Vintage Costume Jewelry: Upcycled & Repurposed


Vintage costume jewelry is one of those things that's really fun to upcycle into something new. Why? Because...well, they're pretty, and sparkly, and girlie... and if you're lucky enough to inherit some from your family, the pieces have a special meaning, since they are a connection not only to the past, but to the past of someone you love.

Enamel flower pins, rhinestone brooches, orphaned earrings with clusters of pearls - even shoe clips have new life once they're upcycled into something new. Broken jewelry? There's a reason you kept it, isn't there? Check out the photos below and see what some creative folks have done with vintage costume jewelry and maybe you'll be inspired to go on an old jewelry treasure hunt of your own!
*One final note: Before you disassemble or repurpose any vintage jewelry, make sure it's not valuable! 





A few more versions of a vintage brooch bouquets...



Deposit for a gray brooch posy -- made to order

Deposit on a ruby red heirloom brooch bridal bouquet -- made-to-order bridal bouquet





Or redesign them into something entirely new...




Vintage Brooch Necklace






Vintage White Wedding & Gold Rhinestone Bridal Bracelet, Heirloom Floral Cluster Earring Bracelet OOAK



buckle using vintage jewelry Trash to Treasure: Ten DIY Projects Using Old Jewelry
Cute vintage jewelry belt buckle (above) and embellished purse (below) by Georgia Peachez


repurposed purse Trash to Treasure: Ten DIY Projects Using Old Jewelry


How about some home decor?






Jewelry tree




Victorian Embellished Metal Picture Frames covered in Vintage and Costume Jewelry Pearls and Handpainted Charms


Sparkling Baby Blue Crystal and Rhinestone Jeweled Picture Frame OOAK


Vintage Sparkle Wreath
















Napkin rings from old costume jewelry


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52 comments:

  1. Hello!!!! I've got here by Pinterest and loved it! What a nice blog! Congrats! If U like food and recipes, take a peek at my blog: www.saladaderucula.blogspot.com !

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  2. Such creative ideas...I really love the bouquets and the framed pieces on the black background.

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  3. Fun stuff! My favorite is the wreath.

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  4. These are just incredible! Brilliant ways to display these gorgeous collections.

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  5. Oh, love the floral arrangement in the jar and the bookmarks. And if I were getting married now, I would definitely want a bouquet! I wish I had my mother's costume jewelry .... I'll just have to look more closely at garage sales! Absolutely wonderful ideas!

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  6. Wow! There is so much you can do with vintage jewelry! I love a lot of these ideas and now I wish I had kept my mom's old jewelry...darn

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  7. Love this and all your ideas!! Thank you so much for sharing!!

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    1. Thanks for visiting! Glad you enjoyed the post.

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  8. Wonderful blog, fantastic ideas, gorgeous pictures. Now I'm overflowing with inspiration. Thanks. :)

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    1. Great! Glad you liked the post and found inspiration in it!

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  9. Thanks to these wonderful ideas I may be able to relinquish my hold on all the great jewelry that I have been hoarding and do something productive and fun with it.

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    1. That would be great! Might as well enjoy it, better than keeping it in a drawer!

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  10. Wow! So many awesome ideas! My mom offered me all her old costume jewelery before she passed away when I was in my early 20s but I thought it was old and ugly- THEN and declined! I wish I had I had her jewels now but I saw so many pieces in this post that reminded me of her. Thanks for posting. ♥

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  11. How could we not like these. I have my grandmothers from the early 1900's

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    1. That's wonderful - I'd keep that tucked away safe and sound :)

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  12. Very impressive and creative! I have acquired many vintage pieces of vintage jewelry, mostly with beads and have re-created other pieces with them. It is a great feeling to give them new life. What you have done here is very inspiring and very creative. I love your style. Thanks so much for sharing this with us. I am also sharing and pinning this blog!

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  13. Really enjoyed looking at all the ideas of what to do with old jewelry. Nice

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  14. WOW! That's all, WOW! and Thank You!!!!

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  15. These are fantastic!! Where do you get all of your jewelry to upcycle with?

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    1. Thrift shops and flea markets, and sometimes from friends/family. Ask people and they will give it to you when they are going through getting rid of things!

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  16. VERY IMPRESSIVE ITEMS.

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  17. Love ALL of this! I've had a shoebox of old jewelry just sitting "there" with my husband begging me to get rid of...who knew I was just waiting for this idea! Thank you!

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  18. Thanks for putting all these ideas together. I absolutely love them, esp the bouquets, framed art, and upcycled jewelry pieces - heck, I love them all :0) Definitely a case of the whole being greater than the sum of its parts. I've seen a lot of new necklaces in stores that are inspired by this trend of upcycling old brooches and earrings. They have the look, but are not vintage. Interesting how the trend of upcycling is inspiring new jewelry designers today.

    I've just started a collection of vintage jewelry pieces and have some odds and ends. Am debating whether to ultimately sell them to other artists or creating something new with them. Decisions. Decisions.

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  19. These ideas are amazing!

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  20. I love each and every one of these! I'm just starting a collection and now regret turning down some jewelry at flea markets, etc. Earrings don't have to be worn as earrings, they can become a bouquet! Thanks for a beautiful post..

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  21. What type of glue should I use if I wanted to the a frame or mirror?

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  22. I found your blog/post from Pinterest. I have a framed jewelry Christmas tree that my grandmother made. She made 5 of them (one for my mom and each of her 4 siblings)with her old costume jewelry, both great-grandmother's jewelry, and jewelry from anyone else in the family she could pawn it from. Ha! I remember when she made them, I thought she was little crazy... Although, she did let me pick the one I liked best and gave that one to my mom. I inherited it after my mom died. I have it hanging in my studio, I love all the memories that it holds.

    Ruthie

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  23. I am still dabbing at the drool on my chin! I also found you through Pinterest and glad I did. Now I just have to acquire a LOT of vintage jewelry!

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  24. So beautiful! I love those bouquets.It's amazing, you can really tell the old pieces. Great job!

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  25. You do some pretty inspiring stuff. I wish I could find the jewelry pieces. I live in Arizona and haven't found much by way of old costume jewelry at the yard sales. It's too expensive at the second hand shops. Nice site anyways. Your time and efforts are appreciated.

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  26. I would try doing the magnets and bracelets! Thank you for sharing this! I love your blog :)

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  27. Laura Beth Love............ you are AWE INSPIRING and AMAZING. Thank you for your blog. Please keep doing it - it is soooo appreciated by me and millions of other I am sure. God Bless.x

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    1. Beverly Hughes your kinds words have made my day. Thank you :)

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  28. Thanks for gathering all these gorgeous examples of creativity with vintage jewelry. How inspiring!

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