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Tips On Finding Vintage Jewelry

Dec 20, 2007
Genuine vintage jewelry and new jewelry that is made to look Vintage is always in fashion. We have seen the big names in Jewelry design like Cartier who fortifies the trend with the release of their orchid line. The Orchid line from Cartier reminds us of those necklaces that we used to rummage through in our grandmother's jewelry boxes. Vintage jewelry is characterized by different styles that have inspired the era that they were in. For example, in the 1920s and 1930s when the flapper girl movement was taking hold of the social scene, we see jewelry styles like long pearl necklaces and heavily studded pendants, brooches and rings. Cocktail rings with huge stones (which have been very famous lately) are seen worn on dainty fingers to signify style and in a way financial standing.

None the less, vintage jewelry has indeed increased in popularity even though they have always been a staple in the market. Long before they got back into 'fashion's' good graces, tons of beautiful and valuable vintage jewelry have been found on sale in flee markets and street fares. The trick is to get your hands on the best ones for the lowest price possible. Below are a few tips that will help you land the best price for vintage jewelry.

TAKE THE DAY OFF - Be the whole of Sunday or the entire weekend itself, vintage jewelry shopping will definitely take up your whole day, if not more. If you are serious about having the best finds, you need to be ready in spending time looking around. Most flee markets are huge, they can cover up entire parking lots and maybe even bigger spaces, in short, when shopping for a thing in a flee market, you need to look around before you can find anything you really want - and the looking around part can take a long time. Flea markets are one good source of Vintage jewelry; another is Vintage shops located all over the country. They are most often tucked away in side streets and secluded area. If you do not know any vintage stores in your locality, then you better start looking.

CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM - Well, at least attempt to bluff. Don't show too much interest. If you do find something you like, act nonchalant about it - as if it's the 100th similar piece you have seen that day. Ask casually and throw a few negative comments on the jewelry's way. Why do this? Vendors pick up on interested customers and in a place like a flea market or a vintage store where there is no fixed price; haggling is as natural as breathing. Another important thing is to haggle; these vendors sell their products for the highest possible price which means that they can still significantly lower the asking price.

KEEN EYE - Make sure that you are getting a piece that doesn't have a lot of damage. If it does, call the damage to the attention of the seller, this way he or she can give you further discount. Do not at any point purchase something that is clearly damaged and irreparable. If you do so, you are only loosing money instead of gaining something by making an investment in broken jewelry.
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