There is always so much to look at when seeking a piece of vintage costume jewellery. Whether it’s a google search or at a market, investing a touch of your time, developing an idea of what’s collectable will put you in a solid position to make a good choice for yourself or as a gift.
Watching the HFV buying trends over the last few years, it’s exciting to see bold vintage costume jewellery pick up in choice and pace. Particularly pieces from the late 70s onwards. We all know Chanel, YSL and Christian Dior. We also know how expensive these pieces can be and how the marketplace is littered with fakes. Particularly, from the 90s. However, there are other beautiful vintage costume jewellery names you can look out for that won’t feel like such a dent in your wallet and are just as striking.
Here are my top three..
Why? I’ve always found Trifari jewels timeless, exquisite, and exciting. Particularly pieces dating from the 1930s to the 1960s. This is due to the visionary, chief designer Alfred Philippe, who came from a time working for Cartier and Van Cleef and Arpels. Pictured, 1970s interchangeable earring set by Trifari.
How much? Prices range from $45 to over $1,000.
How easy is it to source Trifari? A simple google search will bring up many thousands of results. Here at HFV, I curate pieces that integrate seamlessly with contemporary clothing trends. If a vintage jewellery dealer is claiming it’s Trifari, make sure it’s signed. There are loads of reproductions from the 90s.
Why? Monet pieces can look like they were designed and manufactured today. That’s how well they’ve stood the test of time. Post WWII, Monet took up popularity with working women who were drawn to their classic designs. Highly sought after by vintage enthusiasts worldwide, pieces dating from the 1960s are HFV’s favourites. Pictured, 1980s Monet necklace.
How much? Anywhere from $29 to $250.
How easy is it to source? Again, a simple google search will bring up many results. At HFV, I like pieces dating from the 1960s onwards. If a vintage jewellery dealer is claiming it’s Monet, make sure it’s signed. There are, again, loads of reproductions from the 90s.
FACT: Did you know, in the 1980s, Monet was commissioned by YSL to produce their costume jewellery collections.
Why? Stunning, sophisticated modernist designs. All signed and dated by year. Completely timeless and a fantastic vintage investment. Grosse was founded in the early 20th century and produced costume jewellery for the European and American markets. Pictured, 1970s necklace by Grosse
How much? $100 upwards.
How easy is it to source? No, not as widely available as Trifari and Monet. Reputable vintage costume jewellery dealers will have Grosse pieces (at times) in their collection. Sign up to their newsletter to keep an eye out.
FACT: Did you know, Grosse designed and produced jewellery collections for the Christian Dior boutiques up until the late 1970s.
Trifari, Monet and Grosse are all, equally wonderful 20th century costume jewellers. Wearing vintage costume jewellery can give your everyday appearance such a lift. The best way to keep up with all the latest HFV finds is via the HFV newsletter. If you’re not already a subscriber, sign up here and receive 10% off your first purchase.