Vintage costume jewelry is, by far, my favorite jewelry to collect and wear, especially vintage rhinestone pieces. Not only can you find hoards of them in all shapes and forms, including necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and brooches at thrift shops, flea markets, Ebay, Etsy, AND your grandma’s closet. The pieces are usually relatively inexpensive to buy, but made beautifully. There was just something so fabulous about costume jewelry then that today’s replica’s can’t stand up to. They look real, they look expensive, and they’ve all got a pretty tarnish to them from age. They’re one-of-a-kind pieces, but if you’re not going to wear them as is, why not repurpose and upcycle them to add that extra something to brighten up a plain object, giving it a really unique vintage flair?
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