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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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Vintage Costume Jewelry for Sale

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Jewelry Lot Vintage Rings Costume Cocktail Cluster & More

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Sale! Jewelry Lot Vintage Rings Costume Cocktail Cluster & More

$29.99
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VINTAGE 36 PIECE COSTUME JEWELRY RING LOT VARIOUS STYLES

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NEW LOT MIXED VINTAGE - NOW COSTUME JEWELRY BRACELET NECKLACE EARRINGS

$14.5
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vintage costume jewelry necklace New

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vintage costume jewelry beaded necklace W/ earings set

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Cerrito costume jewelry

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Vintage Turquoise Silver Costume Jewelry Pendant

$2.99
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vintage costume jewelry necklace. New

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Recycled Vintage/costume Jewelry Art Framed. Motorcycle AndHarley Davidson Lover

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large lot vintage costume jewelry

$11.4
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LOT OF VINTAGE/NOW COSTUME JEWELRY CUTE HALLOWEEN JEWLERY pins earring necklace

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ALL NEW Vintage Style Department Store Fancy Costume Jewelry Rhinestone Enamel

$42.49
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Nwt vintage costume jewelry rings some marked, 28 total lot

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Vintage Costume Jewelry Necklaces and Earrings

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VINTAGE Lot 1980's EARRINGS Hoops Dangles CHEAP COSTUME JEWELRY Craft Making +

$16
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Costume Jewelry Lot Collection VTG Necklace Set Earrings SOME NEW W TAGS 38 pc

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

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Vintage Bracelets Costume Jewelry Never Worn

$10
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Costume Jewelry Lot Collection VTG Necklace Set Earrings SOME NEW W TAGS 21 pc

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Vintage 80s Costume Jewelry - Mixed Lot - Over 3lbs Worth! Very Cool Pieces!

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Costume Jewelry Lot of 17 ~ Vintage Oversize Fish Couple Zodiac Ankh Horn

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

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Vintage costume and handmade jewelry lot 10 Christmas

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Costume Jewelry Earrings & Necklace Match Set, Blue/White/Black Marble Pattern

$6.99
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Lot of 9 Vintage Costume Jewelry Pendants Prizes Gifts Incentives Clasp Gold

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Vintage Silver Tone Costume Jewelry 10 Pc Lot Necklaces Bracelets and Earrings

$4.99
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Filled Jewelry Chest Lot - Juniors Girls Vintage Costume Jewelry - 20+ Items!

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Vintage Necklace Beaded White & Purple Multi-Strand Costume Jewelry

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

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Vintage ‘True’ Retro 80’s Costume Necklace Earrings Set Jewelry NWT Boho

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

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Costume Fashion Jewelry Lot of 8 Bracelets Mixed Styles

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

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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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VINTAGE NOS COSTUME JEWELRY ADJUSTABLE RINGS LOT/4 Christmas Santa Sack Girls

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

$32.22
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VTG NWT 2000'S SONOMA SHADES OF BROWN BEADED NECKLACE - COSTUME JEWELRY

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lot vintage costume jewelry

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Vintage Costume Jewelry Earrings Estate Glass, Metal, Etc Lot of 6 Pairs

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Vintage Costume Jewelry Earrings Estate Glass, Metal, Etc Lot of 4 Pairs

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Vintage Costume Jewelry Earrings Estate Glass, Metal, Etc Lot of 4 Pairs

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Vintage Costume Jewelry Earrings Estate Glass, Metal, Etc Lot of 4 Pairs

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Vintage Costume Jewelry Earrings Estate Glass, Metal, Etc Lot of 4 Pairs

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

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Hummingbird BROOCH PIN Rhinestone Vintage Costume Jewelry new sealed

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

$150
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💎ESTATE VINTAGE TO NOW COSTUME JEWELRY LOT 20 Pc NO JUNK NECKLACE BROOCH EAR💎

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Lot of Vintage Costume Jewelry: 1928, Goodall, Coyote Brands, New/Old Stock(14)

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Brand New Vintage 1980's Signed Jayce Jewelry Brooch Costume Jewelry!

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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.