Jewelry Glue for Quick Repairs of Your Vintage Jewelry

Be Prepared – Have the Right Jewelry Glue on Hand

It’s happened to many of us. You’re getting ready for a special night out, take out one of your favorite jewelry pieces to wear and oh no – a stone falls out! Although I store my jewelry very carefully, on occasion I may find a loose stone when I’m ready to ship jewelry to a customer. That’s why I always inspect jewelry carefully before shipping it. If you have the right jewelry glue on hand you’ll be ready to quickly and easily fix that favorite piece.

Why a “Super” Type Glue is Not the Best Choice

You may be tempted to use a “super” adhesive. If your jewelry has a break in the metal, it might work for this purpose. Most jewelry makers, however, find that these super strong glues don’t dry clear, and have a rather rough finish. Because they aren’t designed to repair jewelry, they don’t have the “give” a good jewelry glue should have. If you drop your jewelry after the repair, the piece or the stone(s) might well shatter.

Here are some of the most popular jewelry glues that jewelry makers use to create and repair jewelry.

Glues to Repair Vintage Jewelry
Top Glues for Repairing Vintage Jewelry

1) G-S Hypo Cement

G-S Hypo Cement jewelry glue was originally created for watch makers, who use it to attach watch crystals. It’s very durable and dries clear. The tube has a long narrow tip, which allows for precise application. These features make it a favorite among jewelry makers. It’s often used to attached beads and pearls to jewelry wire. The applicator allows you to place small quantities of glue inside beads without creating a mess, and helps eliminate waste. It can be used with sealed or painted wood, plastic, glass, ceramics, metal, rhinestones, and all types of cabochons. It takes about 10 minutes to set and is fully hard and dry within an hour.


Here is a short video that shows how G-S Hypo Cement is used to glue beads to the end of a memory wire bracelet.

Clear here for purchasing information: G-S Hypo Cement Jewelry Glue

2) Aleene’s Jewel-It Embellishing Glue

Designed to permanently adhere jewels and embellishments to fabric, Aleene’s Jewel-It jewelry glue is great for use on washable and non-washable fabrics. The best choice for those who craft and sew, Jewel-It can also be used to set all kinds of jewelry stones: rhinestones, glass, plastic, and more. It sets quickly and dries clear and flexible. Jewel-It holds stones securely, which makes it a great jewelry glue, and it’s also a great general purpose craft glue.

Jewel-It can be used with jewels, plastic beads, glass beads, rhinestones, pearls, and sequins. When used with glass or metal, allow the glue to sit for ten minutes before setting the stone. If using Jewel-It on fabric, let it dry 24 hours before wearing or using, and let it cure for 7 to 10 days before washing.


This short video demonstrates how to use Aleene’s Jewel-It to create a sequined collar on a blouse:

Clear here for purchasing information: Aleene’s Jewel-It Jewelry Glue

3) E6000 Clear

E6000 is a high-performance industrial strength adhesive. It adheres to more surfaces than virtually any other adhesive and makes a great jewelry glue. You can use E6000 with wood, metal, glass, fiberglass, ceramics, masonry and concrete. It also adheres strongly to leather, rubber, vinyl and many plastics. It dries to a clear finish, making it an exceptional craft and jewelry adhesive. Jewelry makers like to use E6000 to attach metal jewelry findings, and to seal end knots on bead strands. Because it dries like rubber, it acts as a shock absorber, which protects pieces when they are dropped. It is safe to use with almost every type of gemstone.

E6000 starts getting tacky in approximately 2 minutes and begins setting in approximately 10 minutes. A full cure takes between 24 and 72 hours. It’s a great all-purpose adhesive that dries to a clear, waterproof finish. E6000 also comes in an easy-to-use spray bottle (see video below).


This video has some good tips for using E6000 with metal:


Here’s a short video that shows how to use E6000 to attach a bail to a glass pendant:


This video demonstrates using the E6000 spray glue:

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E6000 Craft and Jewelry Glue and E6000 Spray Adhesive, 8-Ounce

4) Epoxy 330 Clear Adhesive

Epoxy 330 works well when bonding gemstones to metal findings, which makes it a good choice as a jewelry glue. Crafters like it because it provides a polished look and bonds gem materials to metal findings, such as pendant bails, with a quick setting time. Epoxy 330 dries clear, so it also works well for creating inlay mosaic type designs.

