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How to Start a Fabulous Vintage Jewelry Collection

August 17, 2017

You’ve thought about collecting vintage jewelry but you’re like, “where do I start?!” Totally fair question. It’s easier than you think. There are certainly different ways to go about it, but we think this is the easiest way to start collecting vintage jewelry.

Vintage Diamond Engagement Ring

Start Small

First things first, set a budget for yourself and stick to it. Don’t dive in head first and buy a $50,000 necklace. Start with something less expensive, around one to two hundred dollars, and ease yourself into the world of vintage jewelry.

Find An Era You Love

The hardest part about starting a vintage jewelry collection is choosing your first piece. There are millions of vintage rings, necklaces, bracelets, and earrings to choose from. And every one is unique. To narrow down your search, find an era (/blogs/antique-jewelry-history/the-history-eras-of-antique-jewelry-timeline) you love. Then only consider pieces from that era. Choosing an era will help keep you focused and make sure you don’t get overwhelmed.

Find A Piece You'll Wear A Lot

For your first piece pick something you can wear at least once a week or, better yet, every day! Don’t start with a necklace you can only wear to a gala once a year. Your first piece of vintage jewelry should be one you love wearing and hate taking off. It should be a piece you cherish forever. If you buy a piece that you hardly ever wear you won’t be nearly as excited to start adding to your vintage jewelry collection.

Diversify

Once you’ve got your first piece, you’re off and running. Starting adding vintage jewelry from other eras. If you bought an Art Deco piece, add a piece of jewelry from the Victorian era. Start adding other types of jewelry. If you bought a ring, add a necklace to your collection. Buy a few statement pieces. There’s only one rule once you start adding to your collection. There’s no such thing as too much vintage jewelry! Happy collecting!