Vintage Jewelry Buying Guide
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|Shopping for fine vintage jewelry, vintage costume jewelry, and antique jewelry on eBay is like exploring your grandmother's extremely large jewelry box. You'll find nearly every type of jewelry imaginable, from cameos and brooches to hat pins, necklaces, and earrings, representing every stylistic era, including Georgian,Victorian, Edwardian, Art Deco, Art Nouveau, and Retro.|
Shopping for vintage jewelry requires a good eye and a sharp mind. eBay sellers offer antique items, vintage items, and a diverse selection of vintage and antiquereproduction jewelry to meet your budget. Before you shop, learn how to spot each type of jewelry.
Know the big names in vintage designer costume jewelry
Often made with plastics, base metals, gold plating, imitation pearls, and glass gems, vintage designer costume jewelry has a unique look and doesn’t appear mass-produced. From big rhinestone brooches of the ‘50s, to mod chandelier-like earrings of the ‘60s, to slinky gold chains of the ‘70s, and the big-time baublesof the ‘80s, vintage costume jewelry pieces have taken to the runways. If you’re in the market for vintage designer costume jewelry, keep brands like Weiss,Haskell, Eisenberg, Coro, Trifari, Boucher, Carnegie, Sarah Coventry, Juliana, Kramer, Bogoff, and Lisner in mind.
Look at condition
The condition of a particular vintage or antique item affects the jewelry piece’s overall price. Older jewelry, more elaborate pieces, and jewelry in excellent condition tend to fetch a higher price than other items. If the seller has authentication papers or an original box, price tag, or jewelry pouch with the designer’s logo, the jewelry’s price can instantly double.
If purchasing a true vintage or antique item, carefully evaluate the photos in item listings. Look for chips and cracks in the stone or enamel and other flaws, such as corrosion, verdigris discoloration, bumps, holes, and cracks in the surface of gold and silver pieces. Unlike scratches, these flaws cannot be repaired.
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Choose Your Favorite Vintage Jewelry Era
Vintage jewelry spans decades of different stylistic eras. Each era offers a vast range of designs. Take a closer look at the various jewelry design eras so you can narrow your focus:
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Find Vintage & Antique Jewelry on eBay
If you can't find exactly what you want, try shopping eBay Stores, tell the eBay Community what you want by creating a post on Want It Now, or save a searchon My eBay and eBay will email you when a match becomes available.
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Buy Vintage & Antique Jewelry With Confidence
Before making your purchase, make sure you know exactly what you're buying, research your seller, and understand how eBay and PayPal protect you.
Know your purchase
Carefully read the details in item listings.
Know your seller
Research your seller so you feel positive and secure about every transaction.
In the unlikely event that you don't receive your item or it is not as described, eBay Buyer Protection will cover your purchase price plus original shipping. Learn more.