Epoxy 330 comes in two tubes – one is the resin and the other is the hardener. You must mix the two together to create the glue. It is great for bonding glass, ceramic, stone, metal and other materials seamlessly back together again. The adhesive hardens in 15 minutes and finishes setting in two hours. Epoxy 330 can be exposed to a heat lamp to harden in 10 minutes.

Click here for purchasing information: Epoxy 330 Clear Adhesive

Some Tools and Tips for Resetting Stones

If you don’t have specialized jewelry tools, there are some common household items you can use. When replacing stones I like to have toothpicks, a toothbrush, and tweezers handy. I also like to place some paper towel or a flat piece of plastic over my work area, and a damp cloth or paper towel ready for any cleanup. To clean out the cup that holds the stone, I use a toothpick to remove old jewelry glue. The toothbrush can get into the smallest spaces to remove any dust and dirt, and the tweezers are great for picking up stones.

Vintage Jewelry Repair Tools
Household items you can use to set stones in jewelry

When applying jewelry glue, I like to use a toothpick to get a little bit of glue out of the tube and apply it to the cup. It works much better than squirting the glue out, which often results in too much glue. You only need to place a small amount into the cup – don’t use too much, fill the cup about half-way, as the glue will spread when you insert the stone. Place the stone using the tweezers, then press it into place gently using another clean toothpick and let it set.

Holding small rhinestones with tweezers can be awkward, so there’s a trick I sometimes use. Take a small piece of clear tape and roll it over so you have two sticky sides. Place the tape on your finger, then pick up the stone with the other sticky side of the tape. It usually holds the stone long enough to place it in the cup, but will easily come off once the stone is in the cup with the glue. Some people like to use a Wax Rhinestone Picker Pencil to pick up small stones. There’s also a great tool named Crystal Katana Tool from Beadsmith that has gotten great reviews from those who need to quickly apply many tiny stones.

Practice Makes Perfect

If you’ve never repaired jewelry, use some old junk jewelry for your first experiment. That way, you can practice on one or more pieces that you don’t care about and learn from any mistakes you might make.

Whichever glue you decide to use, read the directions carefully. Some glues require that you allow them to set for a few minutes before applying stones. If you don’t allow the proper setting time, the stones will adhere, but may fall out later on. Strong, industrial type glues, like Epoxy 330, require appropriate ventilation, due to the strength of their chemicals.

If you’d like to learn more about vintage jewelry, check out the recommended books on my site: My Classic Jewelry List of Vintage Jewelry Books.

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Vintage Rhinestones: Shapes and Types

Learn about Vintage Rhinestones

There are so many types of rhinestones used in vintage jewelry. If you are new to vintage jewelry, or jewelry in general, it can be confusing to learn about the different types of stones. This article covers the basics, to help you identify the most common types of vintage rhinestones. You’ll feel like an expert in no time!

What are Rhinestones?

Originally, the term “rhinestone” described rock crystals found in the river Rhine, which flows from the Swiss Alps through Germany and France, and empties into the Netherlands. In the 18th century, rhinestones became more abundant when jeweler Georg Friedrich Strass tried coating the bottom of glass stones with metal powder. This gave the glass a sparkle that simulated diamonds. In many European countries, rhinestones are called “strass.”

Many variations and improvements have occurred over the years, and today rhinestones can be made from crystals, glass, or acrylic. The bottoms of the stones are usually coated with a thin layer of gold or silver colored “foil” which gives the stones a nice sparkle.

Vintage Rhinestones Shapes

The most common rhinestone shape is the “chaton,” which is round. Another popular shape is the “marquise,” which is a diamond shape. Very narrow diamond shaped rhinestones are called “navettes.” Rhinestones can also be oval, teardrop, square, or rectangular. Long rectangular stones are called “baguettes.” Specialty rhinestones come in a variety of shapes, such as hearts and flowers. The flower shaped “margarita” rhinestones can be found on many vintage pieces.

This chart shows photos of the most common shapes for vintage rhinestones.

