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Sources For Vintage Rhinestone Jewelry

A sparkling piece of vintage rhinestone jewelry is lovely to behold and the history behind the piece is often quite interesting. Many people collect this jewelry and have very fond memories of their mothers and grandmothers wearing them.

Whether you are looking for vintage rhinestone jewelry for yourself, as a gift or to collect, you will need to know a little bit about what to look for. Rhinestones are a huge part of vintage jewelry and, at the time, the best stones came from Austria. These are foil backed, leaded crystal faceted stones. The finer variety of rhinestones are hand faceted, prong set and polished. A prong setting holds a stone in place by small wires that are attached to a bezel. The wires are very carefully bent over the edges of the stone.

There are literally hundreds of designers and many of their pieces will be marked. Sometimes the markings are hard to see. You will find some markings on the clasp pin, some on a raised piece of metal on the back of the piece, some will be on the bottom of an earring and some will be on the actual clasp like on a bracelet or necklace. Some will not be marked at all but that does not mean that they are not a beautiful piece or even sought after by collectors, as many famous designers did not mark their work.

Vintage rhinestone jewelry is gaining in popularity. Many celebrities are wearing pieces and appreciating the craftsmanship that went into the design. Some of the pieces are quite intricate and elegant and were designed by master artists of their time.

D Lisner and Company was founded in New York in the early 1900s and their pieces are high quality made with the finest rhinestones. Many red and purple pieces of vintage rhinestone jewelry are among the most valuable as collectors seem to crave these colorful pieces. Monet began making jewelry in 1937 and the company still distributes jewelry today under the names Monet, Trifari and Marvella. This company also produced high quality jewelry. Not as many pieces of vintage rhinestone jewelry were made with metals like sterling silver but almost all the pieces made by Sorrento were either sterling or gold plated. Many pieces were made with huge, sparkly rhinestones surrounded by intricate and delicate designs.

Vendome is a name to be on the lookout for if you are interested in purchasing (or collecting) quality vintage rhinestone jewelry. It is considered high end jewelry that often had movable parts. Vogue was established in the mid 1930s and includes some very innovative pieces. The ones created in the 1930s and 1940s are quite hard to find.

Other companies that produced quality vintage rhinestone jewelry include Weiss, Schiaparelli, Sarah Coventry, Pell, Ora, Kramer, Hollycraft, Haskell, Emmons and Carnegie to name just a few.

You will be able to easily find many beautiful pieces on auction sites like Amazon and eBay. Be sure to check the seller's feedback rating before you make your purchase so you can buy with confidence. Check shipping rates as well and the return policy.

You will be surprised how much you will enjoy wearing a piece of vintage rhinestone jewelry. The jewelry will compliment many different outfits as they came in so many different shades, and the jewelry may even turn into a conversation piece!