Posted in Fashion, Holidays, Jewelry

by Pamela Wiggins

Unique, fun, and timelessly collectible – that’s vintage costume jewelry. So why haven’t you thought about a vintage jewelry gift yet?

It’s not too late to select something by thinking outside the proverbial gift box. Shopping vintage can also be an affordable alternative to retail jewelry options, especially for designer goods, and the quality is often better in comparison than newer pieces. Most of all, vintage jewelry offers a creative gift-giving option that shows you really put some thought into what get the special people in your life.

1940's statement set with necklace and bracelet.

1940’s statement set with necklace and bracelet.


Know a lady who thinks bold is better? How about someone who has a unique sense of personal style? Vintage costume jewelry offers an array of gift-giving options for anyone you know who likes donning accessories that are out of the ordinary.

Look for unique strands of oversized beads, faux pearls, and chunky chains you won’t find anywhere else. Think about a dramatic brooch for adding some flair to a jacket or sweater. Wide cuff bracelets are also an option for decorating an eye-catching wrist. And when all else fails, do a search for statement necklaces and pick out something fabulous in her favorite color.

Hint: You can never go wrong with names like Iradj Moini or Lawrence Vrba when it comes to selecting a bold, beautiful gift.

Chanel pink poured glass brooch.

Chanel pink poured glass brooch.


This is the girl who loves her couture and isn’t afraid to show it. Whether it’s a pair of designer logo earrings, a glitzy brooch by a haute house, or a bracelet worthy of name dropping she’ll wear forever, these high-end gifts are always a hit with her.

Think you can’t afford to lavish her with vintage luxury goods? Think again. Shopping for next-to-new designer costume jewelry can be far less expensive compared to buying a piece at a pricey department store or designer boutique at retail.

Browse online for Chanel logo earrings in original vintage velvet-lined boxes for stylish gift giving choices. Look for dated vintage brooches by Dior from the 1950s and ‘60s, which were made in very limited runs, to snag a very exclusive gift for the fashionable lady in your life.

Other names she’ll know and love include Yves Saint Laurent, Lanvin, and Oscar de la Renta, so keep those search terms in mind, too. Even the hard to impress divas on your list will be wowed with your gifting prowess.

Vintage working roulette cufflinks in original box.

Vintage working roulette cufflinks in original box.


Don’t forget the fashion-minded and professional guys you know when it comes to vintage holiday gifts of the jewelry variety. From tie tacks to cufflinks to collar pins, you can lavish all those dapper gents who like to look their unique best with vintage accessories, too.

Shopping for cufflinks is extra fun when you discover an array of themes ranging from equestrian to thespian to really cool pairs with moving parts in every material imaginable – like the working roulette pair shown here any gambler would gladly don for good luck. Think timeless sterling silver for classic office attire, or bold rhinestones from the 1960s for a fun night out on the town. The options are virtually endless so much fun to shop for ranging from snazzy antique designs to kitschy Mid-Century links.

You can easily take this gift-giving notion a bit further and couple a great pair of cufflinks with a French cuff dress shirt in his look-best hue. Or, shop for a quirky tie that suits him perfectly (again, think vintage) to go with that special old tie bar and collar pin set you hunted down just for him.


Pot metal Scotty dog brooch with pave' rhinestones.

Pot metal Scotty dog brooch with pave’ rhinestones.

Are you really thinking about another “world’s greatest” gift again? It doesn’t matter whether you’re buying for your kid’s teacher or the neighbor who feeds your fish while you’re away, you can seriously do better than that.

A stylish rhinestone-studded apple brooch is an affordable alternative to that same old coffee mug for your child’s favorite teacher. Your dog-loving neighbor (or the crazy cat lady down the block) will adore a pin featuring her favorite breed as a thank you gift. Even your best friend would love a vintage jewelry surprise like a clever charm bracelet or pair of dangle earrings with some crystal sparkle.

Instead of waiting till the last minute and grabbing whatever you can find, again, cozy up with a cup of something tasty and shop online for that perfect vintage costume jewelry gift.

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