Basic Shapes for Vintage Rhinestones
Photos of Vintage Jewelry with Basic Rhinestone Shapes

Most vintage rhinestones are faceted on the sides to create a nice sparkle, and have a flat table-style top and a pointed back. Rivoli rhinestones, however, are inverted, with the pointed end at the top. Flat back rhinestones are used mostly for rhinestones that are glued to clothing. The flat surface helps the stones adhere to the fabric.

Vintage Rhinestone Sizes

Rhinestones are sized using three different measurement systems used to size rhinestones, which can make things a little confusing. They are ss (stone size), mm (millimeter), and pp (pearl plate). Pearl plate refers to a plate or card with holes in ascending sizes used to measure pearls and rhinestones. You just drop the stone into the hole that fits to determine its size.

The most common measurement is millimeter. Sites that sell rhinestones will often indicate the sizes in more than one measurement. This can be helpful if you need to replace a vintage rhinestone in a favorite piece. Many sites have a helpful rhinestone size chart that you can print out, like the one shown here from M&J Trimming.

Vintage Rhinestones: M&J Trimming Rhinestone Size Chart
Typical Rhinestone Size Chart from M&J Trimming

You can download this chart from the M&J Trimming web site using the following link: M&J Trimming Rhinestone Size Chart

Treatments for Vintage Rhinestones

As mentioned earlier, rhinestones are generally “foiled,” which means they have a silver or gold metallic coating on the bottom to give the stones extra sparkle and shine. In 1955 Swarovski created the Aurora Borealis finish, a coating for the tops of stones to give them a rainbow quality similar to the Northern Lights, hence the name “Aurora Borealis.”

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If you’d like to learn more about vintage rhinestones and vintage jewelry in general, check out the recommended books on my site: My Classic Jewelry List of Vintage Jewelry Books.

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Vintage Jewelry Resource Sites – My Top 10

Here’s My List of Top 10 Vintage Jewelry Resource Sites!

People often ask me how to research a piece of costume jewelry. There are many research sites out there, and I’ve compiled my Top 10 list. I’ve created an infographic for the list, with details for each site below. These are not in any particular order, but they are the ten sites I access most often when researching vintage jewelry.

NOTE: You can find them all in one place at MyClassicJewelry.com/Resources and bookmark that page for convenience.

Top Ten Vintage Jewelry Resource Sites
Top Ten Vintage Jewelry Resource Sites

1) JulianaJewelry.net

This site has educational resources for Juliana jewelry. Juliana was a line of jewelry produced by DeLizza & Elster (D&E) during the mid 20th Century. D&E and Juliana pieces are very beautiful and collectible. Since the jewelry came with a hang tag and was not signed, it’s important to know how to identify it properly. In addition to educational information, there are many photos of confirmed D&E and Juliana pieces and pieces that have been examined and ruled out as D&E or Juliana. Link: JulianaJewelry.net

2) 925-1000.com

The Online Encylopedia of Silver Marks, Hallmarks, and Makers’ Marks is my “go to” site for silver hallmarks. The site is a great resource for silverware, as well as silver jewelry. It has a section for American Silver Marks, International Silver Marks by country, and other related resources. They’ve recently added a section for Silverplate Trademarks. There’s a forum for asking questions, and some educational articles. The site describes itself as follows: “925-1000.com is the most extensive internet resource for research of Silver Marks, Hallmarks, Trademarks & Maker’s Marks found on Antique and Vintage silver.” I agree and highly recommend this site. Link: 925-1000.com

3) JewelryPatents.com

The most comprehensive database of vintage jewelry patents. Prior to 1955, jewelry designs were not protected by copyright law. The manufacturers invested a great deal of time and money creating their designs, so they applied for patents to protect them. The patent documents are works of art in themselves, because they include the designers’ original drawings. The U.S. Patent office database is not very user friendly. Google Patents is much better, but you do need to know what you are looking for. JewelryPatents.com has jewelry patents and only jewelry patents. You can search by company, date ranges, or patent number ranges (great when you can’t read a digit or two on a piece you have). Link: JewelryPatents.com

4) IllusionJewels.com/costumejewelrymarks.html

This site has articles about designers, vintage jewelry catalogs and brochures, and some vintage ads and patents. But the pages I use the most are the signature pages at the top. There’s a page for each letter of the alphabet with photos and text explaining the various signatures. In some cases there are also dates for the signatures. This site is well worth exploring to increase your vintage jewelry knowledge. Link: IllusionJewels.com/costumejewelrymarks.html

