Vintage Style Steampunk Jewelry

Are you wondering what "steampunk" jewelry is? Your first clue is that it's not a brand! Steampunk jewelry is inspired by designs and items from the steam era. As an example, you may find some steampunk jewelry for sale, which is made from watch parts combined with fantasy, and science fiction characteristics. The pieces are generally one-of-a-kind, since many are hand crafted masterpieces.

Steampunk works well for creating a vintage jewelry look, and can easily display masculine lines as it is inspired from the steam era. If you're looking for a gift of jewelry with a vintage flair, you may want to consider steampunk!

Watches or parts from watches are often used to create the steampunk look, and it's one of my favorite steampunk styles.

Steampunk watch style - view the remaining image.

Trifari Jewelry Enamel Vintage Floral Beauties

Trifari Jewelry manufactured colorful enameled classic treasures, still cherished today. The first Trifari vintage jewelry enameled set shown below bears the Trifari Crown mark used during the 1940's - 1960's era, but the style of the set would lead me to think it is probably from the earlier time during that era rather than closer to the 1960's - just a guess on my behalf because of the design.

Both of these Trifari enameled sets are colorfully pleasing to the eye, and would look wonderful with Spring or Summer attire - that is if you were the lucky bidder to have won these! I imagine there aren't many of these sets remaining, and especially not in such pristine condition as these, since the enamel would have a tendency to get scratched and or slightly chipped over the years. The bidding action and final prices on these sets speaks volumes of the rarity, condition, and love for the colorful floral designs created by Trifari.

This first Trifari parure included a necklace, bracelet, and fur clip! :) Awesome indeed!



Here's another awesome Trifari set sold on the auction block. Equally as beautiful as the one above!

Vintage Jewelry Eye Candy

Vintage jewelry can be so colorful and add great color to otherwise boring attire. You can use it to dress up your attire and even use it to brighten your mood. Many signed and unsigned designer high-end pieces are fun to feast your eyes on, including the following vintage jewelry items and designers:

Kramer rhinestone bracelet, Juliana brooch and earrings demi-parure, stick pins assortment, Hattie Carnegie earrings, and many more vintage jewelry designer names listed below...

Hobe owl, Hobe earrings, Trifari cameo, Weiss black japanned strawberries, Har brooch and earrings demi-parure, Judy Lee brooch and earrings demi-paure, Krementz fish brooch, Weiss aurora borealis earrings, Coro photo locket, Weiss rivoli brooch in blue, Art bracelet, Sarah Coventry art glass, Vendome rivoli brooch, Sylvia rhinestone earrings, Juliana floral rhinestone brooch in autumn topaz colors, Trifari duet figural animal brooches, Hobe cross brooch, Florenza art glass brooch with faux pearls, Judy Lee scarab bracelet, Kirks Folly cherub crescent moon brooch, Art faux stone and faux pearl bracelet.

Enjoy the vintage jewelry eye candy!

Vintage Watches and Chronographs

One of the most interesting pieces of jewelry for either a woman or a man are watches. Available in a wide variety of styles and decorative details, watches make a timeless gift. Wrist watches, finger watches, brooch watches, stopwatches, and chronographs are all interesting works of engineering due to their moving parts. Regardless of what type of watch is preferred, well maintained vintage watches make a great collectible.

Although most people are familiar with stopwatches, chronograph isn't as familiar of a term. A chronograph combines the functions of a stopwatch and timekeeping. Although they were produced as early as the 18th century, chronographs didn't gain popularity until around 1820.

Vintage chronograph watches in good working condition may be more difficult to find than other types, and if a person wanted a nice one, they would perhaps need to purchase a new chronograph watch.

Chronograph watches are a perfect example of form combined with function, and are enjoyed for many years.

Vintage Plastic Jewelry in Bakelite, Thermoset and Celluloid

Bakelite on Wood
Plastic vintage jewelry comes in a variety of shapes, colors, and styles. Celluloid, the earliest plastic developed, was first attempted in 1856. Bakelite was first discovered in 1897, and thermoset plastic experiments began in 1928. Thermoset was later branded as "Plexiglass" and "Lucite", and like their early plastic counterparts became popular for manufacturers and consumers.

Today, vintage plastic jewelry remains very collectible, with the designer labeled pieces fetching the highest prices. Companies like Coro, Lisner, Selro, Selini, Sarah Coventry, and others manufactured many designs using Thermoset plastic.

With it's capability to be molded into a variety of shapes, Thermoset was formed into leaves, flowers, and a large variety of other designs. Plastic floral brooches, necklaces and sets gained popularity. Many of the semi-transparent molded Thermoset vintage jewelry sets have come to be known as "fruit salad" on popular auction sites such as eBay.

Manufactured by companies such as Lisner, the semi-transparent pieces that appear almost jelly-like often sell for a high amount. Full designer sets known as a "parure", with a necklace, bracelet, and earrings, have sold for more than $300.00, but some for much less if they don't bear a designer name.

Coro Confetti Necklace
 Companies like Coro, and designers like Pam, also became known for their confetti plastic jewelry, which had bits of glitter and other shapes like stars mixed into the plastic, which quickly gained popularity and still remains popular today.

Although market trends shift, vintage plastic jewelry will most likely remain quite collectible, and as the pieces become more difficult to acquire and as the demand increases, the prices will continue to add value to your vintage jewelry collection.

Yesterdays Vintage Jewelry and Tomorrows Antiques

Yesterdays vintage jewelry will one day become tomorrows antiques, but when is something considered to be 'vintage' or 'antique'? The answer to that question can sometimes vary depending on what type of collectible a person is referring to, but here we'll be talking about jewelry.

'Vintage' generally refers to an item from a specific time era, and generally it's at least 20 years of age, so it would refer to the time period through the 1980s. For example, you might have a vintage necklace, which you know is from 1950, so it could be referred to as a '1950s vintage' necklace. However, 'vintage' is a loosely used term, and it's not always the correct term to use just because something is no longer manufactured, and that may be when the term 'vintage reproduction' would be appropriate.

On the other hand, if the necklace is at least 100 years old, then it could truly be referred to as an 'antique'. There are times when I will refer to an antique piece as vintage, just because I'm so used to using the term vintage - lol. However, if I were to list a true antique jewelry item for sale, I would definitely list it in the 'antique' section since it is an antique.

If a jewelry item is neither 'vintage' or 'antique', but of vintage style then it could be referred to as 'vintage reproduction'. If you're purchasing an item for your personal collection, the terms antique, vintage, and vintage reproduction may not make that much difference to you, but if you plan to sell the item be sure to accurately describe the item as antique, vintage, or vintage reproduction.

Czech Out This Gold Toned Brooch

Down through the ages, many styles of brooches have been viewed as "classic" pieces of jewelry. Although their clasps, pins, and pin hinges have changed as time has gone by, they're still worn on lapels, blouses, used as scarf pins, and more.

In the earlier years up to around 1900, brooch clasps were an open c-clasp design, and thereafter the locks were an added improvement. Another trait of older brooches is the fact that the pins were made longer, and hung out beyond the edge of the brooch setting.

This Czech or Victorian style brooch has bright clear rhinestones, with the exception of a few that have darkened over the years.

The amethyst glass stone in the center has retained it's liveliness, and overall the classic round gold-washed brooch is in excellent condition, especially considering it may be from the late 1800's.