Visit us in York

Visit us in York

thanks for visiting our blog. Here we will tell you a little about the wonderful surroundings in which we are privileged to work. York, set in the picturesque county of North Yorkshire is one of England’s most historic gems, featuring many ancient monuments charting a history of Britain.

view from Stonegate

But more than this, york is also a major shopping mecca and a world-class university town, boasting two universities, one of wich York University, is equal Oxford or Cambridge in many fields.

York also boasts hundreds of top class restaurants and as a number of fantastic bars and nightclubs, with a buzzing music scene, catering for all tasts.


One of the world’s most magnificent cathedrals, with foundations rooted in the nation’s earliest history.

York’s cathedral church is one of the finest medieval buildings in Europe.  The Minster is also known as St Peter’s, its full name being the ‘Cathedral and Metropolitical Church of St Peter in York’.  In the past the church sat within its own walled precinct, known as the Liberty of St Peter.
The site of the magnificent medieval building has always been an important one for the city.  The remains of the Basilica, the ceremonial centre of the Roman fortress, have been found beneath the Minster building.
The first Christian church on the site has been dated to 627 and the first Archbishop of York was recognised by the Pope in 732.
A stone Saxon church survived Viking invasion in 866 but was ransacked by William the Conqueror’s forces in 1069.  William appointed his own Archbishop, Thomas, who by the end of the century had built a great Norman cathedral on the site.
The present Gothic-style church was designed to be the greatest cathedral in the kingdom.  It was built over 250 years, between 1220 and 1472.
As the natural centre of the Church in the North, the Minster has often played an important role in great national affairs – not least during the turbulent years of the Reformation and the Civil War.

So prepare to be oared as you walk up stonegate and come face to face

Is Costume Jewellery the Same as Fashion Jewellery?

Is Costume Jewellery the Same as Fashion Jewellery?


Well this is a very good question and so we thought we would shed a little light on the subject, being fashion jewellery experts as we hope we are. To begin Costume jewellery and fashion jewellery are in essence one and the same but the difference though subtle is in fact historical. Today the two types are practically indistinguishable and so the term may be used interchangeable with no embarrassment, if that’s the kind  of thing that may cause you to blush.  However there are some very subtle differences between costume and fashion jewellery. Thus, most of us use these terms interchangeably while some jewellers and fashion designers distinguish between the two categories. We don’t here at Rue B but it’s good to know.

Lets look at the Similarities between Costume and Fashion Jewellery

So we know that buying costume and fashion jewellery offers the same benefit of affordable accessories. These jewellery types originally mimicked the appearance of finer pieces by using less expensive materials and while they may still do this today they also their have their own bold and out there style that practically nobody I know  could afford if made from precious materials. In short they toy and play with the medium like never never before. This is made possible by the invitations in material and mass production technologies.

Fine jewellery can be expensive, but if you look our own huge range of Sterling Silver jewellery you will know that this is not always the case. Anyway, this is because it uses precious metals and gemstones that are quite or very, or crazily valuable. Costume and fashion jewellery substitute these materials with plated metals and imitation gems. The following table highlights some common materials used in the construction of costume and fashion jewellery.

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Why we have Costume and Fashion Jewellery

Clearly then we buy costume and fashion jewellery in order to look amazing without breaking the bank. Just like clothing it’s great to be able to mix up and alter our look on a daily basis and as every woman knows, the right piece of fashion/ costume jewellery is key. Who could afford dozens of items made up of large diamonds, solid gold, and precious gemstones, so their is your answer, whilst we would love them these things are prohibitively expensive. Especially when trying to coordinate jewellery pieces with different outfits.So cheap affordable Costume and fashion jewellery is the answer. With these fab bold pieces, you are able to wear a different sets of jewellery everyday as a fraction of the price. Hence cheap low cost fashion jewellery has  made a huge impact on the modern wardrobe. —-from——————————-






How Costume and Fashion Jewelry Mimic and even outshines Higher End Pieces

While expert jewelers can tell the difference between fine jewelry and imitations, the average consumer may be fooled by the realistic effects. Solid gold, silver, and platinum emit a luminescent shine that attracts the eye. Cheaper metals like nickel and pewter are duller in appearance, so to mimic that shine, designers plate the material with small amounts of gold or silver. This plating keeps the piece inexpensive while creating the look of precious metals. Diamonds and gemstones are also expensive depending on the quality. The brilliance and facets are slightly more difficult to imitate, but glass blowers try to replicate the shape and color of precious stones. Mid-grade jewelry sometimes uses semi-precious gems to keep prices lower while maintaining the beauty of fine jewelry. Plastic and acrylic beads with shiny coatings imitate the appearance of pearls at a cheap cost.

Rhinestones in Costume and Fashion Jewelry

One of the first methods used to simulate the look of diamonds was to coat the back of rock crystals with metal flakes. These crystals became known as rhinestones because they were collected from the river Rhine in Europe. With the proper construction, some rhinestones even sparkle like real diamonds under certain lighting conditions. Imitation jewelry featuring rhinestones became so popular that manufacturers coined the term diamante to categorize such pieces. Designers incorporate different colored crystals to mimic the effects of various precious gemstones.

Swarovski Rhinestones

The brand Swarovski introduced an iridescent crystal rhinestone in the mid 1950s using scientific treatments to produce the elegant effect. Many consumers ask for Swarovski jewelry by name because of the highly realistic looks and mid-ranged price level.