Our jewellery merchants are extremely popular, because of the scale, diversity and quality of their products.
Whatever the occasion, every taste and interest is catered for.
We have a fabulous precious and estate jewellery collection ranging from the 19th century to the modern-day and featuring an extraordinary range of diamonds and other precious stones, gold and silver.
Our collection of costume jewellery and accessories is full of statement pieces, with an array of marquise, diamante and exquisite paste.
Fine Jewellery and Costume Jewellery
There is nothing like the jewellery we choose to wear that defines our style, taste, fashion sense, and our personality.
From classic fine jewellery pieces to colourful artistic costume or fashion jewellery items, your choice of piece can take you from one end of the fashion spectrum to the other.
And the beauty is, you are in charge.
When you wander around the jewellery booths at Empire Revival in Brisbane, you will be spoilt for choice in pre-loved pieces or new items direct from the designers.
But what to choose.
Why Choose Fine Jewellery?
As with all things in the fashion world, the definition of fine jewellery varies depending on who you ask. However, a general rule of thumb states that fine jewellery should be crafted from high-quality materials and gemstones.
Here we are talking precious metals like 18k gold and platinum and precious (as opposed to semi-precious) gemstones — think diamonds, rubies, sapphires and emeralds. Natural and cultured pearls are also included in the definition of fine jewellery, and some will also include silver.
There simply is nothing like a piece of fine jewellery that you love to make you feel good when you wear it and show it off. And a well-chosen piece can lift a pair of jeans and a t-shirt or become the centrepiece of a flowing evening gown.
If you are thinking of adding a fine jewellery item to your collection, start by thinking about how and how often you will wear the piece. Will it be worn daily and paired with everything from casual clobber or a black dress? Or will it be an occasional piece bright out to add sparkle to a special occasion?
While fine jewellery is durable and made to last — and some suggest that it should be worn every day and not locked in a drawer — you must take heed of the metals used and their softness.
If it’s for daily wear, you may want to consider the metals used to ensure it can handle the rough and tumble day-to-day use. Ensure that settings are sturdy and can take any accidental bumps and knocks bound to happen on the odd occasion.
For instance, it is a usually high karat of gold used in fine jewellery – usually 18 karats or above. The higher the karat, the softer the metal. Silver, too, is a soft metal, so it is subject to wear over some time.
But if you have a piece you have invested in and love it — wear it and show it off. Just keep an eye on it and have a jeweller look at it if you start to worry about any wear on the piece. Fine jewellery is made to last and to be handed from generation to generation. If the worst should happen and a piece was to break, a good jeweller can repair it, and no one will be any the wiser.
If it’s for the occasional special outing, you may consider investing more in the piece. You may also consider designs that are more delicate or intricate.
Because of the quality of fine jewellery and the durability, many fine jewellery items can become collectable – especially if they bear the label of well-known jewellers or luxury brands.
Well know designers of fine jewellery include:
- David Yurman
- Harry Winston
- Tiffany & Co.
- Van Cleef & Arpel
Wearing Costume Jewellery
While fine jewellery is made with precious metals and gemstones, costume jewellery can be made of virtually any material — including plastics.
Some costume jewellery items are copies of fine jewellery pieces. Designers substitute less expensive materials for the precious ones to make the pieces more affordable.
Don’t let this fool you into the belief that costume jewellery is cheap. When compared to fine jewellery, costume jewellery can seem inexpensive. Designers focussing specifically on costume jewellery can charge high prices, and their pieces become sought after collectibles.
Suppose you happen to have a costume jewellery piece hanging around by a designer named Miriam Haskell. In that case, you could be sitting on a small fortune.
Opening a shop in 1929, her work, handmade of course, was of such quality and design that some wealthy aficionados wore her creations instead of their fine jewellery, which was kept under lock and key.
Her designs can now sell for more than $4,000.
Some current designers of costume jewellery we love include:
- Frank Ideas
- Jianhui London
- Douglas Poon
- Vanessa Chan
- Lora Nikolova
- Anissa Kermiche
- La Manso
- Vanda Jacintho
What to look for in costume jewellery
When you find a piece of costume jewellery you like, what should you look for to ensure you are getting a quality piece?
The first thing to look for is whether the piece is by a known designer like the ones listed above. Many costume jewellery pieces will be “signed” – have some kind of designer identifier on them.
But don’t despair if the piece you have fallen in love with doesn’t. Many well-known collectible designers have released unsigned pieces. In this instance, look for quality.
Quality in costume jewellery includes things like heft – does the piece weigh what you expect it to or more?. You should also look at the smoothness of any plating or finishes – rough plating can be a sign of low quality. Finally, look at the quality of any stones used in the setting – yes, they may be fake, but they should still shine and play in the light.
Above all, though, if you love the piece and you can afford it, get it. You’ll regret it if you don’t.
Fine Jewellery and Costume Jewellery in Brisbane
When it comes to amassing a broad collection of fine jewellery pieces ranging from rings, bracelets and earrings to brooches, pendants and necklaces, Empire Revival is a must-visit.
With many fine jewellery merchants gathered in one spot, you are bound to find a piece that speaks to you.
Many pieces will be pre-loved and will have their own story that you will help continue. Many will also have authenticity and valuation certificates to reassure you that you truly get what you pay for.
Empire Revival’s owner, Suzy Baines, has a personal passion for costume jewellery and travels the world to secure unique designers’ stock. Many of the brands stocked by Empire Revival are exclusively available here.
Empire Revival is Brisbane’s best destination for fine and costume jewellery. Visit us soon to explore and find a unique piece – or two – for you or someone special.