Jewelry has become part and parcel of human life. One just cannot ignore it. At times it is very difficult to wear gold and silver jewelries. People in this era like to keep themselves light and free. But obvious, they do wear gold and silver jewelries on special occasions. But in regular wear they have a second choice i.e. artificial jewelry. Artificial Jewelry is also known as ‘Costume Jewelry’.
Artificial Jewelry came into existence 300 years back. Originally artificial jewelry was made to reduce the cost of production and increase the sales. This was so that it could be suitable for everyone’s pocket. They were made up of rhinestones, sliver, nickel or brass. During 18th century jewelers started making artificial jewelry using inexpensive glass. And it was in 19th century that it gained popularity in the market because of the low cost it was affordable to purchase by common people. The golden era for artificial jewelry was in 20th century because the demand for this jewelry had increased due to industrial revolution. It was then when one could easily get replica of any real gold jewelry.
Women belonging to elite class also owned artificial jewelry. It was then when the mass production of artificial jewelry had started. This jewelry also became popular among the designers like Crown Trifari, Dior, Chanel, Miriam Haskell, Monet, Napier, Corocraft, Coventry, and Kim Craftsmen. Hollywood played a significant role in popularizing this jewelry.
Today China and India are leading producers of artificial jewelry. Artificial Jewelry still exists in the market and it has continued to play it’s role and it is still suit everyone’s pocket.