Personalize Your Look with a Touch of Vintage Style

Danielle Olivia Tefft is a professional jewelry writer and fashion blogger. She is also a GIA accredited jewelry professional and the owner of online antique and vintage jewelry shop, Treasure Box Antiques. Current projects include writing jewelry and fashion articles for clients worldwide. When she is not writing, she spends time in the garden, spoiling her cats and traveling with her significant other. You can reach her at [email protected]

College years offer the perfect opportunity to develop your unique fashion sense. As you meet more and more fascinating people, you’ll experience fashion trends and style with an international flare. It’s an exciting and dizzying time. The entire world will be your runway. Embrace experimentation and you’ll quickly discover your favorite looks.
Once you pick a favorite look, the best way to personalize it and stand out from the masses is to wear vintage jewelry with your outfits. Vintage jewelry is defined as jewelry more than ten years old but less than 100 years old. (Yes, the vintage time period is a moving target!)
Are you a classic Ralph Lauren girl? Nothing looks more fabulous with button down shirts and wool blazers than bold gold or silver tone chokers from the 1950s. Do you wish you had been able to mingle with kindred souls at Woodstock? Large, beaded pendant necklaces from the 1960s and 1970s will resonate with your long skirts and hip-hugging jeans. Do you love the crisp, sculpted look of modernist and futuristic clothing? Colorful Swarovski crystal necklaces from the 1980s will add a dramatic contrast.
If necklaces aren’t really your thing, why not add a sparkling vintage rhinestone pin to your jacket or coat lapel? “Nobody wears pins anymore,” you say? Exactly. Stand out from the crowd by wearing a dazzling vintage beauty. I guarantee none of your envious friends will be able to find the same vintage pin when they try to copy your look.
Are you a romantic at heart? There are many beautiful vintage locket pins out there. Put cherished photos of your beloved or family in them. Then wear them close to your heart everywhere you go. Are you an animal lover? Cat and dog pins are ever popular with vintage jewelry collectors. Check out Lea Stein’s vintage Bakelite cat pins or those of Laurel Burch. You’ll want to wear these eclectic, artisan beauties every chance you get.
No matter what your style, you can use vintage jewelry to create your very own fashion look. You’ll be amazed at the quality and variety of styles available. Look for vintage pieces at antique stores, flea markets and garage sales. Believe it or not, your mother and grandmother wanted to be individuals, too. Trust me. There is an amazing array of vintage jewelry out there for every taste. You just have to go find it!
If you’re like me, once you fall for vintage jewelry, you won’t stop wearing or collecting it! I get compliments on my vintage jewelry every time I wear a piece. It’s unique and memorable. And it’s a great way to personalize trendy fashions and make them your own.
I know these things because vintage jewelry is an obsession for me. I own Treasure Box Antiques ( It’s an online shop filled with vintage jewelry. (I just can’t keep everything I buy!) I also write professionally about jewelry, gems and fashion. Do you love jewelry and fashion as much as I do? You can read and subscribe to my blog, Found in the Jewelry Box, at

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