Why Vintage Costume Jewelry is Worth Collecting with Barbara Schwartz, Founder of TruFaux Jewels

Episode 23

Barbara Schwartz is a vintage jewelry costume expert and the founder of TruFaux Jewels, an online boutique of exquisite costume jewelry made in Europe and North America from the 1920s-1950s. With an eye for high-quality and unusual pieces, Barbara helps women select vintage costume jewelry that expresses their personal styles and makes a statement.

A sought-after speaker, Barbara has lectured on fashion and jewelry history at numerous conferences, including the Jewelry History Series. Her articles have been published in Adornment and The VFG News, as well as online by Costume Jewelry Collectors International, Kovels and Vintage Dancer. In addition to posts on jewelry history, her blog features tips for complementing modern fashion with vintage glamour.

Barbara is a member of the Association for the Study of Jewelry and Related Arts, American Society of Jewelry Historians, and Vintage Fashion Guild (VFG).

What you’ll learn in this episode:

  • Why costume jewelry became fashionable through the efforts of famous couture designers in the 1920s.
  • Why costume jewelry widely ranged in value and quality.
  • Why the Great Depression caused many fine jewelry makers to switch over to producing costume jewelry.
  • Why vintage costume jewelry has become popular again.
  • What to look for when collecting vintage costume jewelry.

How to contact Barbara Schwartz:

Episode Transcript

Sharon Berman