5) Gemstone.org

This is the official site of the International Colored Gemstone Association. Although not specific to vintage jewelry, I find it very helpful when researching vintage pieces with gemstones. There is a wealth of information about colored gemstones with excellent photos that show the many varieties of gemstones. Like most of these resource sites, you can spend a lot of time looking, reading, and learning. This site has helped me to identify stones in vintage pieces. Even when I can’t pinpoint the stone exactly, I can at least narrow it down to a few possibilities. Link: Gemstone.org

6) NatChain.com

This is the site of the National Chain Group, which manufactures all types of jewelry chains. Whenever I have a necklace or bracelet with an unusual chain, I go directly to this site and click the “Catalog” link. The names of the chains are listed on the left, and as you click each one, you’ll see very nice photos of that chain style from very thin and delicate to super thick and chunky. After a while, you’ll get pretty good at identifying the most common chain types, such as cable, curb, rope, and snake. Link: NatChain.com

7) ArtBeads.com

In addition to selling all types of beads and jewelry-making supplies, this site has a wealth of educational information. They have a very extensive Learning Center for jewelry makers, which comes in very handy for those of use who need to make a quick repair on a piece of jewelry. They also have a number of “how to” videos. But if all you need to do is find out what kind of beads your jewelry has, just click the “Beads” link on the left and view the photos to see what you have. Link: ArtBeads.com

8) MorningGloryAntiques.com

Like IllusionJewels.com, the Morning Glory Antiques site has a lot of reference material, such as jewelry marks, articles, ads, catalogs, and some patents. They have an especially good section on Victorian jewelry, with lovely photos. A great sight to browse, look, and learn. Link: MorningGloryAntiques.com

9) CollectorsWeekly.com/Costume-Jewelry

This site has some very nice articles about costume jewelry types, designers, materials, and themes. Each article has a sidebar on the right with photos and links to the most watched eBay auctions in that category. In addition to Costume Jewelry, there are sections for Fine Jewelry, Wristwatches, Clothing, Accessories, and more. If you’d like to see what’s currently popular in vintage jewelry, this is a good site to visit. Link: CollectorsWeekly.com/Costume-Jewelry

10) MyClassicJewelry.com/Trifari/Marks

This is my own site. I’ve sold a lot of Trifari jewelry over the years and my simple guide shows the Trifari jewelry marks with information about when each mark was used. A great little tool to help you date your Trifari jewelry. Link: MyClassicJewelry.com/Trifari/Marks

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Napier Vintage Jewelry Information and Company History

Vintage Napier Jewelry Bold Faux Tortoise Lucite Set

A Brief History of The Napier Company

Originally founded as Whitney and Rice in 1875 in North Attleboro, Massachusetts. At that time the company specialized in silver products, such as silver watch chains for men. Later, the company became Carpenter and Bliss, then the E.A. Bliss Company. In 1890 the company expanded and moved to Meriden, Connecticut. During the World War I years, jewelry production was suspended as the company manufactured war-related products, such as medals and medallions.

After the war the company focused on producing jewelry. James H. Napier became the company’s president and the company was renamed to the Napier Bliss Company. In 1922 the name was changed to The Napier Company. James Napier continued as head of the company until 1960. In 1999 the company was purchased by Victoria and Company, which closed the plant in 1999. Napier jewelry is still produced today overseas as part of the Jones Apparel Group.

Jewelry Styles in the Pre-World War II Era

As mentioned, after World War I, the company focused on jewelry production. In 1925 James Napier attended the Paris World’s Fair, and was greatly influenced by European and Paris fashions. He brought back many of those designs, which were incorporated into the company’s jewelry. During the 1920s and 1930s, many Napier pieces featured Egyptian inspired themes, with symbols such as scarabs, cobras, King Tut, and Osiris and Isis. The company became highly successful and Napier jewelry was worn by movie stars, such as Lana Turner and Sonja Henie.

