Vintage jewellery may be distinguished from antique jewellery which tends to be jewellery that is pre 1920s. So is anything not the vintage look? Sure! Vintage is certainly something more distinctive than the herringbone gold chains and St Christophers that adorn the pages of your local catalogue store.
Being into vintage adds a lot of fun to your wardrobe. Costume gems, colourful brooches and cocktail rings, pearls and bows, watch necklaces and charms, these have all glittered from dozens of runways and quickly find their way into your high street or mall. With stone encrusted pieces from the forties and fifties, baubles from sixties pop art, groovy bright seventies colours and shed loads of eighties glam, whatevers in fashion is far more interesting than sterling silver studs and plain chains. The look is whimsical and fortunately for obsessive fashion followers everywhere, its also affordable, with faux gems and inexpensive metals like silver and gold plate being high on the runway trends list.
If, like me, youre a fan of vintage jewellery, you might be wondering what to buy now thatll be a good investment for the future. Were talking about the real vintage deal here jewellery with a past, not the high street imitations. Well, theres a few designers that are sure to be vintage collectibles a few decades from now.
The names to watch for are:
Chanel always classic, always in fashion
Lanvin (Alber Elbaz)
Naturally, names come with a price tag but you can keep your eye out for bargains while allowing the high street alternatives to add spice to your wardrobe. Places to look:
Ebay be careful for fakes though
Charity shops, especially in high fashion areas
If youre buying the real thing, do examine pieces carefully to make sure stones are secure and metal parts are intact. Look at the claws holding the stones, to see that theyre all there. Stones are really expensive or impossible to replace so its worth taking the time.
Also, when youre buying brands, try to find out if they have been repaired as repaired pieces aren’t necessarily worth less but it may affect the value, especially on old pieces….