The term "fashion jewelry" (also called "costume jewelry") usually describes bold, stylish and expressive statement pieces made from non-precious materials. Through the years, fashion designers and costume jewelers have set new trends with different designs, using more affordable materials like glass, paste, rhinestones, etc. For collectors and for those who love to accessorize, vintage fashion jewelry is here to stay.
Among the wide array of sometimes outrageous but often elegant vintage pieces, fashion jewelry necklaces are one of the most popular. Some of the most sought-after designers and
When buying (any) vintage jewelry, always check for the condition of all parts of the piece. Look for darkened (or missing) stones, broken locks, chips, scratches, and other damage. And there is no shortage of faux vintage pieces on the market, so if you’re shopping for a true vintage or antique, you want to check the weight (old pieces are heavier), and ask the seller lots of questions like whether the finish and all stones are original, where they got them from, etc.
If you are a new collector of vintage jewelry, the smartest way to learn is to find the best dealer in your area and get to know him/her. Don’t hesitate to ask them for advice on how to recognize authentic and fake gems, telltale signs of certain designers, and how to identify restored or embellished pieces.
I firmly believe that vintage fashion jewelry will never go out of style. Who can resist those bold colors and the intricate craftmanship? Not only are they fun and gorgeous accessories (most of the time!), they can also be fabulous investments for the future.