would you like to be able to spot rare costume jewelry and understand that it’s worth money when you see it watch this video hi I’m Dawn this is Hudson vintage today I’m sharing my vintage costume jewelry collection the rare pieces the pieces that are valuable and worth money do you have a collection your great-aunt and you’d like to know if it’s worth anything or are you on the hunt at thrift stores and estate sales and yard sales and would like to be better it’s spotting finds when you see them this is the video you’ve been waiting for I’m going to be moving really fast there’s a lot to show so I’m not going to be spending a lot of time on each piece but I will show the front the back explain how it feels and what to watch out for as quickly as I can my goal is to keep it moving and I’ll be naming some reference books along the way so you can look into that if you’re interested in learning more about vintage rare costume jewelry and first thing is going to be a Hobe’ necklace from the 1920s this is 1920s Hobe’ look at how pretty these are all what would be considered paste or early Austrian crystal here is the open back you can see everything is individually hinged H O B E with a little accent mark over the E they also did multicolored pastels the most collectible Hobe’ isEarly 1920’s 1930’s 1940’s and then some of the 1960s this little beauty look how beautiful this is if you’ve never seen anything like this before some of you would automatically think Chanel that’s all sugar loaf cabochons this is circa 1939 this is gold over sterling this is made by Coro Craft it’s signed it was a Katz design it has a chain this is known as the Carmen Miranda bracelet that’s all enameling it’s just incredible pave set rhinestones enameling different color sugar loaf cabochons this one is in excellent condition it even still has its little safety chain intact here is what the hinge looks like that’s 1939 Carmen Miranda next we’re staying in the 30s for a little while okay these are two bracelets these are very special these are one-of-a-kind but they are indicative of what you might find when you’re out there looking these were in the Haskell book that I will link below and this is called Russian gold is what the chain looks like these bracelets were in the Haskell jewelry book by Kathy Gordon I had the pleasure of curating the collection that she actually took photographs of for her book any early Haskell is valuable to find it’s not always marked spotting an unsigned Haskell is possible and when you do you have hit the jackpot but you have to know what you’re looking at this is from the time period when Miriam Haskell was actually still running the company I’m gonna jump ahead a little bit to the 50s because I have a star pin from the same collection that I want to show you this is the Haskell from this pin you can really see what those rhinestones look like they’re very unique – Haskell they almost look like sew-on rhinestones that seamstresses use for dresses but they’re lovely and they’ve aged really well also this is what the gold looks like this one hasn’t aged quite as much this one’s a little more contemporary I would put this at 1950s so it’s a probably 20 to 25 years older than those bracelets look at the height of it look at the layering that’s how you would identify Haskell the back there’s no wires that you can see right it feels like quality I will also go over oh I forgot this this is the oldest

thing I’m showing today this is called Saphiret glass so this is a gold filled bookmark it’s got lovely detailing on the actual twist here that’s what the back looks like it’s this is originally Czech Saphiret glass is Czech and I heard that the recipe was lost when World War II started I’ve just turned the light off it still has that inner glow that you can see there now you can see his carving there that beautiful so anyway there’s varying accounts some say that the recipe was lost in the 1940s when the war started some people say it was just too expensive but anyway Saphiret glass is extremely valuable if you find it I have seen rosaries that go for thousands so always be on the lookout for that this is a stork brooch look at how the back looks look how smooth it looks almost like fine jewelry right it’s actually because of when it was made it is actually gold over silver look at the turn up the neck thats lovely and then there’s the stones and the size of it right I imagine that someone would wear this when they were a lady-in-waiting this is also valuable look at the scale of this piece this is also Coro this is 1940s this is Katz Coro Katz cold enameled rhinestones set three-dimensional beautiful gold on one side silver on the other that’s plating this is rhodium plated on the other side they used rhodium plating and gold plating and absolutely beautiful even to this day this is probably earlier this could be 1930s this is en tremblant that’s called En Tremblant because it moves and it is a lot like the Coro duettes that you can easily Google I have one but I wanted to show different pieces that are more rare so there’s that that’s the tulip brooch that’s what the back looks like take a good look at the rivets and also there’s weight to this and it’s totally smooth and three-dimensional you could just tell the quality you can almost hear the sound of the tremblant right it’s a solid sound this okay the fashion girls are gonna love this I love this look at this oh