Costume jewelry is the best thing in the world. If you are a collector or are looking to start, its one of the easiest collections to get into! I'm going to post a few of my favorite pieces currently in the store, and talk about not only how to find if a piece is 'marked', but also things to check for when buying costume jewelry.
This beauty is a real stunner. It is marked on the back of the overlay of rhinestones. This particular piece is a Weiss. Weiss is known for large and clear rhinestones. In this case, clear means the appearance of the stone. What is important to look at on pieces that are primarily rhinestone, is the clarity of each stone. Over time, they can achieve a sort of cloudy appearance. One or two of these types of rhinestones can ruin the brilliance and value of a piece.This necklace is marked at $75.
On to the last item. These earrings came with a matching necklace, which has already sold. What was interesting, was that though the earrings were marked, the necklace was not. This is another issue to think about. Just because the piece isn't marked, doesn't mean its worthless. A great piece is a great piece, even if it isn't marked. Back to the earrings. With earrings, you will often find the marking behind the clip. These particular earrings are marked Schreiner on the backside of the clip. An important thing to look for when you are thinking about buying earrings is that the clips are both still tight. Over time, some clips can get 'sprung', and therefore can no longer hold tightly against your ear. This pair is priced at $30.
I hope that this brief lesson in costume jewelry helped you know what to look for when you are on the hunt! As always, if you are interested in anything on here, give us a shout on Facebook, or call us at 859.260.1578. See you all next week!