Buying vintage jewellery can be as exciting and fun as going on a treasure hunt. But one needs a lot of time and patience, and a good eye, of course, to find out where to buy good pieces. There are several shops selling vintage jewellery on Etsy, and you can get lost there. Don’t despair, we can help you find some fantastic costume jewellery to add to your bauble collection.
One of the reasons we love vintage jewellery is the idea of wearing a part of fashion history around the neck. Not to mention that it can also be a good investment. One of our editors, for example, bought a Chanel chain belt, which value has more than quadrupled in a few years.
We’ve done the heavy lifting for you, scouring Etsy longer than we dare say. Here are the seven shops where we’re buying the vintage jewellery we love.
Christian Dior cuff designed by Robert Goossens in 1987.
The French vintage enthusiast sells haute couture and jewellery that she finds during her travels. You can buy here seriously good costume jewellery from designers like Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel, Christian Dior and Christian Lacroix among others.
Christian Lacroix Medieval-inspired brooch.
This is another French shop to look for designers’ vintage pieces. The vast selection includes massive statement necklaces, earrings and brooches like the iconic Christian Lacroix cross.
1980’s Fendi Sun face necklace.
An American shop with vintage jewellery from all major European and American designers. We’re in love with this Fendi bulky chain necklace with sculptural sun faces.
Marion Godart bracelet in Art Déco style.
Shop here funky pieces made by French artists Marion Godart, using colourful Resin, Lucite and Bakelite, and Marie-Christine Pavone, using Galalith, the ancestor of plastics.
Vintage lobster brooch.
Jaarbutik sells vintage jewellery from Europe and the USA from the ’30s to 2000. We especially like the fun animal brooches and bold colourful bracelets from the ’60s and ’70s that are very on-trend again. To know more it, read the article Jewellery trends to help you update your look for 2020.
Céline necklace from the ’80s.
Here you will find French designers like Ines de la Fressange and Edouard Rambaud, but also Hermès, Saint Laurent and Céline, among others.
Christian Lacroix statement necklace.
The shop focuses on pieces with rhinestones and you’ll find some great Christian Lacroix and Yves Saint Laurent vintage jewellery.