Collecting Costume Jewelry - About

Value and Pricing Costume Jewelry

Fake Costume Jewelry and Recasts

Costume Jewelry Repairs

Fake Costume Jewelry and Recasts

No one can know everything, but unfortunately there are sellers out there who intentionally deceive buyers. Sometimes the seller just…

Costume Jewelry Repairs

To repair or not to repair that is the question. Try not to buy something that needs a repair unless…

Collecting Costume Jewelry – About

The bulk of costume jewelry was made in or shipped to the United States. Even though France, Germany, Austria and Czechoslovakia produced large quantities of fine costume jewelry, the class distinctions in Europe kept the “real” jewelry as the preference.

Value and Pricing Costume Jewelry

Rare pieces of costume jewelry can be very valuable, but if there is no market for them they might not be worth a great deal. This is where the research comes into play. An item may have been made by a small company and could be be truly rare, or it could be seasonal junk.…

Fake Costume Jewelry and Recasts

No one can know everything, but unfortunately there are sellers out there who intentionally deceive buyers. Sometimes the seller just doesn’t know. In either case, there are a large amount of fakes, recasts and revival jewelry out there. Some collectors even collect the fakes. Eisenberg, Weiss, Bakelite, and Jelly Bellies are among the most often…

Costume Jewelry Repairs

To repair or not to repair that is the question. Try not to buy something that needs a repair unless you are buying it to wear yourself. Never buy repaired jewelry (other than ones with replaced rhinestones) as an investment. Repairs can significantly decrease the value of a piece. Repairs to costume jewelry are difficult…

Caring for Your Costume Jewelry

Even though it cannot be strictly termed “antique” old costume jewelry is however highly collectible and is available and affordable from estate sales, flea markets, and specialty dealers. As with any antique or collectible, buy the best quality item you can afford and only items you really like. This type of jewelry has its own…

Manufacturing Costume Jewelry

A detailed drawing of the design is created. A model is handcrafted from the design drawing. A mold is made from the model. Metal is cast into the mold to create the setting. The piece is polished and prepared for plating. In some cases, multiple pieces are used to create a design. The pieces must…

History of Costume Jewelry

In the 1700’s in Europe, class status was dictated by the jewels one wore. The upper classes wore diamonds as garment, hair and body adornments. Diamonds were rare even for the wealthy to acquire. So, in Paris in 1724, Georges Stras developed a special glass, stras, that could be cut and polished. This was ultimately…