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Born of bright, bold and brand new innovative ideas, Vintage Jewelry survived because it was conceived artistically well from the start.

It is easily overlooked that what is now called vintage was once brand new.……….Tony Visconti

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Jewelry mirrors the times of people; their culture and societal values. It reflects the taste and attitude of every period in history. article, Wikimedia photo article, Wikimedia photo

The older and more rare the piece of jewelry the more valuable it will be.

Do you like Vintage Jewelry? If you do, you’re not alone. These keepsakes are prized the world over.

Jenn Wiss, a Vintage Jewelry expert and provocative writer would like to speak to you about that.

Vintage is always right on trend. Why? Because the word vintage in the context of jewelry simply means jewelry from a bygone era, so it covers a huge range of styles, designs and names.

Vintage jewelry may be distinguished from antique jewelry which tends to be jewelry that is pre 1920s.

So is anything not the vintage look? Sure! Vintage is certainly something more distinctive than the herringbone gold chains and St Christopher’s that adorn the pages of your local catalogue store.

Being into vintage adds a lot of fun to your wardrobe. Costume gems, colorful brooches and cocktail rings, pearls and bows, watch necklaces and charms, these have all glittered from dozens of runways and quickly find their way into your high street or mall. article, Wikimedia photo article, Wikimedia photo

With stone encrusted pieces from the forties and fifties, baubles from sixties pop art, groovy bright seventies colors and shed loads of eighties glam, whatever is in fashion is far more interesting than sterling silver studs and plain chains.

The look is whimsical and fortunately for obsessive fashion followers everywhere, it’s also affordable, with faux gems and inexpensive metals like silver and gold plate being high on the runway trends list.

Everything I buy is vintage and smells funny. Maybe that’s why I don’t have a boyfriend.…..Lucy Liu
If, like me, and you’re a fan of vintage jewelry, you might be wondering what to buy now that will be a good investment for the future. We’re talking about the real vintage deal here; jewelry with a past, not the high street imitations. Well, there are a few designers that are sure to be vintage collectibles a few decades from now.

The names to watch for are:

1. Alexander McQueen

2. Chanel, always classic, always in fashion

3. John Galliano

4. Lanvin (Alber Elbaz)

5. Louis Vuitton

6. Marc Jacobs

7. Miuccia Prada

Naturally, names come with a price tag but you can keep your eye out for bargains while allowing the high street alternatives to add spice to your wardrobe. article, Wikimedia photo article, Wikimedia photo

If you’re buying the real thing, do examine pieces carefully to make sure stones are secure and metal parts are intact. Look at the claws holding the stones, to see that they’re all there. Stones are really expensive or impossible to replace so it’s worth taking the time.

Also, when you’re buying brands, try to find out if they have been repaired as repaired pieces aren’t necessarily worth less but it may affect the value, especially on old pieces. Keep an eye out for pieces with a signature, trademark, designer’s name, stamp, etc. as these marks add value and make the piece more collectable/desirable.


Here are the thoughts of Ms. Ann L. Koski, Director, Wisconsin Historical Museum.

She answers a question that puzzles me as a novice. What is the difference between antique and costume jewelry?

Most scholars tend to define the word “antique” as something a certain number of years old. To be entered onto the National Register of Historic Places, for example, a building must be at least fifty years old. Most jewelry book authors tend to consider anything dating before the 1930s as antique.

Costume jewelry is usually defined as beginning in the 1930s, although this is a bit misleading. It is true that cheap, disposable jewelry meant to be worn with specific outfits or costumes began to appear in great quantities in the 1930s. This type of jewelry, called “costume,” was not meant to be handed down through the generations. Rather, it was presumed to be fashionable only for a short period of time, and then the wearer would purchase new, matching jewelry when she bought a new outfit. The now-outdated pieces would languish in the back of jewelry boxes or be given to young girls to play dress-up. photo article photo article

So how does one identify what pieces are and when they were made? Most jewelry is easily identifiable as to its function-something is clearly a necklace or a bracelet or a pair of earrings. But, throughout the years, specialty forms have sprung up that are not as familiar and were only worn for a specific period of time.

Other clues involve the style of the piece. Just as with architecture or clothing, jewelry has reflected certain popular styles, designs, colors and stones over the years. In the period from 1910 to 1930, for instance, white was the favored color for metal. Jewelry made during this time is often set in platinum, white gold, silver or a base metal colored to look like silver.

During World War II, gold was popular again but in short supply, since it was vital to the war effort. What gold was available was made into very thin sheets and usually bonded to silver (called vermeil) before being turned into jewelry. The fine rhinestones that had been used so prolifically in the 1930s came from Europe, and thus were also not available to the Americans during the 1940s. As a result, many of the pieces from this period tend to feature lots of metal and a single stone or a small cluster of tiny rhinestones. Such facts can be gleaned through reference books and online sources, followed by going to museums and antique malls to look at various pieces.

Jewelry is fun to collect. It is pretty, comes in an infinite variety of forms and colors, and carries with it incredible history. The history of jewelry is not only a history of design, style, fashion and technology, but also of hopes and dreams.

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