The same goes for Handmade gifts over store-bought ones, too. Wouldn't it be nice to give one-of-a-kind gifts to the ones you love?
Vintage jewelry runs the gamut from primitive to ultra-sophisticated, from Victorian and Art Deco to Mid-Century Modern. Many pieces are from companies that are no longer in business and with the value of gold and silver these days, buying vintage can even be an investment. And you would not believe what some artisans are doing with broken bits and pieces of old jewelry - their newly-made creations are just stunning! I tried my hand at upcycling some antique jewelry pieces into new, fun and funky necklaces like this one:
It was fun, but also frustrating and perplexing at times. I am not a jewelry designer, my workshop is not equipped or stocked well enough to do many pieces, and I have decided that I really don't want to pursue this avenue of creating. The few pieces I made were enough to put that into perspective. As Forest Gump said, "That's good. One less thing!" Still I had so many broken pieces and wonderful odds and ends, as well as nice vintage pieces, I decided it would be best to list them in my Etsy shop and let the real designers have them, so that's what I've done for several days now. I still have some things left to take photos of and get listed, but most of the really good rhinestone, glass, and other pieces are available now. Take a look at this awesome Art Deco necklace in black and white glass - it is stupendous!
I look in the department stores and all the costume jewelry begins to look alike -- or it seems so cheaply made. Let's shop vintage for our holiday jewelry this year! Are you with me? Tell me what you think!