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About Past Perfection Vintage Costume Jewelry

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I respond to all orders within 24 hours, usually sooner. All items are guaranteed to be authentic vintage pieces and in great condition so you will love them and return to my shop again and again.

About Us

Welcome to Past Perfection Vintage Costume Jewelry! I have been a collector of costume jewelry since the early 1980s and an on-line seller for 22 years. In my first years as a dealer I had a case in an antique mall but found I liked selling on-line so opened up my own web site and then opened my Ruby Lane shop in 2006.

As a long-time collector of the jewelry made by DeLizza & Elster, commonly called Juliana jewelry, I love to put together sets and parures and at Past Perfection, you may find the perfect piece to complete one of yours.

The pieces I list in my Ruby Lane shop are all hand-picked for quality, desirability and condition and it is my hope you will love wearing them as much as I loved finding them! I spend hours every weekend, sometimes on the road as early as 4:00 a.m. to purchase these treasures. I do not buy on-line or box lots because I like to inspect my items carefully in person to make sure the condition meets my standards.

I have been a long-standing and proud member of jewelry organizations such as Jewel Collect, CJCI (Costume Jewelry Collectors International) and Discovering Juliana Jewelry, all of which promoted the education of vintage costume jewelry in its many forms and eras. I own 78 jewelry reference books. Many pieces sold here and in my own collection have been featured in some of these reference books. In addition, it was my collection of DeLizza and Elster jewelry that brought it to the attention of collectors. I also was the person who "found" Frank DeLizza and have been friends with the D's for many years.

Items added daily to my Ruby Lane shop. I combine items for savings on shipping.

Please note: due to an increasing number of customers who do not follow through with their purchase orders and who do not give me the courtesy of responding to my email inquiring if they want to cancel their order, I am blocking these customers. This means the customer will not be able to purchase from my shop and may not be able to purchase from other shop owners who have their blocking capabilities set at a certain level. I have been reluctant to do this but the discourtesy of these buyers makes it necessary.

Please Note: Ruby Lane must charge sales tax on items purchased by customers in most states. The states are listed below in the section "Sales Tax" and are at this time the states of AR AZ CA CO CT GA HI IA IL IN KS KY LA MA MD ME MI MN NC NE NJ NM NV NY OH OK PA RI SC TX UT VA VT WA WI WV DC. This list will no doubt change as the remaining states require Ruby Lane to collect the sales tax.

SHIPPING TO INTERNATIONAL COUNTRIES. Orders to the following countries cannot be insured through InsurePost/ShipSaver: The following countries are NOT covered by this insurance! B. Shipments sent to Afghanistan, Angola, Bolivia, Burma, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Republic of the Congo, Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Ivory Coast (Cote d’Ivoire), Liberia, Nigeria, North Korea, Paraguay, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Venezuela. Any location that would be in violation of any U.S. economic or trade sanctions including OFAC Restricted Countries.

For shipments to Russia and other Commonwealth of Independent States countries (includes Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan) coverage ceases upon touchdown of the aircraft at the airport of destination or upon discharge from the overseas vessel at the destination discharge port. (This list is subject to change.)

PLEASE NOTE: Tracking is required for orders to be insured. This means that international orders will need to be sent Priority Mail or the customer agrees to take the risk that a package will not be covered in case of loss, theft or damage. This has never happened to one of my customers but there is always a chance one of those situations will arise.

If your country is on this list, Priority Mail generally insures orders up to $200. Or, if the order is smaller or you don't want to use Priority Mail, you could use your credit card to send me funds through Western Union. These items, of course, will be mailed at your risk since they will not be insured.

I do, of course, ship to legitimate mail forwarding companies in the U.S.

SHIPPING TO AUSTRALIA. At this time the U.S. Postal System is only mailing items paid with the most expensive shipping (Priority Express) to Australia, due to Covid and weather related problems. Please check the USPS web site for more details. I found this out because Ruby Lane and PayPal did not alert me; I mailed an order and when it arrived in the Miami international shipping point, it was returned to me. My customer and I were very disappointed.
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