There was thread on Orchid a some weeks ago about what canbe
called "fine jewelry". The current MJSA Journal, (March 2013) has a
brief article under Industry Trends on page 16.
There is a saying - "If one drinks from dirty well, one should not be
surprised by stomach ache". Industry publication serve only one
purpose, to promote the industry.
More often than not, it has nothing to do with reality.
Fine jewellery is not easy to define, but so what. Is it easy to
define fine food, fine wine, fine anything ? What is fine for some,
is crude to others.
It is more difficult to satisfy an expert, than neophyte. So we can
say that definition of the "fine" is connected with knowledge of a
Let's use food to investigate the subject of the "fine".
In USA market, less than 2% of all the beef is prime.
So compared to "select" grade prime is fine. However, compared to top
grades of Kobe beef it is barely acceptable.
Does every steak prepared with top grade of Kobe beef is "fine food"
? The answer is no. It has to be prepared with skill and knowledge.
Steak prepared from regular prime by knowledgable chef can be finer
than top grade Kobe beef prepared by average cook.
Let's say we have expertly prepared steak from top grade Kobe beef.
Is that enough to call it fine food ? The answer is again no. If it
served on paper plate, or even porcelain but cold plate, it will not
be the right temperature and expert would not like it. So on top of
fine ingredients and skills, fine presentation is required.
Let's say we have that. It is still not enough. Such steak, even
when served on proper plate of the right temperature, but if the
dinning table sits on top of heap of garbage, it is not fine food.
The premises where food is served is as important as food itself. Are
we done ? Not yet ! Gourmet would require such steak to accompanied
by fine wine.
That opens up another array of requirements and so on...
Jewellery is far more nuanced than steak, so the set of requirement
for truly fine jewellery can be almost infinite. Once we understand
that, we realize the futility of trying to define it.