What’s the Difference Between Fine, Semi-Fine and Demi-Fine Jewellery?

Have you ever wondered why fine jewellery commands a higher price point? If you’re investing good money on jewellery, you’ll want to make sure the pieces you select will stand the test of time. Here’s our guide to the difference between fine, semi-fine and demi-fine jewellery (and why our Fine Jewellery options are the best for you!).

What is Fine Jewellery?

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For those who enjoy the best money can buy, fine jewellery is the way to go. Crafted from precious metals including solid gold, sterling silver and platinum, fine jewellery is the highest quality on the market – and the most durable. Fine jewellery utilises natural gemstones such as diamonds, South Sea Pearls or morganite and is the ‘purest’ jewellery you’ll find.

Often reserved to mark milestone events such as a huge harvest, the birth of a thoroughbred or gifts such as birthdays or anniversary presents, fine jewellery is also great for those who wear their jewellery all the time and want it to last – so you can have a keepsake piece of jewellery to hand down to generations. So if you want a pair of earrings that you can leave on forever (and you’ll want to with these sparklers) fine jewellery is your best bet.  

Fine Jewellery:

  • Is made with the highest quality precious metals and gemstones
  • Will not tarnish (so long as you look after it!)
  • Can be repaired and resized as needed
  • Carries the highest price-tag… but is well worth it!

What is Semi-Fine Jewellery?

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If semi-fine jewellery were a person, it’d be that frenemy who always looks immaculate, but you’re never sure how she affords it (…not that we’re judging).  Designed for those who want mid-range jewellery on a budget, semi-fine Jewellery mimics the style of fine jewellery.

 Semi-fine jewellery uses lower-quality metals such as gold plated or gold filled alongside semi-precious gemstones such as quartz, agate and freshwater pearls, or lab-created precious gemstones. While not as pure as fine jewellery, the base metal of semi-fine jewellery is usually sterling silver, so it’s still made to last longer than cheaper-end fashion jewellery.

 One thing to be careful of with both demi-fine and semi-fine jewellery is proper care. If you’ve ever gone to bed with a full face of makeup only to wake up looking like a train wreck, you’ll know that some things are best taken off the night before. Avoid sleeping in semi and demi jewellery or wearing it in the shower, or you may end up wearing away the plating (or getting a not-so-fashionable green thumb if it’s made from an alloy). 

 Semi-Fine Jewellery:

  • Gives the look of fine jewellery at a cheaper price point
  • Requires more care than fine jewellery
  • Is most often seen in commercial shop windows

What You Need to Know about Demi-Fine Jewellery

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Demi-Fine Jewellery is the new kid on the block, making waves for its affordability and modern style. Bridging the gap between semi-fine jewellery and fashion or costume jewellery, demi-fine jewellery is made using gold-plated silver or low-carat gold combined with semi-precious stones.

 Demi-Fine Jewellery is all about modern luxury, capitalising on the ‘more is more’ trend of stackable rings and mixed textures, with unique contemporary designs.

Demi-Fine pieces don’t usually mimic the style and look of Fine Jewellery – it’s more for those who love the look of modern pieces but want something that’ll last longer than the $2 Kmart earrings they picked up last week.

 Demi-Fine Jewellery:

  • Is one of the cheapest jewellery options on the market
  • Favours modern styles over traditional designs
  • Is built to last while wearing for short stints, but not for extended periods
  • Is ideal for those looking for a step-up from costume jewellery, but can’t yet afford semi or fine jewellery

Fine Jewellery, Semi-Fine Jewellery and Demi-Fine Jewellery

Now you’re armed with the knowledge about which jewellery is which you can make the best decision on jewellery for you. At Palomino Jewels, we believe in hand crafting modern designs using only the highest quality materials using Australian gold, South Sea Pearls and gemstones.

 Our fine jewellery collections are built to last a lifetime, you can feel it in the quality and strength of each piece, ideal as heirloom jewellery to hand down. With our contemporary style, country jewellery proves that fine jewellery can be fun! Check out our full range here that includes horseshoe jewellery, wheat jewellery, South Sea Pearls and more. Get in touch to talk about your dream jewellery today.

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