The Preservation of Vintage & Contemporary Costume Jewelry with Rosie Sayyah, Owner of Rhinestone Rosie

Episode 66

What you’ll learn in this episode:

  • The history of costume jewelry from its invention in the 19th century to the modern era.
  • How rhinestones vary by type, quality and color.
  • Rosie’s approach to repairing jewelry so that it looks like new.
  • What rhinestone and costume jewelry trends we’ll see in the coming year.

About Rosie Sayyah:

Rosie Sayyah has been selling and repairing vintage and estate jewelry from her shop, Rhinestone Rosie, in Seattle since 1984. In the early 1980s, Rosie felt her family tradition of dealing in antiques calling to her. Upon leaving her corporate career in television, she decided to open a jewelry store that not only had unique, exciting items for sale, but also where she could restore greatness to jewelry that had fallen into disrepair. Teaching herself about vintage costume and estate jewelry culture and repair through books, hobby shops, and hands-on experience, Rosie has become a national expert in the field. In the late 1990s, she began appearing regularly on “Antiques Roadshow” on PBS TV and continues today as one of their expert appraisers.

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Episode Transcript

Sharon Berman