Oxidized jewelries are mainly made with exotic silver or other metals excepting Gold. These metals are exposed to oxygen in pressurized environment for longer period of time. The oxidation process imparts the metal a darker color and reduces the luster too. Exposing sterling silver jewelries in sulphureted air allows the silver pieces have dark black finish and acquire vintage look.
These artificial jewelries have gained popularity in Kolkata. This fame owes highly to the innate versatility and cost effectiveness of these jewelries in comparison to purer metals like gold and silver. The stone work, delicate carving and superior enameling have imparted the old world charm and traditional chic also appeals to the fashion-concerned minds.
The effect of oxidation has been able to create a light and shadow effect in these jewelries. At the same time, colored stones on them help them to stand as exception. The novel look and freshness offered by the ornaments has exhaled the attraction within the fashion minds.
The beaded oxidized jewelries have become popular with the presence of colored beads that are contrasted with unique looks. Necklaces in contemporary designs are made party-fit. Bangles designed in tribal gesticulation or with single stone make beautiful statement and thus are highly popular among teens in Kolkata. The earring designs like danglers, hoop, jhumkas are popular and worn during festivals. Anklets that are tasseled with delicate bells, flower petals, rice patterns, dots, beads, multiple chains, kundan designs, Minakari work and even charm anklets make fabulous fashion statement.
Researchers work on various innovative ideas of using oxidized texts or engraved designs on pendants, charm bracelets and bangles made of gold and silver. These innovative ideas have started to pay back in terms of popularity with elapse of time. The personalized pendants could take the form of Rose Gold, Sterling silver, White Gold, Yellow Gold and Pink Gold. Statement is also made with oxidized bowls for interior décor that are available in different sizes. These sets have become a popular gift item. The other oxidized ornaments that have been blessed with novelties include watch bracelets, religious icons, pendants in animal designs or shapes, jewelry for astrology with specific gemstones and gold plated oxidized bangle bracelets.
The Metros like Kolkata has started to show surge in demand for oxidized jewelries with deepawali knocking at the door. These ornaments are available in lesser cost and thus fashion-prong youth run behind these. The availability of numerous varieties has made these popular among women who prefer to show off costumes in occasions like these.