What makes certain jewelry good?
December 2, 2005 9:04 AM Subscribe
Jewelry design? Suppose, for the sake of conversation, I'd like to know about key designers and what makes for "good" jewelry.
posted by mikeh to clothing, beauty, & fashion (5 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I recently was in a conversation where someone mentioned his girlfriend's love of jewelry from Tiffany and I kind of threw out the default complaint about jewelry being a waste of money and how the materials often involve exploiting forced child labor, etc. I realized that I actually know very little about the jewelry industry.
Outside of the rarity/quality of gems and precious metals, what is prized? I know that custom jewelry is often designed for those who can afford it, but are there big name designers of mass produced jewelry or are different stores just known for styles? I've seen a lot of seemingly generic jewelry and for such an expensive item I would imagine there's more to the story.
Note that I'm more interested in higher-priced items that include precious materials, although craftier designer items may apply too.