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Vintage Jewelry Collecting - Vintage Jewelry Care and Tips

Updated on March 27, 2015

Over 50 Years of Vintage Jewelry Collecting - Tips Shared

With over 50 years of experience in collecting vintage jewelry, we share tips and teach our customers how to take care of it.

We have a little gift shop in Hubbard, Ohio where we have quite a bit of vintage jewelry out on display in showcases. We have so much that only a small portion is out on display at one time and put more out as it goes.

We also have quite a bit of it online.

More of our Vintage Jewelry at our Hubbard Ohio Gift Shop
More of our Vintage Jewelry at our Hubbard Ohio Gift Shop

There are four vintage jewelry collectors here...

...so there is a huge selection.

Collecting vintage jewelry is a hobby (obsession?) of ours. We love to go through old jewelry boxes looking for that rare find that we "...just have to have!" for one of us or for one of our regular customers.

We specialize in antique-estate-vintage jewelry most of which is in excellent condition -a few have a stone or two loose or gone..., but this is to be expected. This just means that it was a deeply loved piece of jewelry.

We have usually have some Florenza, Trifari, Coro, Kramer, Swank, Monet, Emmons, Sarah Coventry, Vendome, Weiss, Eisenberg, B.S.K., (some marked) Western Germany, (some marked) Czechoslovakia and many more brands and/or designers available.

We also have rhinestone items, aurora borealis rhinestone items, & some gemstone jewelry pieces or sets (like an opal set, a jade ring...). There is some sterling silver, some gold,... and other antique-costume-estate jewelry that is either unmarked, has an unknown mark, or has an unreadable mark.

We are always getting in more jewelry to add to our collection and/or to offer to our customers.

There is also a nice array of unusual, trendy, and-or handcrafted.... jewelry at our Hubbard Ohio Gift Shop at 6177 Youngstown-Hubbard Road in Hubbard, Ohio.

Book about collecting vintage jewelry

More Vintage Jewelry on display!

Even more of Mom's Jewelry booth at our Hubbard Ohio Gift Shop
Even more of Mom's Jewelry booth at our Hubbard Ohio Gift Shop

Jewelry collector - Addict perhaps ?
Know someone who craves jewelry ?
Want "New York style" on a teeny-tiny budget ?
Do you need a great gift for someone ?
* If any or all of these describes you,
- then you've come to the right place !

In addition to antique-estate jewelry, we also have some Italian charms; one-of-a-kind handcrafted jewelry; & trendy new jewelry too.

Vintage Jewelry sparklers - great for the bride and bridal party or anyone who loves vintage jewelry
Vintage Jewelry sparklers - great for the bride and bridal party or anyone who loves vintage jewelry

Vintage Jewelry Cleaning and Care tips

Did you know that you should NEVER soak any of your rhinestone jewelry ?

The extra sparkle comes from a special foil that is applied on the back of the stones.

The foil on the back of those old crystals is delicate and if you soak or scrub them, you could damage or dislodge it.

It is this foil backing that makes a "rhinestone" a rhinestone.

Without this, at best, it is just a crystal -very pretty, but not a rhinestone and, at worst, it will be a "dead" stone that doesn't look very nice.

This would greatly devalue your rhinestone jewelry - not to mention it would lose much of its beloved sparkle.

Jewelry that must be cleaned, should be treated very gently.

Try this: Spray an ammonia-free jewelry cleaner or window cleaner onto a microfiber cloth, only until slightly damp. Take this barely dampened cloth and softly wipe off your non-rhinestone/gemstone jewelry pieces and the tops of the rhinestones. *Make sure the jewelry pieces are completely dry before you put them away.

Aurora Borealis Jewelry was most likely made in the 50's.

It is the coating applied to the crystals that make them Aurora Borealis Crystals that show all of the colors of the rainbow.

Again, use the same cleaning method as above so that you do not scratch off any of the coating.

Please do not just throw your jewelry into a jewelry box because it can get all scratched up and prong-set stones can be pulled loose if the piece gets tangled with another piece of jewelry.

Instead, please use the ring sections of your jewelry box to keep your rings from damage.

Wrap (and label) each piece of jewelry in some soft tissue paper if you do not have jewelry bags or a jewelry pouch - to keep it clean and safe from being tangled or scratched.

Men's Gift Idea Corner - Make sure that YOU don't get the cold shoulder like this guy :)

Don't get the cold shoulder like this guy - get her a great gift !
Don't get the cold shoulder like this guy - get her a great gift !

Here are things to ponder before buying her a gift.

Does the person for whom you wish to buy a gift tend to be flashy or subtle in her dressing style ?

What does her social life consist of, dinner and dancing -or a video and microwave popcorn... ?

Is there anything that she collects such as daisies, frogs, stars... ?

Are her ears pierced, does she wear chokers or "choke at the mere thought of one" ?

Does she LOVE wearing a pin/brooch on her jacket or to decorate her hat... ?

