Some of the famous names in costume jewellery
include both the high and low priced brands from Trifari, Dior, Chanel, Monet,
Napier, Corocraft to Coventry.
You can still buy many of these names today, but truly
interesting authentic period examples can be found amid the vintage jewellery
market. There is something about a real vintage piece that captures the
spirit of an era. Ask grandma what she has in her box in the attic or
pushed to the back of a drawer, or browse some of the wonderful vintage
jewellery sites online. Most vintage jewellery sites have a mixed
selection of goods such as those shown here from Glitterbug.
Photos of some very different and unusual costume jewellery pieces
that have a modern yet retro feel at the same time.
All thumbnails enlarge.
This stunning Marvella set features enamel leaves.
What a statement maker. The clip earrings scream 1950s style.
Glitterbug the vintage costume jewellery website for current
availability or similar items.
Brooches add a perfect textural contrast to the collar of
this season's tweed jacket. Pins are big news 2004/2005 and can be
attached not just to a garment, but also to a bag or even a cushion as you
add to your collection.
Glitterbug also has a good selection of crystal/glass
earrings and brooches as shown in the headers of both these vintage
costume jewellery pages.
In the 1960s more unusual
costume jewellery was popular using modern plastics and ethnic pieces to achieve
a look that was both futuristic and chunky on the one hand and looking back to ancient
designs on the other, using the tiniest of fine beads.
The 1980s saw another revival of costume jewellery under the
huge influence of Dallas and Dynasty programmes seen worldwide. The pieces
were lavish and opulent. By this time cubic zirconia was easily available
and made for great imitation pieces. Smart enamel pieces were also very
popular in contrast to the glitz of diamante.
By the 1990s less became more and unusual was the catchword.
So that now in the noughties of the twenty first century we see a huge interest
in vintage costume jewellery pieces as buyers strive to acquire the unusual.
Those buyers want to have individual pieces that have a difference to that worn
by their neighbour. Meanwhile manufacturers do their best to copy old
pieces giving modern pieces a vintage look, making the vintage look the perfect
accessory for vintage designs in clothing whether true vintage or designer
Many good department stores now have a section within their
jewellery department that sells and buys vintage cocktail jewellery. You
can of course buy costume jewellery online over the internet at a store such as
Please note I have no vested interest in Glitterbug - I just
think the stock is very varied and attractive of its type as the range of
pictures on these two pages shows. The owner has been kind enough to allow me to
show some of her very interesting stock here, enabling you to understand the
full range of items that come under the term cocktail and costume jewellery.
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