Tips on Repairing and Fakes of Costume Jewelry

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I’m going to touch briefly on repairing your costume jewelry. If you do not know anything about repairing your finds, don’t take any chances. When in doubt, find a reputable jeweler. You could easily devalue your item in an instant. Repairing your costume jewelry is an art. It has to be practiced daily to know how to take out the stones, the use of the right tools, what types of glue to use if any, and the matching of the stones is a precise science. The matching of a clasp, the right fish hook closure, they all need to be from the same era or your piece will have lost a major portion of its value. If you are in doubt, don’t take the chance; find a jeweler that deals in vintage costume jewelry.

If you feel you can glue a missing rhinestone or faux pearl and you have found a match, use slow drying epoxy glue. Do not use any type of household glue, this could eat away the foil backing on rhinestones and make your piece dull looking. You can purchase epoxy glue for jewelry repair at most craft stores or jewelry supply stores.

Fake Costume Jewelry

Just a precautionary note about fakes. With the rising interest in vintage jewelry, fakes are everywhere. Some fakes pieces are poorly made and easy to spot right away. However, there are some very cleaver people out there who will do just about anything to get your money, including some dealers. Some thieves are using old techniques and old rhinestones to make new jewelry. Get to know the designer marks, names and labels. Know the dealer you purchase items from. Even though the label and tags can be copied, there are certain things to look out for, such as: check the items over carefully, does the back pin stick out more than the broach.

Tips on Repairing and Fakes of Costume Jewelry

Does the item look too new? Older pieces will have some wear on the metal; possibly some of the stones could be loose. Check the stones to see if they have been glued. You will notice some glue around the stone or the stone may be dull and lifeless. Does the item look too big for the period? If it’s sterling silver, make sure you see a silver mark or makers mark on the piece of jewelry. Let’s say you find a piece that is marked or has a tag on it that says “Original Eisenberg”. If the price is very low, under $100, you should question the purchase. Knowing that an “Original Eisenberg” sells for mega bucks. You might get lucky and the seller has no clue what he/she has, but chances are it’s a fake. Just be extremely cautious.