Mid Century Magic

During the 1940s and early 1950s Sterling Retro jewelry was all the rage. Because of the need for base metals during World War II, costume jewelry manufacturers produced Sterling Silver pieces, often plated with a gold vermeil finish. The photos below show a lovely Napier Vintage Jewelry Rose Brooch made of Sterling Silver with Rose Gold Vermeil and a Napier Sterling Silver Circle Links Bracelet with a Yellow Gold Vermeil finish.

Napier Vintage Jewelry 1940s Retro Sterling Silver Rose Gold Vermeil Flower Brooch
Napier Vintage Jewelry 1940s Retro Sterling Silver Rose Gold Vermeil Flower Brooch
Napier Vintage Jewelry Bracelet 1950s Sterling Silver Large Circle Links
Napier Vintage Jewelry Bracelet 1950s Sterling Silver Large Circle Links – SOLD!

During the 1950s Napier promoted their jewelry by presenting gifts to contestants of the Miss America Pageant. The company also presented a bracelet with an elephant design to First Lady Mamie Eisenhower, which she wore often and considered one of her favorite pieces of jewelry.

Napier Vintage Jewelry Goes Bold

Reaching its peak of popularity in the 1950s and 60s, Napier vintage jewelry pieces span a wide array of styles. Some feature faux pearls and beads, large gold or silver plated chains, and colorful enamel. Napier also created earrings, necklaces and bracelets with milk glass beads or art glass charms. The company also produced a line of sterling silver pieces. Napier vintage jewelry is known for its modern designs incorporating geometric shapes and floral motifs, similar to popular mid century Mexican and Scandinavian designs.

Chunky bracelets, large brooches, and bold button style earrings were also manufactured by Napier. The chunky Lucite set below features bold Lucite beads with a beautiful color and glow, which simulates Tortoise shell.

Vintage Napier Jewelry Bold Faux Tortoise Lucite Set
Vintage Napier Jewelry Bold Faux Tortoise Lucite Set – SOLD!


If you’d like to see the Vintage Napier Jewelry Chunky Faux Tortoise Lucite Set “live,” check out my video:

Here’s the link to this fabulous set in my Etsy Shop: Napier Vintage Jewelry Bold Faux Tortoise Lucite Necklace and Bracelet Set at My Classic Jewelry Etsy Shop

Recommended Reading for Napier Vintage Jewelry

If you’d like to learn more about Napier vintage jewelry, here is a wonderful book.

The Napier Co. Defining 20th Century American Costume Jewelry

The Napier Co.: Defining 20th Century American Costume Jewelry (Hardcover), by Melinda L. Lewis

This book has become an essential reference and guide for both collectors and sellers of Napier vintage jewelry. Published in January 2013, it details the history of the Napier Company and its beautiful costume jewelry.

With 1012 pages, 250,000 words of text and descriptions, and over 4,000 pictures, it explains how the company developed its jewelry style over the decades and provides details on findings, materials, and designs, so that collectors can properly date Napier pieces.

Not simply a reference book, you will also thoroughly enjoy the story of the Napier company and its people.

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Free YouTube Webinar: Grow Your YouTube Channel

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Free YouTube Webinar Helps you Grow Your Channel

I’m on YouTube – are you? My channel is very new and I’m only just starting to get a handle on how to organize and market it. So I’m very excited to be attending this free YouTube webinar next week: How to Grow a YouTube Channel. Here’s the video that explains it. There’s a link in the video so you can attend, too.

Learning About YouTube

I’ve been on a “learning binge” the last couple of weeks to improve my marketing efforts for this blog and my YouTube channel, My Classic Jewelry Shop (click banner or link below to view). Finding this free YouTube webinar was a stroke of luck for me.

My Classic Jewelry Shop YouTube Channel
My Classic Jewelry Shop YouTube Channel

While searching for “how to” information on YouTube, I came across Steve’s “Mastering YouTube Playlists” video which gave me some useful tips about using YouTube playlists. You can watch the video below. For example, I didn’t know that you could create a “series” playlist. When someone finishes watching a video from the series, YouTube automatically recommends the next video in the series.

I’ve only just subscribed to Steve Dotto’s Dottotech YouTube channel, and I feel like I’ve fallen into a gold mine! Steve has over 500 videos that focus on how to deliver great content for YouTube. He also has some great advice regarding how to get started with good audio, lighting, video, and software. You can check out his channel here by clicking the banner or link below.

