Oops, I did it again: vintage jewelry fashion returns
Surely, as a child, you looked into your mother’s or grandmother’s jewelry box and tried on yourself. It’s time to do it again: vintage jewelry and jewelry at the peak of popularity. If you have not inherited jewelry from your relatives, do not be sad: you can look for vintage accessories at the flea market or order models styled for a certain era in the jewelry salon. The most difficult thing is to choose the right decoration with a touch of antiquity and harmoniously fit it into a modern image. But having figured out the fashionable nuances, you will find a “favorite”: you fall in love with the graceful beauty and sophistication of vintage accessories once and for all!
What is vintage
The word vintage has french roots. Previously, it was used exclusively in winemaking. At first, this word meant the selection of grapes for a specific type of wine, and later they began to use the word to denote quality aged wines. In France, for example, wines with a ten-year or more aging are called vintage.
From the wine world, the word “vintage” borrowed fashion. Vintage trends began to gain momentum when people became a little tired of glamor. Echoes of the past, things with history began to be appreciated again in society. Vintage jewelry is especially popular among modern fashionistas. An accessory can be called vintage if it was made more than 20 years ago. Everything younger is modern.
The demand for vintage jewelry does not mean at all that the era of old accessories has come, and you can get any model out of the bins and wear it. Junk is not yet vintage. A vintage product must be of high quality and unique. It is important that the decoration reflects the era to which it belongs, was an iconic representative of its time. Like quality wines, vintage accessories have become more valuable over the years. The best examples are considered to be products from copyright collections, unique models that have not been replicated. The price of such accessories can be equated to a fortune (and this applies not only to jewelry models, but also jewelry). Their imperishable beauty is really worth it: the truly exclusive jewelry of past eras is out of fashion and time, they will never lose their relevance.
Features of vintage jewelry
You can recognize vintage jewelry by its characteristic features. As a rule, accessories of past eras are large, but at the same time they consist of numerous details that intertwine and create a fanciful elegant pattern. The jewelry is decorated with beads, wooden elements, details on a fabric basis. On vintage accessories there are stamps in the form of plants and animals, heroes of legends and fairy tales. They are glued to glass elements or to semi-precious stone.
Antique jewelry can be made of gold and silver. But most often the latest models are found: silver has always been an affordable material. The of jewelers of past years will not leave anyone indifferent: every detail is thought out in the products. Of particular beauty are vintage accessories with stones. Minerals, as a rule, are processed by the cabochon method: after processing, the gem acquires a characteristic smoothness, the convex surface is polished in such a way that it does not have a single facet. The stone is usually complemented by an exquisite frame that fully reveals its beauty. Often around the perimeter the “cabochon” is dotted with small pebbles or beads: this technique gives the accessory a special sophistication.
One of the key elements of vintage accessories is the cameo. This is a print of an animal or person. The image is convex. Ancient cameos made of porcelain or glass are characterized by special refinement. Usually jewelry with such decorative elements had a generic value and were inherited.
Where to get antique jewelry
Accessories with a touch of antiquity are now in trend. Fashionistas who want to join the vintage trends should look for standing pieces among the jewelry that belonged to mom, grandmother or even great-grandmother. It doesn’t have to be a piece of jewelry: sometimes vintage jewelry is more valuable than a model made of gold or silver – a lot depends on the era of the jewelry creation, its exclusivity, etc. Naturally, the accessory should be wearable: good condition is the main criterion that determines whether an old jewelry will fit into modern realities.
If you are not a happy owner of a family vintage, you can purchase a product with a story. The main places where you need to look for “treasure” – flea markets, shops of antiquity. But you need to be prepared for the fact that truly valuable specimens are not cheap. And there are four reasons for this.
Vintage products are in fashion, and demand, as you know, directly affects pricing.
Some materials that were used in the manufacture of antique jewelry are no longer used today. This also significantly increases the cost of accessories, even when it comes to jewelry.