One thing I’ve noticed over the years of collecting is how easy it is to develop a shorthand for various pieces, whether it’s simply in my own head or when I’m talking about it to another person. I suppose there’s various reasons behind that, aside from it’s far easier to say Dynasty Pin than Vintage Large Pin with Huge Teardrop stones. Or, “you know, that brooch with the big rhinestones.”
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.