Recycled Bride: Vintage Jewels for the Green Bride

Posted by Azure on April 26th, 2010
About Recycled Bride Haskell, Trifari, Eisenberg and Weiss are not your seating chart... they're the vintage jewelers you should know!

Vintage jewelry is a hot bridal trend for 2010. It's not only unique and stylish, it's eco-friendly too! Vintage costume jewelry pieces stand the test of time. Many are collector's items, yet are surprisingly affordable.

Going vintage jewelry shopping can be a bit of challenge, unless you know some tricks of the trade. First, be aware that condition is the most important factor in determining a piece's value. So, go ahead and look carefully, making sure their are no missing rhinestones or scratches, and don't pay top dollar for a piece that shows damage or wear. Second, look for a quality design by a well-known vintage maker like Eisenberg, Schiaparelli, Miriam Haskell and Schreiner. If your piece is signed by a known designer, it's more valuable and will be priced accordingly. Third, get some info about the item's provenance. Where did it come from? How old is it? Part of the fun of buying vintage is the little slice of history that comes with each piece. With the above in mind, lets go shopping! Here are 4 favorite resources for vintage bridal jewelry online: Glitterbug - Owner Alexandra and her faith-full companion, Sasha Bear, scour Seattle's flea markets, estate sales, auctions, garage sales, and thrift stores to find whatever strikes her fancy that she thinks might strike yours. The result is an eclectic collection of beautiful things, mostly vintage costume jewelry. Annie Sherman - Annie runs her vintage jewelry empire from The Big Island in Hawaii. Her one-of-kind pieces have been purchased by fashion designers who pair the pieces with their designer dresses on the runway, musicians, pageant contestants, and of course brides and bridesmaids. Michelle Webb - Michelle's Vintage Jewelry has been in business for 12 years and was featured in the green weddings bible, The Green Bride Guide. When you visit the site, be check out her vintage accessories, purses and hats section after you've perused the jewels. Vintage Wedding - This site has a great selection of reasonably priced vintage bridal jewelry. Find everything from earrings under $50 to fabulously glamorous necklaces by some of the biggest names in vintage.

Go vintage, go green, and wear an heirloom piece of bridal jewelry that only gets more valuable with time. Now isn't that more fun than getting your wedding jewelry at the mall? Helpful Links: Green Wedding Ideas Bridal Jewelry and Accessories

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