Vintage Costume Jewelry

We are the #1 Buyer of Costume Jewelry in South Florida

Costume Jewelry is typically bought in the following:

1. Is it a signed or signature piece that can be resold for a higher value?
– Brand names (Tiffany, etc.)
– Vintage jewelry

2. Does it have any precious metal in it?
– Usually silver or white gold
– We test it for you on the X-Ray Spectrometer to find out if there are any precious metals
– The ones we look for are: platinum, palladium, gold, silver
– We then pay the customer based on the amount of precious metal we can sell to the refiner.

3. If none of the above, and is it Still legitimate Costume Jewelry, we will buy it by the Pound.


We Sell Vintage Costume Jewlery

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We buy all types of platinum jewelry and bullion, including wedding sets, necklaces, bracelets, earrings, rings, Rolex watches or other high end brand platinum watches as well as assayed bars and coins. We also buy your platinum jewelry regardless if it’s missing stones, broken, frayed, tangled or considered scrap.

Our highly trained jewelry specialists employ state of the art techniques to evaluate your platinum jewelry quickly and accurately. This enables us to confidently pay out the most cash anyone can offer you for any of your platinum jewelry. We take considerable care and pride in being able to provide to you the best customer service.

What/why Costume Jewelry?

The term “costume jewelry” was coined in the 1920s, but jewelry and ornamentation made out of non-precious materials have been worn since ancient times. While it is sometimes labeled as “junk,” “fake,” or “fashion” jewelry, antique and vintage costume jewelry often incorporates workmanship and materials on par with, and sometimes better than, fine jewelry.

The 20th century brought about a sea change in how jewelry was perceived and used. Before then, women adorned themselves with jewelry made of precious and semi-precious stones and rare metals as a means of flaunting the wealth of their husbands. Therefore, jewelry was mostly worn by the rich to convey their standing in society, although it could also symbolize one’s religious affiliation, the state of a romance, or a period of mourning.

But early in the 20th century, thanks to new materials and industrialization, fashion designers started to experiment with jewelry as an expression of style and creativity, using non-precious materials so that pieces could be bigger and bolder, in line with the Art Deco style and flapper fashions that were emerging. Because these pieces were made of inexpensive materials and not meant to be keepsakes or heirlooms, they could be more trendy and outrageous, tossed in the trash or replaced when a particular look got old.

In a way, the roots of this movement can be traced to the 17th and 18th centuries, when Europe’s collective lust for precious gemstones, in particular diamonds, prompted many jewelers to look for more affordable substitutes in glass. In 1724, a young jeweler named Georges Frédéric Strass developed a special leaded glass known as paste that could be cut and polished with metal powder so that it seemed to twinkle like a diamond in candlelight. Before long, his “diamante” creations were all the rage in Parisian society.

The concept of costume jewelry, per se, wasn’t introduced until the late 1920s, when Coco Chanel launched a line of bold “statement” accessories. Made to look like large flowers or frogs, these pieces were meant to be worn like art rather than as indicators of wealth. Chanel’s jewelry was wildly different from anything that had come before—it was a tremendous hit. Riding the same wave of inspiration, Elsa Schiaparelli created a line of jewelry with large fake stones on bold bracelets whose designs were inspired by the Dada art movement.

Costume jewelry can be characterized by the period:

  • Art Deco period (1920–1930s) Characteristics:

The Art Deco development was an endeavor to join the cruelty of large-scale manufacturing with the affectability of craftsmanship and plan. It was amid this period that Coco Chanel acquainted outfit adornments with finish the ensemble. The Art Deco development passed on with the beginning of the Great Depression and the flare-up of World War II.

As indicated by Schiffer, a portion of the attributes of the ensemble adornments in the Art Deco period was:
– Free-streaming bends were supplanted with a cruelly geometric and symmetrical topic
– Long pendants, bangle arm ornaments, mixed drink rings, and expand frill things, for example, cigarette cases and holders

  • Retro period (1935 to 1950) Characteristics:

In the Retro time frame, planners battled with the craftsmanship versus large scale manufacturing difficulty. Characteristic materials converged with plastics. The retro time frame principally included American-made adornments, which has a particular American look.

– Marvelousness, style, and modernity
– Blooms, bows, and sunburst outlines with a Hollywood style
– Moonstones, horse themes, military impact, and ballet performers
– Bakelite and other plastic gems

  • Art Modern period (1945 to 1960) Characteristics:

– Bold, lavish jewelry
– Large, chunky bracelets, charm bracelets, Jade/opal, charm bracelets, citrine, topaz
– Poodle pins, Christmas tree pins, and other Christmas jewelry
– Rhinestones

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