My old office had four to five large boxes brimming with costume jewelry on any given day. I loved sorting through the boxes. I would put music on, sit on the floor, and sort the jewelry into piles. I’d find the extraordinary costume pieces that stood out among all the rest.
What makes one piece stand out? What makes a piece of costume jewelry worth researching? I remember sorting through a random box of costume jewelry and finding a single clip-on earring that caught my eye. It was an insect. The stones in it were lovely and real. Real stones in costume jewelry is uncommon. After a quick search on the internet, I found the single earring had a value over $600!
Look for high craftsmanship. Small details such as how many prongs hold rhinestones in place can indicate the quality of its make. Ornate items typically indicate a higher value. Simple designer Bakelite bracelets soar in value, but you will have no problem seeing my point with older items from makers like Miriam Haskell, Eisenberg, or Hobe’.
An experienced eye is your best asset as you search for quality pieces. Make your own crash course in costume jewelry by checking out a local antiques dealer’s shop. Ask to see their high-end costume and get acquainted with the most valuable pieces first.
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