Uncovering the Best Online Resources for Vintage Jewelry Lovers

A while back, I compiled my top ten vintage jewelry book resources. While these books are invaluable, they can be increasingly hard to find and expensive as many are out of print. Though I have a deep love for physical books, I often turn to online resources to research trends, maker marks, and increase my jewelry knowledge. After all, with a wealth of information just a tap away on my smartphone, I can quickly research an item to make an informed purchase decision—plus, it's free!

Here are my go-to websites for vintage jewelry, clothing, and collectible research, categorized into general research & trends, jewelry marks & makers, and unmarked jewelry.

General Research & Trends

I visit these websites to enhance my knowledge about vintage costume jewelry, gemstones, trends and vintage in general.  While collecting vintage costume jewelry doesn't require following current trends, being aware of them can help you understand styles that are becoming popular again as well as making educated purchasing decisions.

Costume Jewelry Collectors International CJCI

    This site offers articles, guides, and forums on a wide range of topics. Learn about specific designers, identifying hallmarks, and jewelry care tips among other topics. Some of the most knowledgeable vintage costume jewelry collectors and sellers residing in the United States contribute to this site or attend its annual events.  The biggest con to this site is the frequency of new posts.  Visit www.costumejewelrycollectors.com

    The Vintage Fashion Guild

      Although not specific to jewelry, this site provides articles and guides on fashion timelines, vintage designers and . Featured is a directory of members and their specialties, a forum to ask questions, blog and articles on featured designers. Visit Home - Vintage Fashion Guild


        Pintrest isn’t just for inspiration as there are many jewelry loving users who pin helpful information, vintage jewelry advertisements (helps in dating items) and more.  You’ll find countless boards dedicated to specific designers, eras, and styles.  Check out my Pinterest board on jewelry designers & makers.

        Gem App

          You can access Gem App from an actual app or online through a browser.  This app compiles listings from multiple reselling platforms based on your search criteria in an easy to view format.  Sounds a bit like Google?  Not so as google shows ‘sponsored’ items at top of the page.  Gems goal – per their app: ‘Gem brings all online vintage and secondhand into one search’.  Bonus you can set alerts from Gem App, so you don’t have to from each individual platform.  In addition, you can filter by price, size, location, decade, gender or date added.  Also featured are in depth articles called ‘Gem Stories’.  Visit www.gem.app

          All About Jewels Glossary

            This glossary is a handy tool for looking up specific jewelry terms, stones, and makers. Many glossary terms hyperlink to longer articles, providing a comprehensive learning experience. Visit All About Jewels Glossary: A enchantedlearning.com

            Other Noteworthy Sites or Articles

            Jewelry Marks & Makers

            Identifying jewelry marks can be challenging, but these online resources can help not only identifying the maker yet aging the item.

            Morning Glory Antiques & Jewelry

              A fantastic resource for identifying and researching jewelry marks, with detailed information on a wide range of hallmarks and signatures. Visit www.morninggloryjewelry.com

              Costume Jewelry Collectors International CJCI

                CJCI offers a makers mark guide in alphabetical order.  Note – you need to select the letter of the alphabet in order to view the list. Visit Researching Costume Jewelry

                Unmarked Jewelry

                Unmarked jewelry can be just as valuable and beautiful as marked pieces. Here are some tools to help you identify them.  The following makers are examples that you'll find unmarked pieces:  DeLizza & Elster Julia, Schreiner, Miriam Haskell, Goldette, Whiting & Davis and Florenza.

                Julia DeLizza & Elster (D&E) Jewelry

                Schreiner Jewelry

                Miriam Haskell Jewelry

                Interesting Article

                  How to Identify Unmarked Costume Jewelry - Antique Trader

                  All Around Best Online Resource Google Lens

                  It may be no surprise, yet my go-to tool for purchasing or pricing decisions is Google Lens. For me this is the best starting point when evaluating a piece of vintage jewelry.  While it's not perfect, it improves daily with AI advancements.  For the best experience, I recommend downloading the app.

                  Using Google Lens with a physical piece of jewelry

                    From the google search bar, tap the camera icon and snap a pic of the item to get started.  Within a second images that match the pic will appear.  If you find none really match you can ‘Add to your search’ key words to help Google get closer to a match. 

                    Using Google Lens from a photo or screen shot

                      For online purchases, simply take screenshot of the item.  I generally will crop the screen capture.  Note, you could take a picture and it works the same way.  On the Iphone you then select the up arrow (as if to send the image) and scroll down to the option ‘Search with Google Lens’ and ‘View results’.

                      From the results I can compare pricing, determine if the item is ‘hard to find’ or fake, and thus make a better purchasing decision. 


                      These online resources are a treasure trove for vintage jewelry enthusiasts and collectors, offering a wealth of information and inspiration. If you have a favorite online resource for vintage jewelry research, please share it in the comments!  Next up, we'll explore Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, podcasts, and other social platforms for research.



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