Expensive Vintage Costume Jewelry – A Quick List

In this article, you will find a quick list of the most rare, collectible, and expensive vintage costume jewelry pieces from various designers and brands.  

expensive costume jewelry peices

Value Factors

The most important factors in considering the value of vintage costume jewelry are:

  • Rarity
  • Condition 

Tips for Purchasing Vintage Costume Jewelry

  • Only buy costume jewelry that is in more or less mint condition.
  • Look at the back of the piece of jewelry, if there is green rust, it means the jewelry has already been damaged.
  • Look for signatures to verify authenticity.
  • Extremely worn plating, missing stones, missing parts, darkened or cloudy rhinestones, clasps that don't work properly, and chipped or scratched enamel all lower the value of a vintage piece.
  • Look for signs of quality such substantial weight, smooth plating and sparkling stones.
  • Avoid obvious repairs such as sloppy soldering and haphazard stone replacements.

Expensive Vintage Costume Jewelry Designers and Their Most Valuable Pieces


Weiss 

Expensive Vintage Costume Jewelry -Weiss figural jewelry

Weiss Figural Jewelry on Etsy

Most Collectible Pieces From Weiss

>> Learn More About Weiss in this Buying Guide


Eisenberg

Eisenberg original

Eisenberg Original Jewelry on Etsy

Most collectible Pieces from Eisenberg

>> Learn More about Eisneburg in our Eisenburg Buying Guide.


Hobe

Hobe floral pins

Hobe Floral Pins on Etsy 

Most Collectible Pieces From Hobe

>> Learn more about this brand in our Vintage Hobe Jewelry Buying Guide.


Coro

Coro jelly belly

Coro Jelly Bellies on Etsy

Most Collectible Pieces from Coro

>> Learn more about Coro in our Vintage Coro Buying Guide.


Mariam Haskall

Expensive Vintage Costume Jewelry Mariam haskell

Mariam Haskell on Etsy

Most Collectible Pieces from Miriam Haskell

>> Learn more about Miriam Haskell Jewelry


Carnegie

Carnegie egyptian

Carnegie Egyptian Revival Pieces on Etsy

Most Collectible Pieces from Carnegie

  • Animal brooches made of Lucite - Collectors covet the fish and long-horned goats, but the anteater is the most prized of all - Shop on Etsy - Shop on eBay
  • Tremblers - flowers or butterflies on springs that trembled or vibrated as the wearer moved - Shop on Esty - Shop on eBay
  • Egyptian revival pieces - Shop on Esty- Shop on eBay
  • Pieces designed before Hattie Carnegie's death in 1950 - these are worth collecting even if they are not in good condition

>> Learn More about Carnegie on our Buying Guide.


Trifari

Trifari fruit salad

Trifari Fruit Salad Pieces on Etsy

Most Collectible Pieces From Trifari

>> Learn about Trifari in our Vintage Trifari Buying Guide.


Lisner

Lisner oak leaf

Lisner Oak Leaf Pieces on Etsy

Most Collectible Pieces from Lisner

>> Learn more about Lisner in our Vintage Lisner Jewelry Buying Guide.


Sarah Coventry

Expensive Vintage Costume Jewelry Coventry mosaic

Sarah Coventry Asymmetrical Mosaic Pieces on Etsy

Most Collectible Pieces from Sarah Conventry

>> Learn more about Buying Sarah Coventry Jewelry.


Boucher

Boucher on Etsy

Boucher on Etsy

Most Collectible Pieces from Boucher

>> Learn more about Boucher in our Marcel Boucher Vintage Jewelry Buying Guide.


Ciner

Ciner figural

Ciner Figural Pieces on Etsy

Most Collectible Pieces from Ciner

  • Pieces with high-quality fake pearls that were made in Japan. These faux pearls were made of a glass coated multiple times with a special glaze to achieve the glow of cultured pearls - Shop on Etsy - Shop on eBay
  • Figural pieces shaped like animals and flowers - Shop on Etsy - Shop on eBay
  • Jewelry with tiny turquoise seed pearls - Shop on Etsy- Shop on eBay
  • Chokers and Bracelets featuring crystal squares in interlocking zigzag patterns

>> Learn more about Ciner Jewelry


Kramer

Kramer parures

Kramer Parures on Etsy

Most Collectible Pieces from Kramer

>> Learn more about this brand in our Vintage Kramer Jewelry Buying Guide.


Yves St Laurent

Yves jewelry on Etsy

Yves jewelry on Etsy

Most Collectible Pieces from Yves St Laurent


Chanel

Expensive Vintage Costume Jewelry Chanel 24 K Plated Gold

Chanel 24 K Plated Gold Pieces on Etsy

Most Collectible Pieces from Chanel

  • Vintage jewelry and handbag hardware is 24k gold plated, which raises the value on vintage items since the brand discontinued gold plating a few years ago. - Shop on Etsy - Shop on eBay
  • pieces marked "CHANEL" with three stars beneath - these were huate couture pieces.
  • Early baroque and Byzantine styles using Gripiox glass - Shop on Etsy - Shop on eBay
  • Most vintage Chanel costume jewelry has a high value, this is one brand that is 100% worth investing in.