that is a Hattie Carnegie Tiger brooch very rare she made several animals you know it looks a lot like the Gucci doesn’t it? I wonder where they got the idea here’s the back this is signed if you see anything that says Hattie Carnegie she started out I believe she was a milliner and by the time she was done she had an entire block in Manhattan my mother was a runway model for her and look how cool that is anyway that’s fabulous oh I’ll show it to you in the book this is the Hattie Carnegie book and there is our Tiger brooch and then here’s some other critters that she did there are copies so always be aware the weight of things how they feel how finished they are what the edges of the enamel look like what the stones are if they’re glued or set Hattie Carnegie did not actually sign everything so again this would be something I recommend if you want to learn more about you can find a little treasure if you know what to look for anyway isn’t it great I’ll be wearing this one this season for sure I love it ok I want to show you two kinds of Schiaparelli the first one is signed and the second one is not signed and I’m going to show you how to identify unsigned Schiaparelli by the findings and the details this is 1950s signed Schiaparelli here is what the back looks like and the giveaway here is the weight of it the quality of the metal here’s what the chain looks like here’s what the hook looks like it is signed there is a

signature here somewhere right in there signed on a rectangular plaque here is a tell ok did you see this the shape of the end piece on the end of this chain is in the shape of a tassel and thats Schiaparelli used this tassel finding sometimes in the form on earring backs and sometimes even in design so if you see that that could very well be an unsigned Schiaparelli and these are very collectible and they never lose their value they only go up in value the more rarer they get that is the amazing thing about costume jewelry that is rare and collectible from designers from the past the designers are long gone not making anymore and the pieces are limited so the more that time goes by the more valuable the pieces get you don’t see vintage jewelry in vintage jewelry stores go on sale really because it only becomes more valuable the older they get so that’s a signed Schiaparelli this is a Schiaparelli from the 1950s this is not signed how do you tell that this is an unsigned scaparelli first of all I just want you to see it it’s graduated strands that’s the clasp it can be worn in the back or in the front or on the side now the key to this is what the back looks like she did use a bark texture so you can see a bark texture here but also you see that keyhole that is a Schiaparelli design see and then this slides in like that now I’ll put it on how about that sacrilegious to be mixing Schiaparelli and Chanel here we have it’s inside now the third pearl necklace on that tray is 1980s and I got it in the 1980’s when it was new because I knew it was going to be future vintage and I wonder how many of you have already guessed what it is I will give you a hint it has a pearl enhancer on it that was made by the same person or designer here’s what it is oh it’s got such good weight these old glass pearls she did use the old Rhode Island factories for as long as she could I’m talking of course about Joan Rivers this is a Joan Rivers necklace from the 1980s when she first started one of the first things he did was reproduce old Chanel and I was hooked right away I believe she did the old hairpin necklace and I had one I sold it I should have kept it this is what the enhancer looks like and it’s got that little hinge on the bail that makes it an enhancer over beads as well great collectible items still easy to find only will increase in value and we miss Joan moving on this is a Jomaz this is an offshoot of the Mazer company but again the scale you can recognize good collectible rare valuable costume jewelry by the scale this is a pin / pendent it’s got excellent prong set cabochon stones and this is called the mogul or jewels of India collection and that is a lion in the center and this is fantastic I wear this on a collar and it is but it’s also a pin late-1970s Mazer started in the 1940s so a really great heritage with 1970’s pieces if you can find Jomaz or Mazer from the 1940s okay let’s do some of the things that are on top I’ve done this bracelet these earrings these are also these are Monet late 1970s they go with this necklace this is probably actually I believe this is mid 1960s I correct myself this is probably 66 67 the 70s were slightly different I have a book over there the Monet book here is the earrings i know so wearable even today like right now so good here is what the back looks like that textured back it’s all gold-plated it has a special hinged squeezable earring back that is adjustable and if you can find sets then it’s also more valuable here is what the clasp looks

