I’ve dabbled with purchasing vintage clothing online. After finding a few resources I felt I could trust, I cautiously entered this new world. When I’m lucky enough to find something great that suits me, I feel like I’ve scored the jackpot. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve seen a few of my favorites. Chanel jackets from Kern 1 and bags from Rice and Beans Vintage. ReSee is another site I browse frequently but have yet not purchased anything.
Taking this love for old, gently used pieces extends to jewelry. Years ago, as in decades, I frequented antique shows and could rarely resist a look through any of the stalls with estate jewelry. I picked up a few beautiful pieces along the way. With jewelry, I’m not as interested in pedigree or designer as I am with clothing and bags. I just like pieces that speak to me.
The benefits of shopping vintage jewelry are many. An appreciation for craftsmanship and design is rewarded in spades. Just look at the detail in the setting of the pink coral ring above or the delicate etching on the gold hoops. These are rare finds. Plus, pieces created like this today would cost three times or more than a vintage item.
I’ve not ventured to antique shows in awhile, so perusing auction house catalogs has replaced this mini obsession. Live Auctioneers, Fortuna and Hindman are three I like. It’s a bit of a gamble since all sales are final, but the treasure hunt is fun.
Baroque Rocks Prasiolite Ring
Haute Victoire re-worked vintage Mother of Pearl Necklace
Pragnell Vintage (1714-1830) Georgian Agate Cameo Ring
Fortuna Auction Gold Etched Hoop Earrings
Fortuna Auction 18K Gold Link Bracelet
Fortuna Auction 25 Carat Pink Coral Ring