Marked Costume Jewelry - Channeling Your Inner Iris Apfel

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Savvy fashionistas understand that marked costume jewelry is one of the most underrated accessories in the fashion world. While they may not be adorned with precious stones and metals, shiny costume trinkets can make or break an outfit. As the legendary fashion icon Iris Apfel says, "Jewelry is the most transformative thing you can wear." So, let's dive into the world of bling and learn more about marked costume jewelry, how to store it safely, and how to rock it like Iris Apfel.

What is marked costume jewelry?

Marked costume jewelry is any standout jewelry with a specific designer name or brand logo, is from a particular period, or is made with high-quality materials, such as base metals or semi-precious stones.

Many designers have created unique marks in today's fashion world to help identify their jewelry pieces. For instance, Tiffany & Co. has its iconic blue box and ribbon, which are instantly recognizable. On the other hand, Kate Spade has a spade symbol often embossed or engraved onto pieces. Additionally, some modern costume jewelry designers may include their names, initials, or dates on the piece, making it easily identifiable.

It's important to note that not all modern costume jewelry marks are created equal, and some may not be as recognizable as others. If you're looking to purchase a designer piece, make sure to do your research on the mark and how it is typically used.

Identifying vintage costume jewelry

Unlike modern marks, vintage jewelry marks may be more challenging to identify, but they are worth the effort. Vintage jewelry can be a valuable and unique addition to any jewelry collection. Learning how to identify them can help you spot hidden gems at consignment stores or estate sales.

One of the most common marks on vintage jewelry is the "925" mark, which indicates that the piece is made of sterling silver. Additionally, many vintage pieces may not have any identifying marks at all, but the quality of the materials and craftsmanship can help identify their age and value. If you're interested in collecting vintage costume jewelry, consider researching online or only shop at reputable consignment stores such as Around the Block, where certified appraisers have identified and verified vintage pieces.


Notable costume jewelry designers

Costume jewelry designers are known for their innovative and creative designs that can transform any outfit into a work of art. Some of the most notable designers include Coco Chanel, Kenneth Jay Lane, and Miriam Haskell.

Coco Chanel revolutionized the fashion industry with her signature pearls, a staple in many women's jewelry collections today.

Kenneth Jay Lane is another iconic designer who created bold and dramatic pieces that are often inspired by nature and animal motifs.

Miriam Haskell, on the other hand, was known for her intricate and ornate designs, often featuring pearls, rhinestones, and other high-quality materials. Collecting marked costume jewelry from such designers can be a valuable and unique addition to any jewelry collection.

How to store your costume jewelry

With great bling comes great responsibility. Properly storing costume jewelry is critical to ensure its longevity and prevent damage. Keep each piece separate and tangle-free using specialized storage containers like jewelry boxes, trays, or bags. Make sure the storage area is cool and dry to prevent tarnishing, and use anti-tarnish strips to keep your pieces looking brand new. 

Wearing bling like Iris Apfel

While a brooch from Chanel can add a touch of elegance and sophistication to any outfit, and a vintage Swarovski necklace will make a bold and dramatic statement, why not take your jewelry game to the next level by channeling your inner Iris Apfel? As the 101-year-old fashionista extraordinaire, known for oversized glasses, colourful outfits, and her bold and statement-making jewelry, once said, "More is more, and less is a bore." She's not afraid to take risks when wearing costume jewelry⏤ and neither should you!

If you want to rock costume jewelry like Iris, then here are some tips to get you started:

  • Mix it up! Don't be afraid to wear multiple costume necklaces, bracelets, and rings all at once. Layering your jewelry is a great way to add depth and dimension to your look.
  • Go big or go home. When it comes to costume jewelry, bigger is always better. Embrace those oversized customer bracelets, necklaces, and earrings that make a statement, and get ready to turn heads.
  • Play with colour. Why stick to just one colour when you can wear them all? Iris is known for her love of bold and vibrant hues; you can also incorporate some of that colour into your jewelry.
  • Think outside the box. Don't limit yourself to just necklaces and bracelets. Brooches, vintage pieces, and even hair accessories can all add some extra flair to your look.
  • Make it personal. Your jewelry should reflect your personality and interests. Look for pieces that have special meaning to you, whether it's a piece with your birthstone or a necklace with a symbol that resonates with you.

By following these tips, you can unleash your inner Iris Apfel and create a bold and eclectic jewelry look uniquely yours. So go ahead! Mix it up, go big, play with colour, and make it personal. You'll turn heads and make a statement with your marked costume jewelry!

Around the Block Consignment for Women's Jewelry

Are you looking to buy or sell preowned costume jewelry in Toronto? Around the Block consignment store has sold used marked costume and vintage jewelry on consignment for over 14 years.

While you might know us for luxury second-hand furniture and home decor in the greater Toronto area, we also carry a distinct selection of fine and marked costume jewelry, including vintage costume jewelry. You can buy marked costume jewelry online at our website, including costume bracelets, brooches, earrings, necklaces, pendants, rings, and custom jewelry sets. You can also stop by our consignment store at 150 Lesmill Road to see our complete collection.

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