Beading Inspirations: Vintage Costume Jewelry

I'm always looking for beading inspirations.  Sometimes my muse goes into hiding and I have to search to get it to appear again.

Lately, I've been looking through a lot of my old beading magazines, going back to 2003.  I see how the styles have changed, yet also remained the same.  It really is amazing.

Well, I got some inspiration, like trying some spiral ropes, and of course the ever-present coraling bracelet.  But what else was out there?

Well, I found more beading inspiration on ebay, but not from the expected sources.  I was in the jewelry section, but not in the usual section.  Instead, I went to the vintage jewelry area!

My eyes were dazzled by the look of some of the pieces.  Vintage costume jewelry brooches, earrings, bracelets, necklaces -- all had amazing examples!  And when I looked closer, I realized that many of the pieces could be replicated with today's beading techniques.  Well, if not really replicated, then serve as a jumping off spot for additional ideas.

Anyway, I'd like to share with you a few of the wonderful items I found.  You can see a [nmslink: signed weiss,larger selection here], but below are a few pieces of eye candy, to get your juices flowing.

Get inspired!

Vintage Signed WEISS Rivoli Sugarplum Christmas Tree EARRINGS 1960s
Vintage Signed WEISS Rivoli Sugarplum Christmas Tree EARRINGS 1960s
$24.00
Time Remaining: 29d 15h 28m
Buy It Now for only: $24.00
VINTAGE SIGNED WEISS CRYSTAL RHINESTONE FLOWER PIN EXQUISITE
VINTAGE SIGNED WEISS CRYSTAL RHINESTONE FLOWER PIN EXQUISITE
$28.00
Time Remaining: 20d 16h 43m
Buy It Now for only: $28.00
Vintage WEISS Signed Brooch Pin Blue  White Rhinestone Silvertone
Vintage WEISS Signed Brooch Pin Blue White Rhinestone Silvertone
$24.99
Time Remaining: 28d 8h 48m
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Vintage Signed Weiss Silver Tone Raised Clear Rhinestone Pin Brooch Unique
Vintage Signed Weiss Silver Tone Raised Clear Rhinestone Pin Brooch Unique
$29.99
Time Remaining: 25d 10h 9m
Buy It Now for only: $29.99
VINTAGE SIGNED WEISS ROUND RED  FUCHSIA RHINESTONE PIN BROOCH
VINTAGE SIGNED WEISS ROUND RED FUCHSIA RHINESTONE PIN BROOCH
$32.75
Time Remaining: 8h 35m

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