fine and fashion jewelry. Often, this category is moving into the kind of jewelry that people buy to accessorize rather than commemorate a significant life event. However, it is still more expensive and made of higher quality materials than fashion jewelry. It is a crossover category that uses precious metals and natural gemstones as well as cheaper alloys and crystals. It cannot be worn in water or to the gym for risk of deterioration and a tarnished appearance. The thing that distinguishes semi-fine jewelry from fine jewelry is that it has more style personalization than fine jewelry. With semi-fine jewelry, it’s common to see more odd shapes, textures, and designs meant to showcase the wearer’s ensemble.


Fashion jewelry, also known as costume jewelry, is used for style purposes only. It is not made with precious stones or precious metals. These are unique pieces made with more unlikely materials such as crystals, beads, leather, or acrylic. This is the category that includes feather earrings, leather chokers, and friendship bracelets. It may contain some gold or silver, but it is not entirely made of that material. Most often, it’s made of lower-quality substitutes. It is fun to wear because it makes bold and fun statements, but often it breaks quicker and isn’t always worth its price.

Pretios Jewels handcrafts fine jewelry pieces for any event. Our designer jewelry with natural colored gemstones and diamonds serves as both the perfect accessory for the fashionista wanting to make a statement and a long-lasting, extravagant piece. We source the best gemstones from different mine owners around the world, and hand carve them to create our top-quality pieces. Shop our collection of bangles, bracelets, chains, earrings, pendants, and rings today.