Monday, February 9, 2009

Costume Jewelry Dazzles...

You may have noticed in the past little while that vintage costume jewelry has made a huge resurgence in the marketplace. Everything from dazzling vintage brooches to shimmering necklaces and bracelets are becoming increasingly popular to wear and collect. Originally, costume or fashion jewelry was made of inexpensive simulated gemstones, such as rhinestones or lucite that were set in pewter, silver, nickel or brass. Modern costume jewelry incorporates a wide range of materials that include high end crystals, cubic zirconia and semi-precious stones.

While costume jewelry has been around for over 300 years, the golden era for this jewelry began in the 1930s when rhinestones became popular in the European market. Thus, costume jewelry using rhinestones surged in demand. The legendary Coco Chanel popularized the use of faux jewelry in her years as a fashion designer, bringing costume jewelry to life with gold and faux pearls.

If you love romantic pieces adorned with costume jewelry, you may want to visit Sandy at She incorporates beautiful costume jewelry with stunning picture frames, silverware and other lovely treasures. Absolutely delightful! If you so desire, take a peek at my web site at our new Jewels & Gems Boutique for pretty, vintage costume jewelry pieces. Also, keep your eye out for costume jewelry in your travels. With a little searching, it can be found at antique auctions, thrift stores, antique shops and online venues. Remember that it can often be found in unusual places so don't be afraid to rummage through that box under the table, open up that old suitcase and be sure to go through old jewelry boxes that have seen better days. You never know what you will find! Have fun collecting ~ until next time, ~Stacy~ xo

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