I was inspired by the creative design, the scale and the colors used in costume jewelry that could not be achieved in gemstone jewels. To me it is all about the visual. Vintage adds a WOW factor to accessorizing as well as a personal fashion statement.
I am constantly asked what my favorite piece is in my collection. If the truth be known, I do not have 1 favorite piece. I have designers who I love such as Schreiner, Coppola e Toppo etc. And I love Bakelite and Scottish jewelry which I collect personally.
What I look for when purchasing vintage is originality, creativity and excellent craftsmanship.
Most of the celebrities select what i call “safe” costume jewelry- either pieces that look real or are small enough not to make a statement. Some exceptions are S.J. Parker, who wears volumes at a time and is truly a collector; Beyonce who loves and collects Chanel; Mrs. Obama, who actually selected a piece from our collection to wear for President Obama’s first inauguration. These people can well afford gemstone jewels. However they select Vintage as a sophisticated fashion statement.
For New Collectors ensure that a piece is in good original condition. Find out as much as you can on pieces that interest you manufacturer, material, date…. Buy from vendors you trust and enjoy the hunt.
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