Vintage jewellery wasn’t always something you’d find at an antique store or on auction sites. At one point, these designer pieces were at the height of fashion in their day. Vintage costume jewellery was produced on a mass scale during the industrial 1900s to appeal to the emerging middle class. However, these pieces look like they are one-of-a-kind. Many have intricate designs and textures.
Costume jewellery was often made with cheaper materials than fine jewellery to make it more affordable, but it still exudes a superior quality. Common materials used in costume jewellery included plastics, base metals, gold plating, imitation pearls and glass. Top fashion designers used these materials to make incredible works of art that have inspired future generations. These pieces are more affordable than fine jewellery, but because they were made by big-time designers, they look just as gorgeous.
You can find art deco rings from the 1920s to add to your vintage ensemble. Big rhinestone brooches were incredibly popular in the 1950s. Women used to wear them to add flair to otherwise boring coats and dresses. In the 1960s, earrings dropped into a chandelier style, and gold chains were popular in the 1970s. You don’t have to wear vintage pieces with retro clothing. Many of these treasures are absolutely timeless and work with modern styles. Louder works of art work as a main focus for your ensemble. Use them on top of buttons and as hair pieces.
Brands to look for when searching for designer jewellery from the past include Weiss, Coro, Trifari, Haskell, Eisenberg, Boucher, Lisner, Juliana, Carnegie, and Sarah Coventry.