By Danielle Olivia Tefft, Jewelry Writer
Everyone has a learning curve, when it comes to recognizing costume jewelry stones. It can be especially hard to learn to distinguish between types of “white” of clear stones. But that being said, I think some dealers who have been in the costume jewelry sales business for years are either incredibly lazy (for failing to learn what stones they sell) or downright deceiving.
I don’t want you to get caught by my biggest pet peeve: when a dealer lists a rhinestone or crystal as “cubic zirconia.”
No matter when I look online and do a search for vintage cubic zirconia jewelry on popular selling platforms like Ebay, Etsy, and Ruby Lane, I find at least one if not more dealers listing pre 1970s pieces containing cubic zirconia. This makes my blood boil.
Here is my biggest tell for you: Nothing and I mean Nothing has cubic zirconia stones if it was made prior to 1976.
Why? Because cubic zirconia is a made-in-the-laboratory diamond simulant developed in the 1960s. And Cubic Zirconia jewelry was not available to the general public until 1976.
Just like the first mass produced aurora borealis coated costume jewelry was made available to the public in 1955. But back to cubic zirconia……….
Knowing the 1976 mass production date for costume jewelry with cubic zirconia will help you in two ways:
Now, we have established that pieces made prior to 1976 must contain rhinestones, plain glass or crystals. But how do you tell if a piece of costume jewelry from the 1970s or later has cubic zirconia, rhinestones, plain glass or crystals? We’ll cover that in another blog article!
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Danielle Olivia Tefft is a professional writer with a lifelong passion for gems and jewelry. She is a GIA accredited jewelry professional and was the owner of online antique and vintage jewelry shop, Treasure Box Antiques for many years. Current projects include writing jewelry related web copy and blogs for clients worldwide. When she is not writing, she spends time in the garden, spoiling her cats and traveling with her significant other. Would you like to hire her? Would you like to advertise on her website or blog? Visit danielleoliviatefftwrites.com for clips, terms, her media kit and more information.
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