Vintage Costume Jewelry

We’ve assembled a beautiful collection of vintage costume jewelry for you. You’ll find each piece is carefully created. Each selected for you because it’s in perfect condition. But is vintage costume jewelry right for you?

Costume jewelry has been part of culture for almost 300 years. During the 18th century, jewelers began making pieces with inexpensive glass. In the 19th century, costume jewelry was made of semi-precious material. This made the jewels more affordable. This affordability gave common people the chance to own fine costume jewelry. But the real golden era for the costume jewelry began in the middle of the 20th century.

The new middle class wanted beautiful, but affordable jewelry. Demand for jewelry of this type came about with the machine-age and the industrial revolution. The revolution made the production of carefully executed replicas of admired heirloom pieces possible.

As the word “costume” implies, this type of jewelry was large; almost larger than life. They were worn to complement an outfit, fitting in with the style and coloring. They were part of your costume.

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