My Favorite Time of Year

As both a collector and dealer I look forward to this season...the Hustle and Bustle is just so exciting! I hear time and time again that it's most fun to gift and treasure hunt from the comfort of your own home. I myself feel that way!

Often times dealers will keep special stock ready in the wings to flood their shops with new inventory. This can include but is not limited to Religious and Seasonal/Holiday themes. This affords opportunity for collectors to take advantage of browsing fresh new pieces that have been just waiting to be revealed.

For shop owners this is a great time of year to meet new clients, while showing those valued repeat buyers you appreciate their time and consideration. It's also a time when current inventory may be deeply discounted to close out the year with more sales.

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Care of Antique and Vintage Costume Jewelry


Cleaning older costume jewelry requires special care and over the years, I have learned some important lessons, sometimes the hard way on what not to do! Costume jewelry is more fragile than fine jewelry and the utmost attention should be taken in the cleaning process and the decision of the best method to undertake cleaning or leaving the jewelry as found.

The Exceptional Beauty of Har Jewelry

The first piece of HAR jewelry I ever held was a comical, almost cartoon looking woman. New to selling costume jewelry, I began my research and was surprised to find that this little figural pin which I assumed was a $25 piece was actually valued at over $100. Needless to say I was intrigued. Since that time I have had the privilege to have many HAR pieces in our shop on Ruby Lane.

What is a Marquise Cut ?

There are many cuts of rhinestones and other stones used in the manufacture of vintage jewelry. Each one has its own name and in some cases, a history which goes along with the name. One of my favorite shapes is the marquise cut.

If you sell vintage jewelry on Ruby Lane or any other site, it is good to educate yourself with the terminology of the various shapes. It helps to educate your buyers and sets you apart as a knowledgeable seller as well.

Guilt Free Indulgence: Fine Jewelry

With consumer confidence waning as it tends to do when the economy is down or there is political unrest (the US federal government shutdown definitely qualifies) discussions generally turn to preserving wealth and tightening one's belt to conserve. 'Real money' aka gold has started to become a hot topic again and with prices having retracted to 2010 figures it is looking more and more attractive.

Costume Jewelry Information

I oftentimes get a bit irate when I find a beautiful piece of jewelry and can find absolutely no information anywhere about the piece. Of course, when a piece is not signed, that is usually the case. But sometimes there are factors that can help identify an early piece by a designer or company that didn't mark or "sign" their pieces. That is what is called, Identifying by Style. And there are some very good reference books that give the indicators for those pieces.

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