Posted 7 years ago
My mother had some lovely costume jewellery as real as prime stones. So thought the burglar who decided to steal my dead mothers pieces. My father was devastated. I've not been able to find many items similar so I decided over the last 12 months to try and get some nice items that the children might like as keepsakes. Even though theyve not been in the family long, they reflect the items I find beautiful.
I happened to be buying some items for a few friends as gigfts recently and noticed that costume seems to be on the up as they say. Getting "genuine" costume, you need an eye for it and fortunately I seem to be quite good at determining a newbie versus a 1960s genuine piece.
You look for names like Coro, Trifari, Christian Dior of course. There were some lovely gold tone or Chinese gold as I know it and Jades from the 1970's around. Japan really did excel at this time with some beautiful pearl and gold sets, very hard to tell too some of the plate to solid. They did a lot of pin type brooches. Then you have your terms that we use in glass like filagree, the pattern usually gold plate, silver or pewter in some cases. I don't use the term rhinestone, thas a little American for me. I love the Borealis glass, especially in pinks and pearls. Have one in the pearl and another in a red to pink...love it..now to get a nice pink Borealis like mum had :)
Anyway most of mine I go on the same basis as glass vases. If it seems to be old and I like it, the price is good then buy it.
Things I watch for. Good settings. If it looks like the genuine article then they've gone to all that effort as if it were a real one then snap it up.
I'm not going to guess periods here nor makers nor regions. But if someone knows in some of my photos, please feel free to comment. I'll do two posts...maybe three...
These items make beautiful gifts. Trouble is, like this weekend I decided to get some for a friend you end up wanting them all for your self...lol ...