If you’re canny, you can spot what might become valuable based on the catwalk, design collaborations and even TV and films:
- TV’s Mad Men added 30-40 per cent in value to 50s and 60s Regency costume jewellery such as cuff bracelets, ornate brooches and statement necklaces.
- The film Pretty Woman sent sales of vintage Swarovski gem necklaces through the roof
- Sex and the City made 1930s style ladies cocktail rings (made by Tiffany, Raymond Yard, Craig Even Small and David Webb) triple in value because it’s protagonist Carrie Bradshaw wore them.
- Versace’s collaboration with H&M and Lady GaGa wearing the brand meant it’s costume jewellery from 1980s onwards (heavy goldplated coin bracelets, sun-shaped earrings and jewelled skull rings) all went up in value.
What’s trending this season:
A return to 70s retro (flared trousers, cheese cloth) means that heavy brass jewellery is going to be big. If you have any heavy plaque necklaces, coiled metal rings or earrings from the 70s, it could be worth getting them valued now.