Of Our Blood creates a range of memorable, unique, and fashion-focused jewelry pieces. Our designs are crafted to produce predominantly fashion jewelry and semi-fine jewelry. Folks often ask, what is the real difference between fine, semi-fine, and fashion jewelry? And which of them is best?

The truth is, they’re all wonderful options and are chosen based on personal factors like individual style, preference, and budget, as well as how much time, money and energy folks like to contribute to maintenance.

what is fashion jewelry

Fashion jewelry is predominantly made using lab-created imitation stones and base metals that offer the look of a premium piece, for a fraction of the price. Materials like nickel, brass, copper, cubic zirconia, acrylic, Swarovski crystals, aluminum, resin, leather, diamanté, glass and gold/silver plated metals are often used in the production of fashion jewelry.

You may be quick to assume that higher-priced items are made with genuine precious metals, while lower-priced items are more likely to be fashion jewelry, but this is not always the case. Surprisingly, there are many designer websites you could visit today that have fashion jewelry listed for upwards of $1000. The brand, fabrication, design, production and skills required to produce the item are all factored into the final price.

Fashion jewelry is heavily featured in broader trends and is typically more reflective of contemporary design themes. It is important to note that fashion jewelry is not intended to replace or mimic "real'' genuine silver and gold pieces. However, fashion jewelry’s reputation of being unique, artistic, and a reflection of individual personal style is not often easily found or replicated within fine jewelry. Which is why it is so popular amongst consumers today. While it’s not intended to last a lifetime, regular cleaning, safe storage practices, and care can keep your fashion jewelry in your collection for years to come.

what is semi-fine jewelry

Semi-fine jewelry works great for those who want fashion forward, trend-driven pieces that are more durable and less likely to tarnish as easily. Semi-fine jewelry bridges the gap between fine and fashion, often using a small percentage of genuine silver and gold to plate or fill classic fashion jewelry metals like brass. 

Semi-fine jewelry is often crafted with enhanced or lab-created gemstones and pearls that mimic the real thing but at a far lower price point. Similar to fashion jewelry, semi-fine and gold plated jewelry require regular maintenance to ensure longevity. Pieces shouldn't be exposed to excessive moisture and oils or worn in water.