>> Learn more about Vintage Chanel Jewelry.


Conclusion

I hope this list helps you find costume jewelry that will hold its value and remain highly collectible. Let me know if you have any questions in the comments below!

Happy Hunting,
Andrea

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35 thoughts on “Expensive Vintage Costume Jewelry – A Quick List”

  1. I have 80 years of collecting i have all of the above brands mostly unmarked 1800’s jewelry I’m old and time to get rid of my beloved collection . Where do i start?

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      • I’m interested in reading that article, too. My grandmother has a ton and she doesn’t have a computer to look up the value of what she has, that plus her just wanting to get rid of it means she’s let go of some really good pieces for CHEAP. I’m thinking about just buying it all from her and recycling the pieces into more modern jewelry- fashion being a huge contributor to waste and climate change… I’m curious to know what you think about that, too- recycling and reworking pieces into new things for people to enjoy.

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        • Hi Nicole, that sounds like a great idea! I see remade vintage jewelry on Etsy all of the time, there are some very beautiful reworked pieces.

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  2. I just came across your website. I have no idea on how much the value of costume jewelry is. Can you please help? Thank you Darla

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  3. Hi Andrea – Beautifully done website! Thanks for collecting all the great pictures and information! I love to collect vintage jewelry with the intention of creating repurposed pieces. I have a shop on Etsy for jewelry, but haven’t been as active in listing and selling as I was in the past due to work relocations in the past few years. I found your site by accident as I was chatting with a friend about a few lots of Miriam Haskell pearls and findings I had acquired years back and had seen recently on a YouTube channel how all Miriam Haskell jewelry was all handmade and not manufactured? Have you seen any reference to that?

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    • Thanks so much for stopping in Sindra 🙂 I have done some online research and I can’t find any definite answers to your question. Can you share a link to the video?

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  4. Hi,
    Just wondering if three little triangles have any significance at all. I can’t find any other markings. Paris Pastelles is on the earrings card. This is a dusty rose pink/orchid brooch with pink rhinestones? and earrings to match. Thanks.

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    • Hi Glenis, I would have to see a picture of the pendant to get a better idea of the style and timeline it could have been made in. You can email it to me on the contact page 🙂

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  5. This was very informative, thank you! I’ve come across a bracelet that I can find NO marking on anywhere. It’s unusual, showy and loaded with prong set AB crystals. I assume that makes it post 1950s? I would love to identify it, but after searching everywhere I can think of I’ve had no luck. Any tips? Thanks once again.

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  6. I have some jewelry my Mother made from kits to sell in the 50’s. It is mostly rhinestones I imagine. Very petty and sparkly. There are some sets such as necklace, bracelet and earrings. Some stones have come out but I do have them and have not tried to glue them back in, Where would I go to see if any of it has value?

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    • Hi Pamela, I haven’t been able to find anything about make your own jewelry kits from the ’50s, do you know what company it is from?

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  7. Hi there and thank you for your most informing website.How do I find out what my brooches are worth?I have one starburst brooch which is so awesome but cant find anything similar to mine.The only one that looks like mine has real diamonds in and I think mine is only rhinestones.Very very sparkly stones.The othe brooch is a large brooch too that has blue stones and red stones in

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  8. I am desperate to find out something about the vintage costume necklace I have so I can sell it and hopefully not lose money. It is a very long necklace with what I believe are carnelian glass beads in a very ornate sort of filigree knot and flower design with a barrel clasp. I don’t think it’s sterling. Not sure what the metal is. Maybe just silver at what grade I have no idea.
    Looks like it could have been one of the long 1920s flapper necklaces. possibly. I bought it in an antique shop about fifteen years ago. I think I paid about $75.00f or it. Nothing was cheap in that store.

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    • Hi Michele, thanks for your questions. If you want help identifying, I suggest going to antique-jewelry-investor.com and use their identification service.

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  9. Thanks for sharing this informative blog. Antique jewelry is a status symbol… Antique jewelry pieces are one of a kind, made with great skill and craftsmanship. Antique jewelry is the latest trend. Many women prefer antique jewelry over other latest designs. Antique jewelry has its own beauty and grace. Victorian Antique Rings is one of the most fashionable antique jewelry.

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  10. This article was quite helpful. Antique jewelry is a wonder to behold itself, with a level of class that is unmatched. The idea of collecting vintage jewelry to repurpose it is brilliant. Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. It is pretty beneficial. Thanks for sharing this information.

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  11. Thanks for explaining that the enamel on jewelry is also important to check out when determining its value. I'd like to look for a place where I can buy or sell vintage costume jewelry because I recently started being more interested in antique items. Maybe starting my own collection would make for a good hobby later down the line.

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  12. I have lots of jewelry from my grandmothers estate. She was born 1913…Looking for any information where to get appraised near syracuse NY
    Thank you,
    Michael

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  13. I didn't realize that's the condition of the enamel online jewelry is a consideration when analyzing its value. if you have already amassed certain last level, I think buying estate jewelry could be a good investment. Yet it's important to hire reliable services to make your purchase worthwhile.

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