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THESE DAYS, IT’S COMMON TO HEAR THE TERM “DEMI-FINE” TO DESCRIBE JEWELRY, BUT WHAT DOES IT MEAN? THIS IS WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT REAL DEMI-FINE JEWELRY.
What’s a girl to do when she simply can’t justify a $1,200 piece of fine jewelry from a luxury brand, but she’d really like to treat herself to something nice?
Well, going out and purchasing cheaper costume jewelry isn’t the solution. One hot summer night out on the dance floor and that piece of jewelry may turn her finger, neck, or wrist green!
So, what’s a happy alternative? The answer is demi-fine jewelry. It’s the sweet spot of the jewelry industry and the happiest of mediums. Let’s take a moment to pay homage to this wonderful mid-range jewelry.
WHAT IS DEMI-FINE JEWELRY?
Demi-fine is a term used by jewelry brands to describe attainable yet premium quality jewelry that sits between cheap costume jewelry and expensive fine jewelry items. The secret is in the balance of metals used to make demi-fine jewelry pieces. With a solid core of sterling silver and a thick layer of 18k gold vermeil, demi-fine jewelry uses pure metals to achieve attractive price points (usually under $400) without sacrificing quality or luxury.
If you’re opting for gold demi-fine pieces, they’re frequently paired with precious gemstones as well. (This is how it all becomes instantly affordable while still stopping the show.)
THE PERKS OF DEMI-FINE
Demi-fine gives you the best of both worlds. You can enjoy real silver or gold (just at a lower karat). Or, you can enjoy silver or gold-plated tones that come with real gemstones, thus upping the ante a little.
The choice is yours. Would you like a little more solid gold or silver? Or, would you like a few new gemstones in the rotation? No matter your course, this beautiful jewelry is going to deliver.
Also, what if you’re in the mood for a little layering action, but you’re not exactly Kylie Jenner and can’t afford to stack a dozen Cartier bracelets on your wrist? (Well, at least not yet, anyway.)
Then, demi-fine is the way to go. You’ll have affordable, attainable pieces all within your price range. And, again, some of them may be real gold or silver. Alternatively, others may be plated. But, in that case, they’re sure to be able to sport a semi-precious stone or two.
WHO WEARS DEMI-FINE?
Just because the stars are in the spotlight doesn’t mean they can’t come down to our playing field from time to time. The enchanting Meghan Markle has been known to adorn herself in demi-fine pieces, as well as Cindy Crawford’s model daughter, Kaia Gerber.
We especially love that Meghan Markle would wear demi-fine considering the access she once had to crown jewels! We always liked how she’d throw in affordable pieces, like Rothy’s shoes, Everlane tote bags, or a few golden demi-fine pieces.
Still, Millenials and Gen Zs are enjoying this trend. It, again, doesn’t break the bank and leaves them with plenty of options in their jewelry boxes.
SAMPLE DEMI-FINE PIECES
What might a demi-fine collection look like as it’s displayed in your jewelry case? Well, again, given its affordable radiance, you might start with a few stackable necklaces.
One thing every lady can benefit from is the ability to mix and match. So, we suggest starting with an adjustable gold necklace. This beauty is a 24-inch Italian Milano twist adjustable chain made of solid 925 sterling silver and 18k gold.
It’s splendid in all its demi-fine glory and can be adjusted anywhere from 14 inches to a plunging 24 inches, depending on your outfit. With an affordable demi-fine price tag, this is the part where you start stacking.
Adding in another twist chain with a drop pendant will bring all the necessary sparkle and shine to your next look. This brilliant pendant necklace is also made of 925 sterling silver with an 18k gold overlay. This is the pinnacle of demi-fine craftsmanship, meaning it’s stunning, affordable, and long-lasting.
If you’re like us, sometimes you just can’t decide if you want to pair silver or gold with your look. In which case, do both! Here’s a beautifully textured silver and gold bead bracelet.
We love this piece because it’s adjustable. Here again, you’ll find long-lasting 925 sterling silver with gold overlay.
Given how fine that silver and gold bead bracelet is, we might like to pair it with something more substantial. For something earthy yet elegant, we’d go for this David Beck Bali bracelet with leaf detail.
It’s solid sterling with a hand-rubbed oxidation finish. Along with the ornate detail that nods its head to Bali, it also features a weighty barrel locking clasp which we absolutely adore.
Staying with the Balinese theme, here’s a demi-fine ring that goes hand-in-hand with that David Beck bracelet. This is a Bali swirl sterling silver ring with 18k gold detail.
It’s intricate; it’s detailed; it’s 925 sterling with an 18k gold overlay. This is another show-stopper that allows the indecisive woman to have it all, silver, gold, and conversation starters for days.
If you’ve ever wanted to introduce a few classic pearls into the rotation (but have been turned off by their semi-precious price tags), then demi-fine is your solution.
We love this demi-fine freshwater pearl leaf ring. It’s a match made in heaven for the Balinese bracelet above. It’s intricately designed and set in 925 sterling silver with a glistening freshwater pearl as its centerpiece.
RADIANT JEWELS FOR THE AGES
And there you have it! If only all life’s problems were this easy to solve! If you love to mix, match, layer, and stun, then demi-fine will allow you to have it all.
Whether you’re aiming for solid gold or a few new gemstones, demi-fine jewelry will be able to provide everything you dream about at night.
Here at Roma Designer Jewelry, we search the globe to bring you all the finest pieces. Some of our favorites come from Paris, Milan, Tokyo, Bali, and Israel.
Enjoy our gift guide to gain access to some of our most exclusive collections. You’ll shimmer like a crystal, beckon the classic streets of Milano, and dazzle in Marcasite. And, until we meet again, happy shopping!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
Q: WHAT IS DEMI-FINE JEWELRY?
A: Demi-fine jewelry combines premium-quality materials (18k gold, sterling silver, precious and semi-precious stones) with modern yet timeless designs at price points that don’t break the bank.
Most demi-fine pieces can be found for $100 to $400, marking the sweet spot between cheap fast-fashion jewelry and aspirational yet often unattainable fine jewelry pieces.
Q: WHO IS DEMI-FINE JEWELRY FOR?
A: This evolving trend in jewelry provides discerning shoppers the assurance of high-quality, luxurious pieces, without the hefty price tags traditionally associated with fine jewelry. For those who are seeking luxury at a more purse-friendly price tag, demi-fine jewelry provides the perfect solution.
Q: IS IT GOOD QUALITY JEWELRY?
A: Again, don’t worry – you won’t be compromising on quality. You can confidently build your jewelry collection with demi-fine pieces knowing that every piece is made with only the finest materials – precious and semi-precious gemstones and real 18k gold over pure sterling silver.
Q: Is Demi-Fine Jewelry Cheap?
A: Landing nicely between expensive fine jewelry and cheap costume jewelry, Demi fine jewelry pieces are made with precious metals including gold vermeil, solid sterling silver, and semi-precious gemstones. What does that mean for consumers? Attainable luxury with designs can be worn on a daily basis without the worry of solid gold or running the risk of losing or damaging a precious stone.
Q: What is Demi Gold?
A: Demi gold and the larger term demi-fine jewelry is a term used to describe attainable pieces that have been crafted using precious metals and advanced techniques such as gold vermeil plating which results in a thick gold plating on top of a solid sterling silver base.