Vintage Costume Jewelry
The term “costume jewelry” was coined in the 1920s, but jewelry and ornamentation made out of non-precious materials have been worn since ancient times. While it is sometimes labeled as “junk,” “fake,” or "fashion" jewelry, vintage costume jewelry often incorporates workmanship and materials on par with, or better than, fine jewelry. The 20th century brought about a sea change in how jewelry was perceived and used. Before then, women...