Shopping for Vintage Jewelry

How To Find True Vintage Jewelry


When seeking the perfect accessory, we’re often too focused on what’s new. But if you’re looking to really stand out, you should consider vintage jewelry.

True vintage jewelry has to be over 20 years old. Pieces that have been around this long carry their stories with them, and when you wear it, you become a part of that story. And with such a wide variety of periods and styles to choose from, it’s not hard to find vintage pieces to fit any style or theme you like. Here are some ways to find the perfect piece for you.

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Go On The Hunt

Turn the overwhelming jewelry shopping experience into a vintage adventure by exploring the local vintage shops in your hometown. It’s time to check out that quirky little store that you always walk by but have never gone into, or the antique store that your grandmother loves. These little shops can be gold mines for all kinds of vintage finds. The owners of these stores can also be helpful in pointing you towards other places to discover.

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Scour the Internet

If you’re coming up empty handed at the brick and mortar stores, don’t hesitate to go online.  If you’re truly focused on originality, try to avoid the bigger name sites if possible. You can find great, one-of-a-kind pieces at online stores like Etsy, which has individual sellers, or auction sites like Invaluable, which deals directly with reputable auction houses. Choosing this kind of route over your more standard retail options helps ensure that the vintage jewelry you find is completely unique.

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Keep It In The Family

True vintage jewelry may be closer than you think! Ask your mother or grandmother if they have any favorite pieces in their collection you can borrow. Odds are they have gathered quite a collection over the years. And don’t be surprised if they’re more than willing to pass down some stunning jewelry for which they no longer have much use. There’s no more meaningful pieces than the ones you inherit from family.

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Fake It Til You Make It

Searching for true vintage pieces that are your style, size, and match the look you want can be difficult. If you’re not finding what you’re looking for there’s no shame in faking it. There are plenty of modern pieces that have been inspired by vintage looks and styles; from replicas, to original handmade pieces. Although not authentic, they’ll be no less perfect, and it’s doubtful that anyone will know the difference.

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When all’s said and done, the jewelry you wear needs to reflect your style and aesthetic. Whatever you end up choosing, it needs to be something you love. So, let that be your main focus while trying to find the perfect piece.


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