The answers to these questions and others could give you a hint about what kind of jewelry she would most appreciate getting.

Also, ask her friends if there is something special that she has been wanting, but probably would never buy for herself.

The key here is to do your homework. Get to know her style, her needs, her dreams... because every woman needs to feel special.

hundreds of vintage pins - Looking for a vintage brooch ?

Vintage pins and brooches and other costume jewelry on display
Vintage pins and brooches and other costume jewelry on display

Book about vintage costume jewelry

Fabulous Fakes: A Passion for Vintage Costume Jewelry
Fabulous Fakes: A Passion for Vintage Costume Jewelry

Learn more about vintage costume jewelry.

In the beginning, much of it was made for folks who could not afford the real thing. Then it caught on and became sought after and collected.

 

Many of the vintage jewelry items were made as a set.

Lisner vintage jewelry set - light grey Abalone with rhinestones
Lisner vintage jewelry set - light grey Abalone with rhinestones

Looking to collect vintage jewelry ?

There is some here:
http://organicgiftsbydiana.ecrater.com/

Getting vintage jewelry (or anything) shipped usually also has a small handling fee to cover the packaging materials and Delivery Confirmation... added to the cost.

The Postal service is to be contacted if they damage or lose a package.

If you would like postal insurance on your package, it will cost extra - just ask your supplier to add and they will invoice you for the difference.

Please note:

Due to the nature of most products being hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind, and/or vintage - there will be NO refunds/exchanges/returns so please read the product descriptions very carefully, look at the photos and ask any questions to be sure of your purchase beforehand.

Vintage Pitman & Keeler overhand floral design with stones bracelet in sterling silver
Vintage Pitman & Keeler overhand floral design with stones bracelet in sterling silver

A vintage jewelry collection

This is just one of the many beauties that was in my Mom's vintage jewelry collection:

Vintage, almost antique, Pitman & Keeler overhand bracelet stamped "sterling" with an etched floral design and stones

Late Art Nouveau era design expansion Pitman & Keeler sterling overhand bracelet that starts at just over 5" and fits up to 9 inches, but of course would be more comfortable on a 5-8 inch wrist.

This pretty bracelet is about 1/2" wide.

The decorative, floral themed plate is about 1 1/2" long and has one diamond like stone and 6 sapphire like stones set into the sterling silver.

I am not a gemologist so I am listing this as just a pretty piece of jewelry history.

If, by chance, the stones are the real thing, then you are very welcome - enjoy the extra bonus. ...

http://vintagejewelrybygramz.ecrater.com/p/19735132/pitman-keeler-overhand-bracelet-in-sterling

You can also visit some of my vintage jewelry collector friends here.
You can also visit some of my vintage jewelry collector friends here.

A Vintage Jewelry group will be featuring this Vintage Jewelry page !

So exciting, our hard work in the Vintage Jewelry field has been noticed !

I have been honored to have this very lens about Vintage Jewelry collecting, care and tips... featured on the facebook page of the vintage jewelry collector's group - Vintage Jewelry Collectionary !.

Thanks again.

Organically Yours,

Diana

If you are local, or will be in our area, stop by our little gift shop to say "Hello !" as we like to meet other collectors.

Hubbard Ohio Gift Shop

6177 Youngstown-Hubbard Road

Hubbard, Ohio 44425

closed Monday and Tuesday

Open noon-5 on Wednesday and Sunday

Open 10-5 on Thursday, Friday and Saturday

vintage owl pin - Coro - lavender blue Aurora Borealis rhinestones on body - cabachon eyes
vintage owl pin - Coro - lavender blue Aurora Borealis rhinestones on body - cabachon eyes

Animal themed pins and other vintage jewelry...

...mostly vintage, but some new as well.

This one is a vintage owl pin by - Coro - lavender blue Aurora Borealis rhinestones on body - cabachon eyes - approx 2 inches high.

General timeline of vintage and antique eras/periods - by a fellow facebook vintage dealer group pal Daye Salander

She also blogs about, collects and deals in vintage and antique items. See her blog for more information:http://junkboxtreasures.com/blog/?p=337
She also blogs about, collects and deals in vintage and antique items. See her blog for more information: http://junkboxtreasures.com/blog/?p=337

Book about using the back of vintage jewelry to spot quality

Collecting Costume Jewelry 303: The Flip Side, Exploring Costume Jewelry from the Back, Identification and Value Guide
Collecting Costume Jewelry 303: The Flip Side, Exploring Costume Jewelry from the Back, Identification and Value Guide

Always look at the back of vintage jewelry. This guide tells you why and just what you can learn from the textures, marks and other clues !

 

Vintage Jewelry Guestbook - If you are ever in Hubbard, Ohio we'd love to meet other collectors !

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      Pam Irie 3 years ago from Land of Aloha

      I used to collect vintage jewelry also and gave it all to my daughter last year (with the exception of some old dress clips that were gifted to me by my father before he died.) You have a LOT of lovely pieces! If I ever get to Ohio, I need to check out your store!

