Every day, you have an aesthetic choice: You can look like everybody else you see on the streets or you can make a gusto-filled grab for a defining look. Should you choose the latter, you would be wise to invest in vintage costume jewelry. The quality, artistry and ostentation cannot be matched by today’s watered-down trends.
For those who manifest their inner sparkle through statement-making vintage jewelry, there’s an exciting treasure trove currently on view at GasLamp showcase B-218 right. It includes many collector’s pieces that are meant to be worn, not stowed away in a velvet box.
One such piece is a dramatic necklace that features three large amethyst-colored teardrop crystals and smaller rhinestones. These crystals are mounted in filigree prongs in a setting of elaborate, open-worked metal in a gold tone. As part of a demi-parure (a set of matching jewelry pieces designed to be worn together), this amethyst necklace includes matching earrings. This demi-parure is probably from the Edwardian era of the 1930s. Bonus: The pendant can be worn separately as a brooch. It’s an investment set at $1,865.
Even if you invest in a few pieces of high-end costume jewelry – say half a dozen, including statement necklaces and bracelets – you will have a jewelry wardrobe with which to conjure up some glamour. One such example is this pair of delightful faux ruby earrings, made in 1966 by Crown Trifari. The round crystals in these gold-tone earrings mimic the fuchsia shade found in real rubies rather than the pigeon’s blood tone of scarlet. The set comes with a gorgeous floral bouquet brooch and earrings; all pieces are signed Crown Trifari.
Everyone needs a rhinestone choker; it’s the little black dress of vintage costume jewelry. The one on view at showcase B-218 hails from Eisenberg, that celebrated maker of costume jewelry made famous for replicating 18th-century fine jewelry with its many complicated details. This glitzy choker is part of an Eisenberg Ice demi-parure, circa 1950, and is composed of graduated sizes of round rhinestones, as well as large emerald and marquise-cut stones ($1,870). The necklace and accompanying brooch are stamped in block letters “Eisenberg Ice”; the earrings are not marked.
A triple-strand briolette choker made of jet black and clear crystals accented with a sprinkling of aurora borealis crystals is yet another piece at GasLamp showcase B-218 ($495). The pendant, which is a constellation of glittery crystals, is replicated on a smaller scale in the matching earrings.
At GasLamp showcase B-218, there is a vintage carved bone necklace that excels at versatility. It can be worn to the office or to a nice restaurant, as it blends well with a variety of fashion ensembles. But even when a piece of vintage jewelry is not so versatile, wear it anyway. I’ve been known to wear massive aurora borealis earrings to the grocery store. I refuse to let such beauty sit in a case, because the world needs to see it. You, too, can fully endorse the strength of sparkle with some fabulous finds at GasLamp.