Free YouTube Webinar Dottotech YouTube Channel by Steve Dotto
Dottotech YouTube Channel by Steve Dotto

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TRIFARI Vintage Necklace Pink Enamel Rhinestones Pendant

Pretty in Pink Trifari Vintage Necklace!

Isn’t this Trifari vintage necklace beautiful? It was made in the late 1980s to early 1990s and is signed “TRIFARI ™.” Trifari ™ pieces were often sold on QVC—can’t you just imagine a QVC hostess showing this and trying it on?

I just love the creamy pink enamel pendant with sparkling rhinestones. The thick gold plated chain lies beautifully on the neck. Wear this any place, any time. It looks great with either dressy or casual outfits.

TRIFARI Vintage Necklace Pink Enamel Rhinestones Pendant

TRIFARI Vintage Necklace Pink Enamel Rhinestones Pendant Thick Goldtone Chain, (96.50 USD), by My Classic Jewelry on Etsy

New to Trifari Vintage Jewelry?

If you’ve never worn a Trifari vintage necklace, this is a wonderful first piece to own. It’s very beautiful, but also very well made, and will last for many years. I’m always amazed whenever I find even older Trifari pieces in such wonderful condition. It’s a testament to the company’s high quality standards and the care and pride of the workers.

I’ll be posting an article about the history of the Trifari company. In the meantime, check out my guide on the various Trifari vintage jewelry signatures: Trifari Vintage Jewelry Marks

Shop for Trifari Vintage Jewelry Now!

Here’s some beautiful Trifari vintage jewelry for sale in my Etsy shop, including the gorgeous Trifari vintage necklace pictured above.

Trifari Vintage Jewelry at My Classic Jewelry on Etsy
Beautiful Trifari Vintage Jewelry for sale at My Classic Jewelry on Etsy

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Vintage Cocktail Ring Red Oval Glass Solitaire Rhinestones Size 7

This is Such a Lovely Vintage Cocktail Ring!

I love wearing a vintage cocktail ring. When I don’t have time to decide what jewelry to wear, I can quickly slip on a ring and make that my feature jewelry of the day. I usually have one favorite ring that I wear for a period of time, then switch to another.

This particular vintage cocktail ring has a beautiful oval shaped red glass stone. The stone is faceted and throws off a nice sparkle. The clear rhinestones that frame it also have a great sparkle. The gold plated band is a size 7, but can be adjusted slightly for a larger or smaller size.

Vintage Red Oval Glass Solitaire Cocktail Ring Rhinestones Size 7

Vintage Red Oval Glass Solitaire Cocktail Ring Rhinestones Size 7 (32.50 USD) by My Classic Jewelry

Symbolism of Wearing Rings

There’s a lot of symbolism regarding rings. Throughout the ages, wearing rings on specific fingers have had special meanings. In ancient times people believed that the ring finger (third finger from the thumb) had a special vein that ran directly to the heart. One of the most widely known traditions is to wear the wedding and engagement rings on the left hand ring finger. However, the Eastern Orthodox tradition is to wear them on the right hand.

The index finger (next to the thumb) has long been considered a symbol of authority and power. Hundreds of years ago it was common for men to wear a signet or crest ring on the index finger. In some parts of Europe men were forbidden to wear rings unless they were of a certain rank, as the ring symbolized family status.

The pinky finger doesn’t usually have any religious or cultural significance. Since it is the furthest from the body, rings worn on the pinky are very eye-catching. If you want to get attention, wear a great looking vintage cocktail ring on your pinky.

About the Cocktail Ring

The vintage cocktail ring has its origins in the 1920s during Prohibition. Stylish flappers liked to wear large bold rings as they sipped their drinks at the speakeasy. It fit in with the flamboyant style of the times. This custom continued into the 1950s and 1960s when cocktail parties (now legal) were all the rage. Some of the best vintage rings were made during that mid century era, so you’ll rarely go wrong choosing a vintage cocktail ring from that time. Women still love to wear big bold rings today – it’s a great way to dress up any outfit.