like here’s what the back looks like okay that is 1960s Monet I will show you the book in a minute this is the best book it’s one of my favorite books and first of all okay this on the cover I want that I had one I sold it I want it again I will pay for that if anyone knows where one is this book is really complete it has pictures from every decade it’s arranged by decade as well as pieces that were actually found that were put next to the original magazine ads and then I have this bookmarked yeah 60s so this is 66 67 68 these pieces and they’re similar okay just a fabulous book I highly recommend it and it’s fun to read this is research that’s fun moving on this is incredible look at it yes those are chandelier crystals and they are wired on to this necklace with the rings of the links in the necklace this triple strand here’s what the bars are and I got this someone had replaced the hook this is a sterling silver hook it’s obviously not part of the original costume piece so I thought it was Chanel but I was never able to attribute it for certain I’m thinking it might also be YSL but look at it this is you know look at that look at those crystals I know every time I see it from far away it makes me think of Anna Wintour hers is gemstone of course but it does have that kind of a feel doesn’t it I love it if you saw something like this I would hope that you would know to grab it just from the sheer quality of the materials and the workmanship there’s the back again but it’s not signed and it’s obviously been altered but that doesn’t make it in this case this is such a spectacular piece it’s still valuable and one day I’ll be able to attribute it for certain maybe even one of you knows if you do please let me know in the comments I read every comment so please if you have any information or if you have any questions actually if you want to know more I have a lot of those Haskell pieces so if you want to see just the Haskell’s from that collection I’d be happy to show them or just pins or whatever just let me know and I will answer back in the comments these are three aluminum bracelets they’re dated 1989 another tip if you see anything that’s dated signed and dated that means it was artists produced or it was from the a line of one of the major companies this is the black this is aluminum the signatures in there this is from like the Memphis era look how cool and there’s the red when you can find pieces that go together like this set this is collected by one person that increases the value as well moving right along we have this Kramer here this is so special Kramer’s heyday was in the 1950s they use really large stones they competed with Regency when I spoke with the people that were the relatives of the president of Regency they said they remembered him coming home and complaining about Kramer these are some of the most valuable Kramer’s you can find these have those big rhinestone headlight type settings and made them expensive in their day but they’re covered in actual fishnet stocking fabric so each stone is covered and then set prong set into the setting and then here you can get a better idea on a brooch look at how fabulous it is again scale these are smokey mixed with clear and I have the necklace I’ll show you what the clasp looks like and what the back looks like for Kramer Kramer is often not signed they always signed first strikes but after that maybe not this one is signed but this is because it’s there A line so that goes back to what I was saying there top lines they always signed there’s a little stone on the hook here is the bracelet this has a safety chain in a slide in box clasp I think it’s sexy I think it’s like lingerie jewelry if there is such a thing still highly collectible today all Kramer I think has a market this is like a Schiaparelli if you find it and I have two pairs of earrings that go with this I have these buttons the dome and then I have these and these are very indicative of the period which you’ll see later which I think are incredibly cool these are climbers see like that I’ll show you the

other earrings that I have like this look at this these are Italian made 1960s these are also climbers look at the bead that’s Venetian glass bead with the gold flecks I think that’s called oh I forget right now Sommerso but this was made by Coppola E Toppo which was a very very high-end jewelry company you can tell it’s Coppola E Toppo not because it’s signed it’s not signed but it has the star-shaped cut out this has the star-shaped cut out that Coppola E Toppo did so it makes sense to know what findings the companies used so that you can spot them if they’re not signed you’ll be able to attribute them and then here is the climber effect it’s amazing I know it’s good even to this day and once again will never lose its value the next two are wingbacks these are 1950s Judith McCann these are Dentelle stones that means that they’re faceted on the inside and the outside that’s why they look like that and then here’s the back this was patented by Judith McCann in the 1950s these are Judith McCann earrings but the way they work is they sit in the curve of your ear here and then these go around the back and so you can have a heavier earring and curve up here and then you slide it down when you pinch the wire and that’s what it looks like no and you can’t feel it all it’s like it’s absolutely not there I have another pair of wing backs from 1960s so they’re a little later here is what the wing back looks like there’s the back rhodium plating if you can learn to spot rhodium plating you are halfway there because vintage jewelry used rhodium plating and gold plating none of this paint you know silver paint or even silver plating you know it’s very different from silver plating look at it it looks like it was made yesterday and it’s you know 60 years old maybe that’s what the wing back looks like again on these now I believe