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Every day we see an incredible number of new designers, brands and the diversity of the modern fashion industry. At the same time, interest in vintage jewelry does not wane, but rather intensifies. If you have never been to flea markets, have not seen antiques, then distinguishing how real the jewelry is is quite difficult. There is simply nothing to compare it with. Seeing once a real vintage jewelry, in the future it will not be difficult to guess that you are holding a real treasure or a production of modern China.

Below I give tips that will help you navigate this variety by indirect signs, even if you do not see this jewelry live and saw it on the Internet.

If you know what jewelry labeling is and you are pretty good at navigating names and stamps, but you still have questions regarding identification, then the tips below will help you.

If you are just starting out and don’t know what markings are, then look at the materials for each brand “Jewelry History”.

You should understand the difference between Christian Dior’s successful find on the European flea market for 50 euros and the offer of collectible jewelry such as Trifari 1940s (for example, crowns, Jelly Belly, hyacinths and others) for $ 100- $ 150 from sellers in your city. Not a single knowledgeable seller will sell jewelry below the value declared by experts, unless it is selling a large collection at once.

To assess the cost of jewelry, you must have information about supply and demand. Carefully approach the issue of buying expensive collectible jewelry; price is one of the key factors in evaluating authenticity.


Often sellers mark jewelry as a "book piece", which means that the jewelry is published in one of the catalogs of vintage jewelry. It is believed that the decoration published in the book has a much better investment attractiveness, as recognized by experts as an important piece of the history of costume jewelry of the last century.

Catalogs are also very important for understanding the authenticity of jewelry. For example, the famous dragon Butler & Wilson was issued only with red eyes, while the Internet offers this brooch with green eyes, such a brooch can be safely considered a copy, and not the original vintage jewelry. The same goes for the Peacock Boucher, Hattie Carnegie birds and many other favorite designs. Therefore, if you are serious about meeting your own significant collection, I recommend getting books that I use myself - a list of books with cover photos and purchase links on

If you just like the product and you don’t care what era it belongs to, then buying a copy is not so scary. The main thing to realize that this is a copy, a reproduction. Like Monet's water lilies, which are not the same, but just a picture printed from the Internet.

The meaning of the concept

The concept of "vintage" comes from the history of French winemaking. It used to be called exquisite wine, which was very much appreciated and incredibly expensive. The term itself can be interpreted in different ways. Firstly, the process of grape selection for elite varieties of wine was called that. Secondly, the elite wine itself.

In the future, the concept of "vintage" was fixed to any refined and expensive thing, sometimes rare, that is, very, very rare.

The concept appeared in the middle of the XX century, but became widespread only at the beginning of the XXI century. So vintage is rare, sophisticated, elite. This is the initial understanding of the term. We will meet with another a little later.

The main characteristic of vintage

In addition to the elements that belong to the fashion of the First World War and until the end of the 90s of the XX century, the vintage style is particularly elegant, restrained, laconic. The main characteristic is the age of a thing - at least 20 years. The most valuable are copies made not in a streaming version, but in a single number, unique and inimitable. And better - handmade. So, another understanding of the term: vintage is unique, unique, inimitable.

In addition, the basis of a thing, its historical component, must necessarily remain unchanged. Vintage is not a fake, but a truly designer work of art.

Fashion and vintage

In modern fashion, trends are increasingly gaining strength, turning us to the past in history and art. The "vintage" style in fashion as a trend is associated with the use of stylistic elements, details, materials, even technology, which were used in creating clothing models in past centuries for different segments of the population when creating modern clothes models. Moreover, a clear time period is determined: from 1914 to the 1990s.

It is possible to conditionally divide the fashion of "vintage" into several directions according to their characteristic features.

Firstly, the style of the 1920s: furs, hats with a veil, a closed collar at the blouse, a shiny fringed dress. Materials for this direction: silk, satin, velvet, soft, plastic, flowing, emphasizing the flexibility and seductiveness of forms. Type, prototype: Marlene Dietrich.

Secondly, the fashion of the 40s: jackets and dresses with shoulders and accentuated waist, flared dress with a length to the middle of the lower leg, small hats (sometimes with veils). The lines are simple and geometric. Strictness and conciseness of the image. Reminds a military cut.

