Hi there! Hope you had a great weekend. I’ve got some vintage jewelry to share with you today. Do you love hunting down good jewelry deals like I do? Nothing excites me more than a small box or tray of jewels at a garage sale, especially when they have signs reading something like, “Earrings 50¢, Necklaces $1.00.” I always take the time to give these displays a good look, keeping my eyes peeled for anything that looks and/or feels like sterling or solid gold. Both metals tend to be lighter than the metal used for costume jewelry and the color has a softer look than gold or silver-toned pieces. And of course, when you suspect a piece to be “real,” look for a “sterling,” “.925,” or “14 K” (or 9, 10, or 18 K) mark.
Scoring low-priced jewelry means you get to build your own personal collection for a fraction of the cost of new. This rhinestone watch, not particularly old, but with a great vintage-y look cost just 50¢ and went right into my jewelry box.
You can find this rhinestone bracelet, however, in my Vintage Shop (cost: $1.00, value $10-12.00).
An almost matching pair of rhinestone screw back earrings (cost: 50¢, value: $5-8.00).
A rhinestone bangle (cost: 50¢, value: $8-10.00).
A sterling silver bangle with flower design (cost: $1.00, value: $12-15.00), marked “Sterling” on the inside. Available.
An interesting piece–sterling silver wrapped around a bangle form (cost: 50¢, value: $12-15.00). It has several silver marks on the inside that I’m not familiar with.
This pretty pearl necklace by Monet also entered my jewelry box (cost: $1.00, value: $12-15.00)
Monet, one of several higher quality manufacturers of costume jewelry, has been in business since 1937. Vintage & Pre-Loved Jewelry: Monet.
I am absolutely in love with this type of accordion bracelet (cost: $1.00, value: $15-20.00), but unfortunately, I can’t seem to wear bracelets that cling to my wrist. Poor me. Available.
The design of this accordion example is pretty spectacular (cost: $1.00, value: $25-35.00). Available.
Final Fabulous Find: Did you know that vintage jewelry presentation cases like this amazing aqua one are highly collectible? I once sold a small velvet ring case (c.1900’s, with a brass button latch) for $18.00, almost as soon as I listed it on Etsy. I believe this nice large one dates to about the 1950’s (cost: $1.00, value: $$25-30.00).
I hope you’re having a successful season of vintage shopping and are scoring some fabulous finds of your own 🙂 Happy hunting!
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