Although costume jewelry as we recognize it today did not come about until the early 20th century, the concept of costume jewelry can be traced back to the 18th century. Fashion jewelry styles reflected the societies and eras in which they were worn and often depicted events that were newsworthy at that time.
Vintage costume jewelry is perhaps the easiest way to wear vintage for any modern woman of any background, style or size. It was thanks to 1950’s fashion that antique costume jewelry rose in prominence for the everyday woman to wear.
As necklines dipped lower and hair became shorter, the need to wear earrings, bracelets and necklaces every single day became not just a trend, but outfit protocol.