Prototype: military uniform.

Thirdly, fashionable of the 50s: bodices (often without shoulder straps), corsets, high-heeled shoes. The image is complemented by bright red lipstick. The main idea is the idea of ​​freedom, relaxedness, brightness of personality.

Fourth, the fashion of the 60s, creating diverse and vivid images reminiscent of styles: bright colors, steady heels, a simple cut of dresses: flared and a-line, club blazer blazers are used. The style of minimalism and conciseness.

Fifth, the style of the 70s: flared and loose-fitting trousers and jeans, shirts, stable shoes with high wedges, etc. A fashion that is akin to eclecticism. The fashion of freedom of expression and self-awareness, individual freedom from society.

Styles cannot be mixed: all things in the image, hair, makeup and accessories should belong to the same historical era. The internal component makes the image complete, when the person who tried on the image, penetrated through the aroma and sensation of the era, became harmonious with it. At the same time, a new, fresh stream, introduced into the image, is welcomed.

Vintage and decoration

It is the sophisticated, and sometimes even eccentric details and accessories that make the model and image vintage. Particularly valuable jewelry is what your mothers and grandmothers wore.

But even if you want to prove yourself as a designer in the "vintage" style, then this is easy or at least inexpensive.

For example, for the style of the 70s. you can make vintage jewelry yourself: learn how to weave a variety of baubles-bracelets from a yarn string, drag a head over the forehead with a braid in the form of a “pigtail”, “flagellum”, decorating your temples with tassels, or use a leather strap or plastic lace. You can decorate your neck with the same cord or strap. And to attach to it in the form of a keychain a stylized "razor-blade."

You can walk around flea markets - sometimes you can buy a very unique vintage item for very little money. You can do it yourself according to the sketches that have been preserved, and photos in old magazines from libraries. To create vintage jewelry in modern art stores, various elements and materials are sold. They can be used in a variety of techniques: patina, crackle, decoupage, which help artificially “age” a vintage thing.

Vintage art and design.

A special role is given to vintage things in the design of bags and everyday life.

Bags are an important component of the image we create. The most appropriate models are: reticule, bag, Chanel bag, briefcase, pear bag. To create them, a variety of materials from the past are used: genuine leather, textiles, velvet, silk and brocade, fur. As decoration materials: beads, large beads made of plastic and glass, buttons, logos, sometimes simple or complex stitching, metal plates, etc.

As for the vintage in the interior, here, on the contrary, it is supposed to use a combination of things from different eras, among which there must certainly be old things, maybe not valuable then, but made of good materials and reflecting the era, as well as attracting the attention of their unusual. Often "reanimated" things may not be used for their intended purpose. So, in this case, the interior in the term “vintage” is an interior where elements and materials of several styles are successfully mixed.

The color of such an interior is usually restrained: muffled, “dusty” colors, monochrome, lack of contrasts. The choice of materials depends on the idea: the most unthinkable combinations are possible. In general, the "image" of the situation should be a little "shaggy", but always cozy and soothing.

Vintage and art

In this case, vintage is a piece of decorative art, made in the style of the historical periods indicated above, or created in those days and miraculously preserved. A special place in the arts and crafts is given to vintage dolls, which have recently become a common collectible. They are also used for interior decoration.

For the manufacture of vintage dolls, different materials are used: wood, fabric, porcelain, metal, plastic, celluloid, etc. These dolls have a special "humanity", children's naivety and soulfulness. No less interesting are other vintage toys.

Now there are a lot of exhibitions devoted to the history of toys and dolls, where you can see how they looked at different periods of development of the toy industry in different countries. And by their authentic costumes to learn the features of the history of fashion.

Particular attention is drawn to antique watches, desktop ink devices and calendars, fireplace figurines, painted dishes and samovars, as well as items in the style of folk crafts: weaving from birch bark and bast, wood and stone carving, embroidery and lace weaving, etc.

How to distinguish vintage from junk? A vintage thing is rare, unique, unusual, attracting attention with some zest, and not just an old thing created in the 20th century.