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Jewelry History

Here are some other published books and online resources to help with understanding the history of costume jewelry. Learn about design and utility patents which are useful in identifying authentic vintage costume jewelry.

Learn about vintage costume jewelry

Books & Online Resources

Barbara's recommended books and online resources for those interested in the history of costume jewelry.

Costume Jewelry Design & Utility Patents

W. Goetz double clip brooch design patent drawing June 23, 1936

Utility Patents

Read about utility patents for costume jewelry, and how they can help identify the maker and the date a piece was made


Design Patents

Learn about costume jewelry design patents, and how they are different from utility patents.

Latest Blog Posts

Women Adorning Women: Who Were They?

Women Adorning Women: Who Were They?

Women’s History Month has inspired me to research and write about three women jewelry designers of the first half of the 20th century: Nettie Rosenstein, Elvira De Rosa and Maria...

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Holiday gift guide ideas

Holiday Gift Guide

Looking for unique vintage gifts? Our annual Holiday Gift Guide is full of ideas! Find authentic vintage costume jewelry and purses that are truly unique. See what's new, shop our...

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