Vintage jewellery is a collectible commodity, and is therefore valuable to a great many. This type of jewellery, as crafted from cheap materials and counterfeit jewels, is classified separately from fine jewellery. Even if available at a more affordable price, rare and high-quality parts can sell for thousands of dollars.
You will love using various vintage pieces and be well prepared to judge the potentiality and historic importance of differing types of costume pieces by understanding the designs, pieces and designers known for every decade.
Vintage Costume Jewelry from the 1920s
The Roaring Twenties were an age of radical changes in politics and society that introduced new obsession with costumes. The nation’s income has more than doubled in this decade and consumerism has been put more emphasis than ever. These changes influenced the way women looked and dressed at the time, and influenced their choices in mode.
Women started wearing hair bobbing in the 1920’s, providing the ideal excuse to show declarational earrings. Long, hanging necklaces became fashionable that enhanced the wearer’s neck. During this time, Pearls also came in trend.
Vintage Costume Jewelry from the 1930s
The effect of the Great Depression on retailer disposable revenues in the 1930s made costume jewellery a requirement. Most women were no longer able to routinely purchase new clothing and started relying on accessories to improve their appearance. More concentration on accessorising urged jewellery manufacturers to start playing with new pieces. This led to the development of the dress clip that soon became the most important gem of the decade.
In France, the double clip brooch was invented as fine jewellery and was patented in the United States. Coro acquired the patent rights in 1933 and in 1935 established the first Duettes. These pieces were often carried in pairs along the neckline or attached individually to the hats, bags and belts.
During the century, Cartier and other fine gems manufactured fruit and flowers’ baskets, known as fruit salads or tutti frutti. This led firms such as Coro, Trifari and Boucher to create lines which inspired them to produce glass molded with rubies, emeralds and saphirs in fine jewellery.
Vintage Costume Jewelry from the 1940s
The fighting had a major influence both on the designs of mode and jewellery when World War II began. In particular, dress trends were male and sensitive, while jewellery became a discreet feminine complement to the appearance.
Women put wide bracelets and big brooches along the shoulders of their garment during that time. Double-brooch clips were common but developed into asymmetric, three-dimensional bits from a geometric symmetric design.
The fact that sterling silver replaced basic metals because of wartime prohibitions was one of the major improvements in costumes. The war was also caused by a lack of seed pearls and turquoise, coral and jade imitation. In addition, wood, leather, Bakelite, lucite and plaster were all remarkable during this era.
The costume of jewellery has been around for almost 300 years, with the beginning of the 19th century, when gemstones experimented with cheap form of glass. Over the decades, the patterns of costume gems have changed as social and political movement’s change, which traditionally represents the broader tendencies of the world of fine gemstones.