Vintage Costume Jewelry Value
Collecting costume jewelry can be addictive. The styles, colors, and designs are remarkably beautiful and once you start you may not be able to stop.
Vintage costume jewelry Value filled with books featuring the different designers and fashion trends throughout the 1950’s-90’s. Combined with my dad’s 30+ years of knowledge in the vintage industry, we are able to identify the original decade that each piece in our collection was manufactured in. Since we span so many decades, we promise there’s something for everyone’s style.
History of Vintage Costume Jewelry
Vintage costume jewelry produced from the late 1800s up to the 1960s and beyond is very collectible today, as well as very wearable. Women add vintage rhinestone brooches to winter coats, hats as well as at the waist of dresses. Jewelry boxes are filling with styles from the past to become worn today – anything from funky bangles from the 1960s to vintage hat pins and stylish pearl necklaces.
Originally costume jewelry was not intended to last. Pieces were inexpensive and were designed to go with each season’s new outfits. The thinking behind it was that women could replace items as frequently as they replaced their clothes, with few financial repercussions. As a result, vintage costume jewelry is representative of fashion trends throughout the century. Little did anyone know at that time that the quality would hold up and a large number of pieces would survive and be quite collectible.
This vintage costume pin is a perfect example of the imagination and detail that is a part of vintage costume jewelry. You just do not see this kind of quality in new costume jewelry today. Let’s say you have a piece of vintage costume jewelry with a patent pending stamp or a patent. There are excellent web sites that are dedicated to identifying costume jewelry which was produced when jewelry designs were patented in the US. Patenting as a practice died out in the early 1950s and the heyday of patented costume jewelry was from the 1920s-1940s.
The quality and craftsmanship is better than today’s costume jewelry. Most of it was originally produced in the Northeastern United States. Vintage costume jewelry was
made using a mixed base metal and then triple plated with either gold or silver so that, even today, it won’t easily tarnish. Today they usually only plate costume jewelry one time so it is more likely to tarnish quickly. Because the base metal is farther away from the skin, people with skin sensitivities are often able to wear vintage jewelry.
Where to locate Collectible Costume Jewelry
The best places to find collectible costume jewelry to resell reaches estate auctions, yard sales, flea markets and thrift shops. These are the places where the best deals are available. Buying at antique shops and vintage clothing shops to resell may not be worth the cost. Occasionally, an individual can find a vintage lot on eBay in a reasonable price, but deals are rare. There’s stiff competition for good lots which include signed pieces.
Popularity of Paste Jewelry
The popularity of vintage costume jewelry is continuing to grow quite a bit over the last fifteen years. This is often seen by the large number of Websites that have been popping up. It’s also become popular on fashion runways. In 2004 particularly, vintage brooch sales soared also it seemed as though every fashionista around was sporting one. Wearing vintage costume pieces definitely constitutes a statement and you’re unlikely to determine two people wearing the same piece.