Saturday, March 20, 2010

Tips for Buying Vintage Jewelry

We all know that diamonds are a girl’s best friend. But what about emeralds, pearls, and sparkly gems? My motto: Anything goes! 

Steps to Stylish Vintage Jewels: 

1. Make sure all the stones are secure. Time can loosen the setting and the glue can come un-glued. Be Careful: Modern cleaning supplies can also destroy vintage glue.

2. Check for clarity. Even vintage faux gems can get cloudy with age. Sometimes all it needs is a good cleaning. If it cheap, it might be worth the risk!!

3. The finish on faux pearls tends to chip and crack over time. Be sure to roll each pearl/bead over to check it from every angle!

4. Be prepared to re-string! Sometimes the beads, pearls, and gems are in amazing condition, but the string is weak.

Vintage jewelry makes great, affordable accessories! Add a little bling without breaking the bank!!


Vicki @Nostalgic Collections
About the Author: Vicki is the founder of Nostalgic Collections, a contributing writer to the Vintage Bulletin, and a member of the Independent Fashion Bloggers.
Photo Credits: 1) Taylor Momsen, Unknown. 2) Audrey Hepburn, Unknown. 3) Natalie Portman, Unknown.

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