costume jewelry inspiration

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!

Antique Signed Weiss  Krammer Of New York Rhinestone Brooches Pins  Hat Pins
Antique Signed Weiss Krammer Of New York Rhinestone Brooches Pins Hat Pins
$10.00
Time Remaining: 2d 10h 53m
Buy It Now for only: $10.00
Vintage Estate Signed Weiss Brooch
Vintage Estate Signed Weiss Brooch
$7.50 (6 Bids)
Time Remaining: 2d 4h 13m
Vintage Signed Weiss Christmas Poinsettia Flower Brooch
Vintage Signed Weiss Christmas Poinsettia Flower Brooch
$75.00
Time Remaining: 4d 11h 29m
Buy It Now for only: $75.00
Gorgeous Vintage signed Weiss rhinestone butterfly brooch
Gorgeous Vintage signed Weiss rhinestone butterfly brooch
$19.99 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 5d 3h
Vintage Estate Signed Weiss Sparkling Pin
Vintage Estate Signed Weiss Sparkling Pin
$8.50 (7 Bids)
Time Remaining: 2d 4h 16m

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