Monday, July 30, 2012

COLLECTING VICTORIAN COSTUME JEWELRY



One of my interests is collecting Victorian Costume Jewelry. I wear it and subsequently - sometimes I loose it or break it.  I have some stories that are sad that I won't burden you with.  Sometimes I can "figure out" a way to redeem a broken piece or I use it in a different way.  I am not a perfectionist so all the stones don't have to be there to make me happy.  This is just costume jewelry - not REAL GEMSTONES. It is inexpensive.  I am a mix and match person - not afraid to blend things that are similar but not exactly matched.  Earrings that are similar to the necklace are fine with me even if they are not as old!





Just the experience of scouring antique malls and flea markets has taught me  a few things.  It is easy to be fooled by jewelry placed in a vintage setting.  Many jewelry designing companies made Victorian Style Jewelry in the late 80's and early 90's and NOW.  Much of this can appear in an antique mall and look quite at home.  At my store I sell new jewelry that is Victorian Style like Kenny Mae, Sweet Romance and  Michal Negrin which is from Israel.  Let me warn you - a common mistake is to to buy a hatpin which is sold as "antique".  These are mass produced and it takes an expert to tell the difference.



The Victorians had special black jewelry worn when someone passed.....





Some of these pieces aren't Victorian - but vintage from the early 1930's- 40's.






The older earrings are screw earrings.  Sometimes an earring will look very old  be clip - but clips are much newer.




A dress clip can easily be converted into a necklace by just flipping it over a chain.  I do that with the green dress clip above.








I purchased the necklace below center left with matching screw earrings for $15.00.  Wearing it, I quickly lost one of the earrings.  Looking at the one that was left I realized the earrings were made by taking some of the facets off the necklace and gluing on screw backs.



I am linking this post to Kathy's "Return to Loveliness" at A Delightsome Life



I invite you to come back and join me for "Tea In The Garden" on Wednesday!

7 comments:

Antiques And Teacups said...

What a n absolutely fabulous collection Bernideen! You are right about some being from the 1920-1930s, but the style NEVER goes out of style! You have a wonderful collection! Thanks for sharing it with us!
Ruth

ellen b. said...

What a fun collection Bernideen. I have a hat pin from one of Dear's Great Aunts.

Beth said...

You have some lovely jewelry, Bernideen. My favorite is the "ruby" and "sapphire." Love those blues!

Carla B. Reeves said...

A gorgeous collection Bernideen! I love it all. I have been collecting similar jewelry for a few years, but have found that they are becoming quite expensive. I really treasure my vintage jewelry. I love your yellow necklace. Thanks so much for sharing.
Carla

Michele's Treasures, Teacups, and Tumbling Rose Cottage said...

What pretties! I never tire of looking. Thank you for sharing. ; )
~Michele

Angela McRae said...

Oh my! I have a small collection of vintage rhinestone jewelry, and your Victorian pieces are simply exquisite!!!

Athena at Minervas Garden said...

I love vintage costume jewelry, Bernideen, and this is lovely! I like to collect rhinestone pieces, and I have a fondness for drop earrings.