5 Fine Jewelry Trends to Avoid: The Designs, Metals and Gemstones You Shouldn't Buy

November 24, 2023

5 Fine Jewelry Trends to Avoid: The Designs, Metals and Gemstones You Shouldn't Buy By Valley Rose


In the world of fine jewelry, it's crucial to make informed decisions that align with your values. As consumers become more conscious of the ethical and responsible aspects of their purchases, it's important to navigate the market with care. In this article, we will explore five jewelry trends that you should avoid to ensure you are making ethical and low-impact choices. Let's dive in!

1. Avoid Costume Jewelry Marketed as Fine Jewelry

When shopping for fine jewelry, it's essential to distinguish between true quality fine jewelry and costume jewelry. Many brands market their pieces as fine jewelry when, in reality, they are made with inferior materials. Plated jewelry, brass, vermeil, and even sterling silver can be marketed as fine jewelry, but they may not withstand the test of time. Additionally, composite stones may be used instead of genuine gemstones, compromising the overall quality and value of the piece.

To avoid falling into this trap, it's essential to educate yourself about the materials used in the jewelry you're considering. Avoid designer markups that inflate the price without necessarily guaranteeing lasting quality. Look for small designer brands that prioritize integrity and promise to design their pieces to last.

2. Steer Clear of Overly Trendy and Fragile Jewelry Designs

While trendy jewelry can be tempting, it's important to consider the longevity of the piece. Designs that are overly delicate or have ring shanks of 1.6mm or smaller are more prone to breakage. Similarly, designs with extremely tiny prongs may not offer sufficient support and are more likely to break and have stones fall out.

To ensure you're investing in jewelry that will withstand daily wear and tear, look for small designer brands that prioritize durability in their designs. These brands are more likely to use quality materials and craftsmanship, ensuring that your jewelry investment will last for years to come.

3. Avoid Overuse of Pave and Melee Stones for Rings

Pave and melee stones, while adding sparkle and beauty to jewelry, can be problematic when it comes to durability. These tiny stones, often used to create a pave or halo effect, are more susceptible to falling out, especially in rings that are subject to more wear and tear. Losing stones can be frustrating and costly to repair.

If you're considering a ring with pave or melee stones, be sure to inspect the craftsmanship and inquire about the quality of the setting. Opt for brands that have a reputation for precision and attention to detail to minimize the risk of stone loss.

4. Be Mindful of Soft Delicate Stones for Fine Jewelry Rings

Soft and delicate stones, such as agate, opals and turquoise, can add a unique and vibrant touch to jewelry. However, they may not be the best choice for rings that are worn frequently. These stones are more prone to scratching and breaking, especially when subjected to everyday activities.

To protect your investment and ensure the longevity of your jewelry, consider reserving soft and delicate stones for earrings and necklaces, where they are less likely to be exposed to rough handling.

5. Avoid Fine Jewelry Greenwashing Brands

With the growing popularity of ethical and sustainable practices, some brands engage in greenwashing, creating an illusion of ethical and sustainable practices without truly adhering to them. These brands often boast a wide range of styles and market their jewelry as being made with recycled gold and conflict-free diamonds. However, they may still employ fast fashion production techniques, mass-producing pieces and underpricing their competition, which in the end means they are not paying people in the supply chain fairly. 

To avoid supporting greenwashing brands, it's crucial to do thorough research and seek transparency from the brands you're considering. Look for brands that prioritize ethical sourcing, provide detailed information about their production methods, and have certifications that validate their claims.

In conclusion, making informed and ethical choices in the world of fine jewelry requires careful consideration and research. By avoiding costume jewelry marketed as fine jewelry, being mindful of delicate designs and stones, and steering clear of greenwashing brands, you can ensure that your jewelry aligns with your values. Remember to seek out small designer brands with integrity and prioritize longevity and craftsmanship in your purchasing decisions.

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