Thursday, October 30, 2008
IS GLITZY RHINESTONE JEWELRY GOING OUT OF FASHION OR ARE COLLECTORS RUNNING OUT OF MONEY?
It's really a bit depressing on eBay these days. I don't think I can remember a time like this when so many designer vintage jewelry sellers are selling off their gorgeous collections in massive lots like the one shown above. That particular seller has not one lot, but several like this one. This particular collection contains jewelry with names like
JULIANA never signed
The lot shown above contains 53 pieces and represents 2 years of finding and collecting. And now this seller is letting it all go for $3000 or best offer. That might seem a lot until you look at all the photos she has posted and you take into account the designer names and quality.
But this seller is only one of many doing the same thing ie.. selling off their collections. I was deeply saddened talking with one of my jewelry group members when she said she was ready to let her remaining pieces, including Juliana brooches, for whatever I could offer. Her reason? Glitz just isn't selling anymore. Can this be true? If so, I'm in trouble as I'm now heavily stocked in my SHOP AT RUBY LANE with lovely sets and pieces by ART, WEISS, SHERMAN, HASKELL, SCHIAPARELLI, KRAMER and more. I've added some awesome sets lately. Have you been over to see them? Take my fantastic faux-alexandrite 3-piece Sherman set of bracelet, brooch and earrings shown below:
That's one of those sets that turns a lovely mauve color as the light changes. Or how about this "married" set below: it's a combination of an exquisite necklace signed "Corocraft Patent Pending" and stunning signed Sherman earrings. I'm offering this combination for only $75!
And yet, while I wonder if the economy has taken the joy out of buying vintage glitz lately, on the other hand, there are sellers, like some of my associates at Ruby Lane, selling off Juliana sets for $650! Like Wow! So maybe, for those of you who do have the money to invest, this is actually a great time to stock up on designer vintage jewelry. If we sellers are all feeling the pinch, we're probably dropping our prices, not because the pieces aren't worth it but because we might just have too much money tied up in stock right now. After all, isn't that what we all wait for i.e. shops having sales?
Slip on over to MY SHOP AT RUBY LANE and see how many items we've got marked "CLEARANCE" right now...everything from 14k gold vintage rings like the delightful filigreed
genuine ruby/diamond ring shown on the left which you can purchase from us for only $95 to fabulous genuine gemstone and diamond bracelets. You won't believe the prices and consider this: you can go into your local jewelry stores and pay a fortune for a new ring that's not even half the quality of some of our pre-loved pieces. Don't think that because it's used, someone will think you think less of them. Actually this is one of those times when "less is more". That's right: you pay less for more and better quality when you buy valuable vintage jewelry in excellent condition. I walk the malls too. I'm appalled at what is being charged for new reproductions of vintage glitzy jewelry ... a lot! Why buy repro when you can get genuine vintage designer jewelry. Over the years, glitz will return. Will your collection be a box of cheap reproductions or valuable designer vintage? Now is a great time to shop!