Alternative Jewelry Materials: Natural and Synthetic

Not everything is metal and stone. Other jewelry materials are used to achieve different looks and designs. There is some jewelry made from natural materials, while others are synthetic, being manmade in a laboratory or factory. Here are some alternative materials for jewelry that you may find in the Ross-Simons jewelry collection:

  1. Men's Black Leather Weave Bracelet in Stainless Steel. 8.5"

    Men's Black Leather Weave Bracelet in Stainless Steel. 8.5"

    Our Price: $125.00

  2. Belle Etoile "Butterfly Kisses" .10 ct. t.w. CZ Half Hoop Earrings With Enamel in Sterling Silver. 5/8"

    Belle Etoile "Butterfly Kisses" .10 ct. t.w. CZ Half Hoop Earrings With Enamel in Sterling Silver. 5/8"

    Our Price: $250.00

  3. Italian Blue Resin Rosette and Crystal Ring in 18kt Gold Over Sterling

    Italian Blue Resin Rosette and Crystal Ring in 18kt Gold Over Sterling

    Our Price: $69.00

  4. Child's Sterling Silver Name ID Bracelet With Red Enamel Ladybugs

    Child's Sterling Silver Name ID Bracelet With Red Enamel Ladybugs

    Our Price: $95.00


Natural Jewelry Materials

3.50 ct. t.w. Amethyst Leather Buckle Bracelet With Diamonds in Sterling Silver #824887

Leather Jewelry

A material made from tanning an animal hide, leather is flexible, durable, and creates a rugged look. Different processes of tanning result in different colors and textures. Leather is used in jewelry to create wrapped or braided cords for necklaces or bracelets, as well as straps for watches.

Bone Jewelry

Found in vintage estate pieces, as well as modern jewelry, bone refers to carvings made from animal bones. It is white to ecru in color and is popularly carved in floral, exotic, or tribal designs.

Silk Jewelry

Silk is a fabric created from natural protein fibers developed by silkworms. It is a highly desirable, lustrous material which is both strong and soft to the touch and typically found in clothing and home accents. In jewelry, it is commonly used to create wrapped cords for necklaces and bracelets.

Wood Jewelry

Wood is a hard, fibrous organic material from the trunk, roots, or branches of a tree. It is used for practical purposes, such as flooring and furniture, as well or ornamentation, such as sculptural carvings and jewelry. Many of our jewelry boxes, flatware chests, and clocks are also made of finished wood.

Synthetic Jewelry Materials

Multi Colored Enamel Evil Eye Bracelet in 14kt Yellow Gold. #421448

Enamel Jewelry

Enamel is a glass-like colored coating which is applied or "painted" over the surface of a piece of metal, ceramic or glass. Enamel is made from powdered glass or an epoxy resin material and can create the look of stained glass or high-gloss paint.

Cloisonne is an enamel process in which thin strips of metal are soldered onto a metal plate to form compartments. Powdered glass is then fired and melted to form glass-filled compartments. Guilloche is another enameling technique, where a design in a metal underlay is flooded with a layer of translucent enamel so that the design underneath shines through. This creates a dramatic, shimmering effect.

Plastic Jewelry

Plastic is a synthetic, moldable material made from a variety of polymers. Depending on the material composition and the process, plastic can result in either a rigid shape or a slightly elastic form. Since it is affordable and easy to use, plastic is used in a wide variety of industries, from technology and furniture, to toys and jewelry. Some simulated gemstone jewelry or rigid bracelets may be composed of high quality plastic.

Silicone Jewelry

Silicone is a rubber-like synthetic polymer created from silicon combined with other elements or compounds, such as carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen. It is quite supple and sometimes used as a core for gold jewelry to provide a lightweight flexibility.

Both Natural and Synthetic

Via Collection Simulated Tortoise Shell Resin Bangle Bracelet. #829455

Resin Jewelry

Created from noncrystalline or liquid substances, resin is a moldable material which is both naturally occurring and synthetic. Most synthetic resins are undifferentiated from plastic and when cured, result in a hard and durable object or adhesive. Resin is used in jewelry often to create simulated gemstones or shells, or rigid bracelets. It is also the core of our Andiamo 14kt gold collection, providing a lightweight durability.

Rubber Jewelry

Rubber is a resilient, elastic polymer material formed both naturally and synthetically. Rubber is cured into various forms, allowing it to maintain its shape while also having some flexibility. You can find rubber in jewelry and watches, either as a band or as a decorative design element.

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