these to be Boucher B O U C H E R look how cool that is the coolest the last vintage earrings I have our old Chanel look how beautiful these actually used that Russian gold technique because they were so popular in the period good tight clasp will never decrease in value if the world collapses vintage Chanel is going to be currency next okay this is Ornella when I first saw this I thought it might have been Coppola E Toppo but here is that red Czech glass beautiful art glass beads you know light purple light yellow here’s what the back looks like there’s rhinestones set in the front of this it’s that brushed gold I believe it to be Ornella here’s the earrings this is from 2011 this is a special edition by Judith Hendler it’s also etched in here see look the hook-and-eye the hardware pieces this is sculpture this is not just jewelry this is sculpture isn’t that marvelous not much to say about that see something with this kind of scale that’s etched with a signature you better buy it look at this beautiful thing this is a vest made by Regency jewels extremely rare this one came from the showroom here’s what the back of the showroom closed in 1977 and I had access to the archived pieces of the showroom there’s the two clasps there’s the jewelry findings on the shoulder pieces it’s very cool very beautiful very valuable so if you see something like this and it looks like it’s something on the body you’re not quite sure what it is you can always figure it out later that’s what books are for ok what else let’s see okay I have some things on the bottom row okay I have one two three four four more pieces and a bonus this is circa 1940s big rhinestones that’s what this company was known for excellent rhodium plating completely smooth layers of stones over other stones that was actually in the structure of the piece here’s what the back of the clasp looks like look at that unique clasp this is 1950;s Eisenberg and it looks like it

was made yesterday look at it look at the back of this thing that’s because it’s such good quality imagine buying costume jewelry today from your local mall and then still wanting to wear it in 70 years this is 1940s bakelite figural look at it there’s a there’s a sign here see that I don’t know who that is anymore maybe somebody could tell me in the comments this is very much of the time period look at red on pink don’t you just love that? that huge scale once again look how thick it is it’s nice and heavy bakelite you can always tell by the weight of it by the way that it sounds if you rub it it has like a certain smell that plastic won’t have you won’t smell anything if it’s plastic and also there’s a 409 test that you can google and find out more about that next if you are a collector or if you’re a part-time dealer this right here is the reason that you wanted to watch this video because if you knew everything else that I told you this is one thing that you probably haven’t seen in person yet this is old Christian Dior but it’s Mitchell Meyer for Christian Dior so it’s the 1950s each jewelry design was made for a specific collection of clothing in the 1950s when I bought this I thought this was 1980s Christian Dior I didn’t even know what it was that’s what the back looks like and then here is the closure it’s that S closure it’s always that rubbed buffed gold there is a plaque on it but even if the plaque is no longer there if you see a closure like this on a piece of this quality then you might very well have a Mitchell Meyer and then finally I have one more costume piece and then I have my bonus piece which is not really costume but I just really wanted to show it to you the last costume piece this is one of the oldest it is actually on a sterling chain this is Iris Glass all prong-set iris glass this came before there were colored rhinestones there was paste there wasn’t really colored rhinestones as we know today so this is actually hand painted with kind of rainbow stripes this is Austrian I believe or German and it’s beautiful this is just a really deco I love the deco style of this necklace very 1920s and this is about 19 iris glass started much earlier but this is probably 1920 so that’s an iris glass necklace from the 1920s and now finally the last piece look at the scale of this thing I will say now please like this video when you like this video it helps people like you to find this video and that helps me and I really appreciate that click like click subscribe and click the bell so that you get notifications when I make a new video now this is sterling silver circa 1980s it’s on a collar look at the work on the wing and then this is an articulated body of this dragonfly there’s the back that is Russian amber in the body and the eyes and I just love how big this is I love the scale of this I love that it’s figural jewelry is always collectible it has a sort of crossover quality to it you know if you find jewelry that’s guitars and then it goes to musicians and oh if you figurals like this it is magnificent not costume but vintage circa 1980s if you have any preferences and you’d like to see more of the Haskell pieces or more pins more figurals more bakelite I have pieces that specifically were never sold to the general public if that interests you I can do a video just on that so once again let me know in the comments I read everything this is a two-way conversation thank you so much for watching like subscribe ring the bell thank you