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Last Updated on April 15, 2022 by Mark P.

Are you looking for accessories that glitter and sparkle, making you look like an elegant star? Do you want to “wow” your friends and family with your fashion choices, without spending a fortune on expensive jewelry? It turns out that you can!

Not only is costume jewelry a growing trend, but it is also a stylish and affordable way to accessorize. This might lead you to ask questions like: what is it, and why is it so cheap? Will people be able to tell that it’s not real? Why would I choose costume jewelry over “real” jewelry? Is it an economical option?

We’ve answered all of these questions (and more) below!

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Jewelry Vintage Antique Rings Costume Cocktail Fashion Lot of 16 gold silver

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6 c Vintage Costume Jewelry Gypsy Ring Lot Gold tone Faux stone Signed

$19.49
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Jewelry Vintage Antique Rings Costume Cocktail Fashion Lot of 16

$50
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vintage costume jewelry rings

$5
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Mystery Mixed RING LOT OF 50! Wholesale Rings Costume Jewelry Street Vintage

$22.95
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Vintage Costume Jewelry - Fun of Collecting 3rd Ed - Trifari, Rhinestone & More

$29.95
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NEW UNOPENED VINTAGE RARE Heavy Disney Mickey Costume Jewelry Belt 30" long!!

$20
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Lot of 31vintage & Fashion & Costume Earings & jewelry NEW NWT! Free S&h!

$15.5
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New Old Stock Vintage Designer Costume Jewelry Liz Claiborne Earrings Lot of 6

$22.4
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vintage costume jewelry gold tone heart locket necklace & earring set with roses

$25
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vintage costume jewelry rings

$10
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Vintage CROWN TRIFARI Silver Tone Light Blue WATERFALL Necklace & Earring Set

$99.99
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Vintage Estate Costume Jewelry 76 piece Necklace Lot Trafari, Glorious others

$19.95
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Vintage Lot Designer Signed Fashion Costume Jewelry Wearable NWT

$12.99
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70 VINTAGE KIDS / WOMANS - COSTUME JEWELRY Dime Store 5 & 10 Lot $12.99 Sale

$12.99
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Costume Vintage To Modern - Multi Color Beads-3# Martini Glass Necklace

$3.75
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20: Vintage Biagi Necklaces Letter "P" Gold Tone Costume Jewelry Wholesale Lot

$15.95
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54+ Pieces New Packaged Vintage To New Costume Jewelry Lot

$43.75
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28 Pc Vintage Costume Jewelry Lot Wearable Beaded New Used Y2K 90s Mix Match

$39.99
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Lot of 10 Assorted Mixed Bracelets Costume Jewelry Beads NOS

$24.95
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Lot of 10 Assorted Mixed Bracelets Costume Jewelry Beads NOS

$24.95
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Lot of 10 Assorted Mixed Bracelets Costume Jewelry Beads NOS

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Lot of 5 Assorted Mixed Bracelets Costume Jewelry Beads NOS

$19.95
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Lot of 10 Assorted Mixed Bracelets Costume Jewelry Beads NOS

$24.95
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Lot of Vintage Costume Jewelry Earrings, Neclaces, Pins New & Used

$19.99
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LOT OF VINTAGE/NOW COSTUME JEWELRY CUTE HALLOWEEN JEWLERY pins earring necklace

$19.99
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Vintage Costume Jewelry Lot, some signed

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VINTAGE COSTUME JEWELRY LOT of 3 Long Chain Necklaces 38”, 40”, 42” Gold Tone

$45
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Clip On Earrings Vintage Raeco Costume Jewelry Brushed Gold Tone Disco Glamour

$9.5
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Super Lot Of Vintage And Antique Costume Jewelry Super Lot

$6.4
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Vintage Star Power E.T. ET Elliott Earring Lot Of 3 Costume Jewelry NEW L@@K

$19.99
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Big Lot ALL NEW Costume Jewelry Vintage to Modern Miriam Haskell, Monet Others

$149.99
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Vintage Necklace Beaded White & Purple Multi-Strand Costume Jewelry

$18.99
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Vintage costume and handmade jewelry lot 10 Christmas

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Clip On Earrings Vintage Raeco Costume Jewelry Black Star Fish Disco Glamour

$12.66
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Vintage Fashion Costume Jewelry Lot Royalty Theme NIP 26 Pieces

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Vintage Signed Costume 12 pc. Jewelry Lot

$10.99
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💎🔴Red🔴💎Costume Jewelry (2pc.) | Faux vintage Earings and braclet 

$14.99
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Vintage Costume Jewelry Lot 23 Pcs Estate 70s 80s 90's 2000's some NWT 2 lbs

