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Fashion and Charm Jewelry

Fashion jewelry first appeared in the 1930s as a less expensive, disposable accessory meant to be worn with a certain outfit. Also known as "costume jewelry" Fashion Jewelry is made of less valuable materials including base metals, glass, synthetic stones and plastic.

Fashion JewelryOriginally, fashion jewelry was made of inexpensive simulated gemstones, like rhinestones or lucite, set in pewter, silver, nickel or brass. During the years of the great depression, rhinestones were down-graded by some manufacturers to reduce production costs. As a result of this and as the class structure in America changed, women in all social stations, even the working-class woman, could own a small piece of fashion jewelry. The average small-town woman could purchase and wear a considerable amount of this mass-produced jewelry which was stylish yet affordable.

There are those who claim that the machine has ruined the beauty of hand-made fashion jewelry; but actually the machine has made fashion jewelry more affordable and has not necessarily ruined the quality of the output.

Fashion jewelry has become even more popular since various designers adopted it in the mid twentieth century. Some of the best remembered names include both the high and low priced brands: Crown Trifari, Dior, Chanel, Monet, Napier, Corocraft and Coventry.

Today, in the spiritual world of Practical Kabbalah which features Red String bracelets, talisman, pendants and amulets. Practical Kabbalah, in a practical way, bridges the gap between fashion jewelry, charm jewelry and spirituality. For instance, handbag charms, fashion necklaces, key chain charms, and combinations of evil eye charms in fashion bracelets.