Vintage Costume Jewelry Pins and Brooches

  • Costume Jewelry, Beyond June Cleaver Most women own at least a few pieces of costume jewelry, perhaps received as hand-me-downs from family members. Too often, though, these strings of faux pearls, goldtone chains, strands of glass beads, and heavy brooches remain in the jewelry box because they seem, well, boring. But you can wear ordinary pieces like these without looking like June Cleaver, Barbara Bush, or, for that matter, Hillar…
  • Get Into Costume: Henry Schreiner Brooch When I first started collecting vintage costume jewelry, I was drawn to what I considered objects of art by Henry Schreiner. Based in New York City, he designed magnificent costume jewelry from the 1950s through the '70s. His jewels catered to the stars and such couture houses as Dior and Balenciaga. These "gems" were produced in small runs and are coveted today by collectors and fashionistas the …
  • Carole Tanenbaum on Costume Jewelry's 'Wow' Factor My husband and I have many collections. We were in London at one point in the ’80s, and I saw a fabulous collection of vintage costume jewelry. Each item was like a little object of art. I bought about two dozen pieces, including some wonderful early Chanels that are virtually impossible to find today, and several pieces by Dior and Hobe. That really got me started. Because I had begun at the high…
  • Christie Romero on Differences Between Fine and Costume Jewelry Over the Decades I started out with general antiques and collectibles... I was a dealer for a while and bought and sold all kinds of things. Gradually jewelry became my focus. In the mid-1980s I started getting serious, and in 1988 I started teaching small classes, workshops, and seminars, primarily on costume jewelry but also some fine jewelry. Vintage costume jewelry was just beginning to take off as a collec…