Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Vintage Costume Jewelry

When I first began to acquire my late Grandmother's jewelry I though this is going to be great I can take pictures, post them, and sell some vintage jewelry. My grandmother passed away in 1981, most likely stopped buying jewelry no later than 1979 because she was ill. Since then the jewelry has been in my aunts attic. When my aunt retired she decided she wanted to clean out her attic. I was very fortunate when my mother spoke to my aunt (who by the way was going to toss the costume jewelry), and she told her to send it to me because I design jewelry and I would be able to do something with the jewelry. I eagerly awaited for the box to come in the mail. Well the first items were in two fairly large boxes and I was so excited to see my grandmothers jewelry. I began to reminisce when she was getting ready for work putting on her jewelry and the house aroma was her Tabu perfume. My grandmother always wore jewelry for work most of her pieces had matching sets, she took care of her jewelry most is in excellent condition, unless it is that old it has some flaws but is still so fascinating. I began to look through all the jewelry and was so fascinated by the beautiful most sparkly designs. I began to realized this is not as simple as I thought it was going to be. I seen pieces that were signed by the designers Sarah Coventry, Weiss, Lisner, RFL, Japan Movement, Judy Lee, plus many more. My next job was to research the designers. I have gained so much knowledge on designer vintage costume jewelry and the eras the designs were popular. In upcoming weeks I will be selling some original vintage jewelry. As I was browsing threw the many rings anyone out there remember in the 70's the spoon ring which was a pretty hot item then. I have several which are marked sterling silver in different sizes. I will be reopening my shop May 1st and there will be several vintage pieces until then I continue to research and gain knowledge on vintage costume jewelry. Oh and my aunt continues to send more boxes of jewelry. I know now that my grandmother and I love pearls and there are many designs that I just can't part with so until next time………see you then

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