I wanted to expand a bit on the theme of people not knowing (or caring) what they have in their jewelry boxes or when they see a bunch of glitter in a case in an antique mall or shop, or sadly, when a friend or relative passes away and no one wants “old-fashioned” jewelry. We are now at a point in time where people who were born before 2001 are from another century. For those of us who were born in that century, it often makes us think of the 1800s and the Industrial Revolution and no indoor plumbing.
In which the question designer signed vs unsigned is discussed...
For many people, the beginning of a collection or a fascination with vintage costume jewelry begins with seeing what you like or what intrigues you, and kind of going on that. Somewhere along the line, you hear someone say that they only buy signed pieces and after you figure out that it means marked with a designer name, that sounds like a good idea. After all, if you like it and it’s a designer piece, it must be better, right? And worth more, too. Welcome to vintage costume jewelry Chutes and Ladders! Or down the rabbit hole, or the place where time stops.
I enjoy seeing contemporary ads for the jewelry I see or covet, and most of the time what they are selling is glamour and the notion of being someone special. Not so different from today. In fifty or seventy years from now, will people see the jewelry we buy new now in the same way?
That question can be seem as a statement of fervor and joy, in which case you're going to be there for awhile (explaining how your interest began and what you have and what your favorite piece is and why) or it's a question that perhaps you're new to seeing this world, and ask yourself --because you don't get what all the energy and excitement is about.
At first, all that mattered was the sparkle. Did you feel like a princess? Did it go with an outfit? Maybe it was in the design of your favorite flower, or it was perhaps just so odd that you had to have it.