Lakeville, MN (PRWEB) June 30, 2006
As the summer heats up, fashionistas are adding sizzle to their summer wardrobes with vintage Art Deco jewelry. Michelle Webb, owner of Michelle's Vintage Jewelry (http://www.michellesvintagejewelry.com), identified the trend early this year. "Vintage jewelry is always in style, but 1920s-era pieces are definitely hot right now," she said.
How do you spot Art Deco vintage jewelry? "Look for geometric lines, symmetry, bold enamels, and Czech glass," said Webb. "Flapper-length sautoir necklaces and rock crystals defined the 1920s, while Bakelite and chrome were popular in the 1930s." A necklace, for example, might have faceted art glass beads in contrasting colors, while a bracelet might have square cut crystal links set in chromium or sterling.
According to Webb, vintage jewelry - whether Art Deco or pieces from later eras - have a distinctive appearance that's hard to miss. "The older pieces are made from a higher content lead crystal, which gives them more sparkle," she said. "Just like antique furniture develops a rich color, vintage jewelry stands out because it has a special patina."
Webb, who has 3,000 pieces of vintage jewelry in her inventory, encourages both casual and serious collectors to showcase their pieces. "Vintage jewelry is the ultimate wearable art," she said. "It's meant to be worn, not only as a fashion statement, but also as a reflection of a woman's personality." Webb wears pieces from her personal collection nearly every day. "When I go to formal functions, I like to wear the glitzier pieces, but I wear vintage jewelry with jeans all the time."
Webb not only expresses herself through her vintage jewelry, but she also takes note of the attention it brings. "I used to own an expensive collection of diamonds, yet I hear many more comments and compliments when I wear my vintage pieces. Contemporary diamonds are beautiful, but they just don't have the artistic flair that vintage jewelry has."
This summer, that flair is sparkling and shimmering around the necks and wrists of women around the country who have embraced the renaissance of Art Deco vintage jewelry.
For more information or to schedule and interview, please contact Michelle Webb at (952) 985-7577 or visit the website at http://www.michellesvintagejewelry.com