News-Antique.com - Dec 16,2011 - How many of you fashion conscious woman and stylish young ladies know that most vintage costume jewelry was made right here in the good ole U.S.A.? It’s no secret vintage jewelry is in vogue, but here’s an opportunity to go green, support America’s small businesses, and buy American made all in one purchase.
Over 150 major costume jewelry manufacturers were founded in the early twentieth century. Many others never marked their products. This is why there is such a splendid choice of beautiful pieces preserved that are not attributed to any particular designer. The quality of vintage jewelry beats anything imported in the last couple decades. For instance Hobe was commissioned to make jewelry for the famed Ziegfeld Follies showgirls, and it was he who first came up with the term “costume jewelry” for the jewelry that looked like the real thing. New York was where many set up shop, including Mazer/Jomaz, Trifari, Haskell, Coro, Coventry, Florenza, Schiaparelli, Kramer, Weiss, and Lisner to name a few.
So where can savvy shoppers find these goodies? That’s the topic of my next article. For now look at some examples of vintage jewelry on my shop, Bangles & Beads at www.AntiqueJewelryCollectibles.com. Any knowledgeable vintage jewelry dealer can help you find a piece that was made in America.