Chicago Estate Jewelry
The 3rd Sunday April through October the Vintage Garage will be evaluating or buying vintage costume and estate jewelry each month. It can be a jewelry box, a drawer full of accessories, or an individual piece.
We consider estate jewelry to be anything older than 1990, whether it's fine or costume.
The eras, types and styles of Chicago estate jewelry are vast:
Art Deco Jewelry
Midcentury Modernist Jewelry
Rhinestone Costume Jewelry - sparkling crystals were all the rage
Designer signed costume jewelry - Hattie Carnegie, Miriam Haskell, Kenneth Jay Lane, Jomaz, Mazer, KJL, Givenchy, Chanel.
Native American Silver Jewelry
Memphis Style Jewelry
Buying scrap gold
And then there's Victorian Jewelry. Named for Queen Victoria, this era was during her reign from 1837 to 1901. Snake jewelry was popular, thanks to the Queen and her prince. A snake with a tail in it's mouth is considered a symbol of love eternal. Engagement rings were often made of diamonds, platinum or gold; 9 carat gold was a popular material along with plenty of gold filled items that are considered costume. Bird and flower designs were also popular at the time. The death of Queen Victoria's husband also began Mourning Jewelry. All black glass or jet formed into different pieces. Hair jewelry and so much more.
Check out the style overview with great photos from Collectors Weekly.
Check out the Vintage Garage schedule to plan your next vintage adventure!
If you are interested in selling vintage jewelry, I am buying vintage jewelry, click here!
The Chicago Vintage Clothing and Jewelry Show will take place March 2, 3pm to 8pm, March 3, 2018. 10am to 5pm at 5649 N. Sheridan Road, Chicago, IL 60660. St. Andrews Greek Orthodox Church at the corner of Hollywood and N. Sheridan Road. The official website is www.vintageclothingandjewelry.com
The 2018 Vintage Garage dates are April 15, May 20, June 17 , July 15, August 19, September 16, and October 21. There will be 100 vendors offering cool vintage and antique pieces every 3rd Sunday, April to October. Vintage Garage is located at 5051 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL 60640. Hours are 10:00 am to 5:00 pm with a $5 admission. Official website is www.vintagegaragechicago.com.