YSL and Dior Vintage Jewellery


If you enjoy shopping for unique presents and are fan of antique  and vintage jewellery then you are really spoilt for choice right now with a multitude of offline and online stores . One  store with a fabulous selection of old deco jewellery for sale  is Modern Vintage Style. Whether it is sparkling rhinestone vintage necklaces , earrings, simple silver necklaces or antique brooches  there is a wide variety from which to choose. They have a good selection covering jewellery from the 1920’s  Art Deco era, through to more modernist vintage pieces, including some lovely Scandinavian silver items.

Below – Left to right. Vintage sterling silver opal pendant, sterling silver and citrine bird pendant, 1950’s YSL gold tone heart brooch available from Modern Vintage Style.

Below (2nd row) Left to Right, Simple and delicate gold and silver necklaces including the Alyssa necklace (far right) from Modern Vintage Style

opal and silver pendant  Sterling silver bird pendant  


simple gold necklace simple and delicate silver necklace delictae sterling silver and pearl necklace

Some of the famous  jewellery designers such as Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent,and Christian Lacroix have produced some stunning costume jewellery over the years. Some of the most beautiful pieces can be found in the history of costume jewellery books such as  Millers Costume Jewellery book.

Below: Vintage silver bracelets  and brooches from Modern Vintage Style website


Examples of beautiful designer vintage jewellery  and vintage style jewellery can provide great inspiration for your own projects.  Christian Dior have also produced some fabulous jewellery incuding stunning necklaces such as these  -

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Above, L to R: Dior blue crystal pendant, silver and amethyst ring, and Norman Grant vintage silver and enamel earrings

Although most of the jewellery that was produced did not involve precious gemstones , the workmanship was excellent resulting in some really stunning necklaces, bracelets, earrings and rings. The market for designer vintage costume jewellery is good just now , with designer vintage pieces  from the 1950’s to 1980’s by big brand names being much sought after. Further examples of  beautiful vintage jewellery  including  stunning aquamarine jewellery can be found here.

Below Left: An example of  crystal1950’s  style earrings , a YSL cabochon necklace and and rainbow moonstone pendant – website

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How to Sell Your Handmade Jewellery – Part 1

How to Sell Your Handmade Jewellery. Part 1

The Foundations

Selling your handmade jewellery is almost an art-form of its own. We have all come across “great” salesmen in our time, so why do so many of us lack confidence when it comes to selling our work?

Above: Rose quartz ,opal, and silver gemstone necklaces – Modern Vintage Style

How do we improve our marketing skills, maximise opportunities and find a way to turn from beginner jewellery designer into professional?

Even the best handcrafted jewellery does not sell itself.
The act of selling the jewellery is something that must be practised and learned.

In this 2 part article we will look at some of the best ways jewellery designers can sell their work.
Specifically looking at ways you can you sell your own work directly AND also get other galleries, boutiques, shops etc to also sell it for you.

Be honest with yourself – are you ready?

Its a basic and controversial question but one we must ask ourselves before starting selling to the public.

Are you ready to sell yet?

In fact, the one question most asked by jewellery designers when starting out is – “how will I know when I am ready to sell my own jewellery?”

If you are making well-made original jewellery designs, and if you know about your legal requirements and you believe there is a good market for your work – then yes, you are ready to sell.

If you are a beginner at jewellery-making though it might be worthwhile taking some time to think this over.
as there is an old saying “you wil never get a second chance to make a first impression.”

Fools Rush In……?

If you really want to make an ongoing sustainable business from your work, it pays to
start with good foundations.

Selling your work too early can create a nasty trap. The jewellery maker rushes into selling their work,
pricing their work deliberately very low just to get a foot into the market.
But they then risk getting stuck as the jewellery maker builds up a clientele who only wants simple  jewellery at very low prices.

So when the maker’s skills and experience eventually do eventually grow, she finds it verydifficult to get out of this trap, for fear of pricing herself too high and
out of the market she has creatd for herself.
There is absolutely nothing wrong in catering to any end of the market you choose.
It can be just as satisfying selling summer styles to school kids as
it can be selling very elaborate work in expensive boutiques.
In both cases it is still very satisfying to know that someone else admired your design and chose to buy it.

But really should it not be be your choice what end of the market you choose to explore?
Rather than be forced to sell to one particular end of the market because those are the only sales you can make?

Being absolutely ready to sell gives you the ability to explore any market you choose. It means you can hold your own against any other designer out there chasing those very same sales.

So how do you know if you are ready to sell your jewellery?

This comes downto covering four bases: These are Workmanship, Originality, Desirability, and Legality
These four bases are covered in Part 2 of this article.

For  information and resources on  handmade jewellery see