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Vintage Jewelry 101

Oct 31, 2007
In recent years there has developed across the United States a craving for antique or vintage jewelry. Authentic jewels are the most sought after, but costume jewelry has a place of its own in the hearts of those who love to collect old and beautiful things.
In all jewelry, real or costume, the market is booming for all types of older stuff.

Victorian, art nouveau, art deco, retro pieces of the 50's and 60's, and vintage rhinestone are much sought after. Other older jewelry that is popular for collecting today is bakelite, lucite, silver, and old beads of plastic or glass.

Some of the best places to find these items are garage and yard sales, flea markets and just plain old junk stores. These are the places where you can run across some of the best bargains to be found. But since all these jewelry items have became such hot commodities, not just for collecting, but for wearing as well, those who have them for sale have begun to get savvy to the fact that they are very desirable.

The sellers are taking the time to investigate exactly what it is that they have and prices are going up, especially in antique shops, estate sales and jewelry auctions.

You can find old jewelry, real and fake pieces, at all these places with quality and pricing that varies. It is good to know the names of certain designers, how to tell the quality, and real value of a piece of old jewelry that interest you.

Knowing these things will allow you to buy with confidence and know what you are getting. If a piece is just beautiful and your main interest is wearing it, not necessarily collecting, then the cost or real value might not be important. That is case with so many, especially women.

If you watch the movie and television award shows, you may have noticed that a great number of the stars are wearing really stunning vintage pieces, and not just the jewelry.

Vintage dresses, purses, and even shoes are all the rage in Hollywood and like places. All types of beading, rhinestones, and the most coveted real diamonds and gemstone vintage wear has been recently making their way down the red carpet runways everywhere.

It is really no wonder that average American women of all classes are jumping on the vintage jewelry, clothing and accessory band wagons. Collectibles you can actually make use of are always the best kind.
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