$49.99
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Costume Jewelry Lot Collection VTG Necklace Set Earrings SOME NEW W TAGS 38 pc

$27.5
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Costume Jewelry Lot Craft Jewelry Repair Wear Bracelets

$6.98
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90's VTG Claires Costume Jewelry 3 Set's Flower Earrings 9014-3

$10.99
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Vintage 90s Gold Plated #1 Mom Charm Necklace Costume Jewelry Heart Shape Charm

$14.99
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Costume Fashion Jewelry Lot of 8 Bracelets Mixed Styles

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VTG NWT 2000'S SONOMA SHADES OF BROWN BEADED NECKLACE - COSTUME JEWELRY

$18.99
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VINTAGE LOT OF COSTUME JEWELRY WITH ORIGINAL BOXES. VINTAGE JEWELRY.

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Vintage Lot of 20 Pairs of Wearable Pierced Earrings Costume Jewelry

$7.7
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Vtg Costume Jewelry Wood Earrings Necklace New Lot Cat Giraffe Wooden Novelty

$32.22
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Vintage costume estate jewelry lot bulk southwestern Native American 2 lbs +

$7500
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💎ESTATE VINTAGE TO NOW COSTUME JEWELRY LOT 20 Pc NO JUNK NECKLACE BROOCH EAR💎

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Vintage Costume Jewelry for Sale

What is Vintage Costume Jewelry?

Costume jewelry is merely necklaces, bracelets, rings, or earrings made of imitation jewels instead of the real (or “fine”) thing. Costume jewelry was initially made out of cheaper gemstones like rhinestones and lucite, with bands of pewter, nickel, and brass. Costume jewelry can also be called “trinkets”, “fashion jewelry”, and “junk jewelry”. Though it is is often called “fake” and “junk”, costume jewelry is not junk and provides options for people who aren’t willing to pay full price for a gem.

History of Vintage Costume Jewelry

Costume or “fake” jewelry tracks back to the 18th century but became a trend in the 20th when lower classes tried to imitate the wealthy. In 1792, a French man created a gem out of glass, which came immediately popular among the higher class, and therefore starting the trend of costume jewelry. In 1882, the first Swarovski crystal was created by Daniel Swarovski, forever changing the world of gemstones and jewelry.

Thanks to the roaring twenties and the prevalence of a Ms. Coco Chanel, costume jewelry made a comeback. The style was wearing many long and affordably priced necklaces and thick bangles. Bright colors became the fad, and costume jewelry became more respected among the wealthier class. Then there was the art deco phase, WW2, and the 1950’s which brought improvement and popularity to costume jewelry.

In modern days, this jewelry was rebranded with a new name. Instead of “costume jewelry” or “junk jewelry”, it is now referred to as “fashion jewelry”. Wearing this jewelry now is considered both economically and environmentally friendly, as well as morally right.

Benefits of Vintage Costume Jewelry

While costume jewelry doesn’t usually increase in value, some vintage costume jewelry brands can cost a pretty penny. For instance, a Cher Deco revival bow brooch costs around $80 on eBay, while a Ciner bead necklace can go for $110. This means that you can make some money back on your costume jewelry IF you have the right kind.

Other than resale value, the benefit of having vintage costume jewelry is the jewelry itself. You can own an accessory from another time, and you don’t have to spend a fortune to get it!

Should I buy Vintage Costume Jewelry or New Costume Jewelry?

Depending on what you’re looking for, vintage costume jewelry might be the choice for you. If you’re looking to resale or collect, you should look for vintage costume jewelry. The older it is, the more valuable it is! Take good care of it, keep it locked up in a safe place, and don’t wear it often. If you’re looking for a low price, you want multiple products, and you’re not worried about the jewelry increasing in value, it’s best to buy new costume jewelry.

What to Look For When Buying Vintage Costume Jewelry

When buying costume jewelry in person, it’s essential to touch the jewelry to feel if it’s too flexible or stiff, uncomfortable to wear, or cheap-looking. If you’re unable to purchase costume jewelry in person, make sure to check all online reviews for any complaints about the product’s condition.

Where to Find Vintage Costume Jewelry

You can find costume jewelry practically anywhere (clothing stores, department stores, flea markets, garage sales, vintage shops, small boutiques, etc.). If you’re looking for something specific, it’s best to look online on small websites and big sellers like Amazon.com. You can find new and used costume jewelry on eBay, sold at affordable prices.

When it comes to accessorizing, you can really strut your stuff, and you don’t have to spend a fortune to be stylish! Vintage costume jewelry is an excellent alternative for expensive brands, and it’s super fun to collect! Unlock a new version of yourself by looking into vintage custom jewelry.