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      Diana Burrell-Shipton 3 years ago from Hubbard, Ohio, USA

      @Pam Irie: Thank you very much for visiting my vintage jewelry lens ! I hope your daughter appreciates the treasure that you gave her :) Yes, if you do get out this way, let me know.

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      there are some stunning pieces here :)

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      Diana Burrell-Shipton 3 years ago from Hubbard, Ohio, USA

      @Brite-Ideas: Thank you ! There are SO many of them that I would love to keep, but we have to pay the bills somehow - and I couldn't possibly wear it all anyway ;)

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      Linda Hoxie 3 years ago from Idaho

      I love vintage jewelry too, lovely lens!

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      Diana Burrell-Shipton 3 years ago from Hubbard, Ohio, USA

      @ArtByLinda: Great minds think alike - we love vintage jewelry ! Thank you for your kind words on this lens. I worked very hard on it :)

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      Rose Jones 3 years ago

      Awesome and gorgeous lens - wow are you all creative. Bookmarked and linked to my own lens: http://www.squidoo.com/birthstone-guide so it will be easier for me to remember where to get this jewelry. :)

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      Diana Burrell-Shipton 3 years ago from Hubbard, Ohio, USA

      @Gypzeerose: Thank you ! Wow, we jewelry folks are awesome :)

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I have several rhinestone pieces my Mom left. One is a star brooch, which I have actually worn and gotten many compliments. She also gave me several other pieces I won't part with. I'm sure someday, my daughters will probably get rid of it all, but not just yet! :-D

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      Diana Burrell-Shipton 3 years ago from Hubbard, Ohio, USA

      @Nancy Hardin: I'm sure they'll be a few pieces that they will want to keep :)

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      Sandy Mertens 2 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Just love the vintage jewelry.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 2 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I don't wear much jewelry but do love the Vintage pieces especially if they have a good story to go with them

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      Diana Burrell-Shipton 2 years ago from Hubbard, Ohio, USA

      I do as well.

      I love to try to find out the history of each piece if possible. It's like solving a beautiful puzzle :)

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      Diana Burrell-Shipton 2 years ago from Hubbard, Ohio, USA

      I used to wear it, but honestly I get so busy that I forget all about it until I'm out and then it's too late - LOL

      And yes, trying to solve the mystery of each piece can be half of the fun :)

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      Susanna Duffy 2 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      These items of vintage jewellery are certainly lovely, Wish I had the 'plane fare to visit your shop!

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      Virginia Allain 2 years ago from Central Florida

      I have a few vintage pieces from my mother. They are distinctive.

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      Diana Burrell-Shipton 2 years ago from Hubbard, Ohio, USA

      Vintage jewelry that is in good shape is getting harder to come by so hang on to it and treasure it.

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      Diana Burrell-Shipton 2 years ago from Hubbard, Ohio, USA

      Thank you !

      Oh yes, seeing them in person is wonderful. So many sparkles and colors... :)

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      Mary Norton 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Lovely collection. I love the abalone you displayed here. It's beautiful. I would rather buy vintage than new.

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      Diana Burrell-Shipton 2 years ago from Hubbard, Ohio, USA

      Thank you ! Yes, Mom's collection is so beautiful.

      I too love vintage !

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      Anne Harrison 2 years ago from Australia

      I'm impressed you have the strength of will to sell the pieces and not keep them! They look lovely

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      Diana Burrell-Shipton 2 years ago from Hubbard, Ohio, USA

      LOL - It sure is very difficult to sell them. But Mom had such a huge collection as she collected and sold for over 50 years and Daddy needs some room in his house :)

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      Diana Burrell-Shipton 9 months ago from Hubbard, Ohio, USA

      Eugene Joseff’s Jewelry Tips:

      *If you want to acquire a collection, start with a brooch because you will find the most use for it. It can be pinned on a suit lapel, collar or pocket…on a hat, a belt, or an evening gown. Remember, gold can be worn with more things than silver and topaz is a good stone that looks smart with almost every type of costume.

      *Earrings should be the next jewelry investment. They also have many uses. You can wear them on your hat, cuffs, shoes, as well as on your ears.

      *A ring comes next in your collection and I’d suggest finding a bold ring with a large stone…something massive and distinctive. A bracelet and a necklace come last in importance because they can so seldom be worn with all your costumes or for all occasions.

      *Keep in mind that jewelry is an accent that draws the eye. With a necklace, earrings and hat or hair ornament, the eye is forced to encircle your face. If you have lovely hands, a bracelet or ring will draw attention to them. A belt buckle, or a pin worn at the waistline, will make people notice a slender waist … Just be careful to put one important piece of jewelry in one area, to focus attention there.

      We have so much from which to choose either in our Hubbard Ohio Gift Shop at 6177 Youngstown-Hubbard Road and a smaller selection in our online shop called VintageJewelryByGramz found on ecrater.

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