Metal Components of Monet Jewelry

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Metal Components of Monet Jewelry
Costume jewellery is far less expensive than its high-end counterpart. (Brand X Pictures/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

In 1929, Monet Jewelry was fouded in the United States. It main purpose was to craft and sell quality costume jewellery. Unlike high-end jewellery, costume jewellery is designed to act as accent pieces, helping to bring out the look of outfits while keeping the price low. Monet, a leading manufacturer of costume jewellery, uses various metal components in its work to create an imitation of high-end metals such as gold and silver.

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History

Costume jewellery has been popular since its inception, because jewellery is a prized accessory in the fashion world, but genuine metal and stones are expensive. During the late 1920s, economic disparity rose in the United States. The golden age of the Jazz Era, with its luxury and abundance of spending money, came to an end with the Great Depression. However, Americans still had a taste for the luxuries of the previous decade. Monet capitalised on that idea by using less expensive materials and skill with metallurgy to craft its leading jewellery line.

Metal Components

Monet uses nickel, a very cheap metal and highly malleable metal, and plates it with thin amounts of silver to create the illusion of an all-silver piece of jewellery. Brass was and still is used as a base for gold plating. Brass, an alloy of zinc and copper, is also used; its colour is similar colour to gold, making plating it easy and efficient. Copper is used in a nearly pure form in some Monet pieces due to its rich colour, malleability and ease with which it can be made into faux rose gold. Pewter is also used to make costume jewellery, and it makes a good imitation of silver. Tin is also used; it is 85 to 95 per cent tin, with the rest made of copper, antimony, bismuth and lead.

Additional Materials

Monet uses other materials in some of their pieces to accent the metal components in the jewellery. Gemstones such as diamonds, rubies and emeralds are expensive and rare; Monet uses glass, plastic and synthetic gemstones in its jewellery pieces. Cubic zirconia and seashells are additional materials used in the jewellery.

Caution

Though Monet is a highly reputable costume jewellery manufacturer, there are some people who cannot wear the jewellery due to the metal components. Because Monet's metal components often feature high levels of nickel, people with nickel metal allergies cannot wear the pieces. Allergy to nickel is one of the most common metal allergies. Some people, in more rare circumstances are allergic to copper, which is found in brass. If you suspect you have an allergy to these metals or know that you do, do not use Money jewellery, as the metallic compositions of the pieces will most likely have these metals in it.

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