Buy a Vintage Cocktail Ring at My Classic Jewelry on Etsy

Vintage Cocktail Rings for Sale at the My Classic Jewelry Etsy shop
Vintage Cocktail Rings available for sale at the My Classic Jewelry Etsy Shop

Special Styles of the Vintage Cocktail Ring

If you are looking for a great vintage cocktail ring, many styles are available. There are cameos, large single stones (solitaires), multi-stone rings, perfume and/or poison rings, watch rings, and more. Large domed, multi-stone rings with lots of sparkle are especially eye catching.

No matter what type of ring you choose, vintage cocktail ring or new, genuine gemstone or costume jewelry, just choose something you love and wear it with style!

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Vintage Tupperware Party from the 1960s! Remember This?

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Tupperware Then: 1960s

Does anyone remember Tupperware parties? Here’s a great little video ad promoting a 1960s Vintage Tupperware party. I love looking at the clothing, hairstyles, and of course, the vintage jewelry!

The video intrigued me, so I began searching for Tupperware and discovered that it’s still very popular today.

Tupperware Now: Actual Tupperware Party Hosted in 2010

Here is a video of a modern Tupperware party. I just love all of the pretty colors and shapes. Check out the new small containers you can hang in your fridge. At this party, the hostess actually makes some party snacks for her guests. Smart move, I bet she sells a lot!

Current Tuppwerware Ads

My next stop was the Tupperware company’s channel on YouTube. Here is one of their promotional videos. It also features vintage Tupperware and gives a history of Brownie Wise, the first “Tupperware Lady.”

What a great little story! The Tupperware channel has a lot of other videos, too. Most of them were designed to help Tupperware reps. If you or anyone you know is interested in selling Tupperware, you can check out their channel at Tupperware Channel on YouTube.

Vintage Tupperware for Sale

So I wondered – is there a market for vintage Tupperware? I headed over to Etsy and voila! I found over 3,900 pieces of vintage Tupperware for sale. You can shop by type and/or color. Click the photo to take a peek!

Vintage Tupperware for Sale on Etsy shown on www.myclassicjewelry.com/blog/vintage-style-memories/vintage-tupperware-party
Lots of sellers on Etsy are selling vintage Tupperware

Do you know anyone who hosts Tupperware parties or do you host them yourself? I’d love to hear about it. Please let me know in the Comments section below.

And if you need some classy vintage jewelry to wear to your next Tupperware party, check out my Etsy Shop:

Vintage Charm Bracelet Drinks Bar Tavern Cocktail Waitress

Vintage Enamel Cocktails Charm Bracelet

This Vintage Charm Bracelet is a Wonderful Gift for a Cocktail Waitress

This lovely vintage charm bracelet features enamled martinis, Manhattans, tropic drinks and more, with an easy close magnetic clasp. It’s a nice longer length at 8 inches,too. So colorful and unique!

Charm bracelets have been popular since ancient times. The types of charms reflected the times. For example, in Ancient Rome Christians used the ichthys (fish) symbol as a charm to identify themselves. During the Middle Ages, knights wore amulets and charms for protection. Queen Victoria revived the popularity of charms during her reign. Lockets, pendants, and charms were worn as decorative jewelry. Many of them had engraved family crests.

ALT IMG: Fabulous Vintage Enamel Cocktail Charms Bracelet from www.myclassicjewelry.com/blog/vintage-jewelry-for-sale/vintage-charm-bracelet-drinks-bar-tavern-cocktail-waitress Enjoy and share!

During World War II soldiers brought back little metal charms as souvenirs. These were made by the local artisans where the soldiers served. This created another wave of popularity for the charm bracelet, and jewelry manufacturers were quick to cash in.

In the 1950s and 1960s big, chunky charm bracelets were all the rage. The bracelet chains were very thick and the charms big – the bigger the better. A thick charm bracelet chock full of charms was a real status symbol.

If you are interested in the history of the charm bracelet, here’s a great book: Charmed Bracelets by Tracey Zabar

People love to collect vintage charm bracelets and vintage charms – it’s quite a passion. Victorian era charms are highly prized, with their romantic themes and symbolism. “Puffy heart” charms with fancy scroll work and nice detail are among the most popular. Enameled travel charms with city or country flags or crests are also very popular.

This particular vintage charm bracelet dates from the 1970s or 1980s and has a fun party theme with its many colorful cocktail drinks. Very charming!

Fabulous Vintage Enamel Cocktail Charms Bracelet, 36.50 USD by My Classic Jewelry