The easy answer: maybe.
Surprised? We’ve all come to believe that costume jewelry means “fake,” and, therefore, not valuable. But the truth is that costume jewelry can fetch prices on par with fine jewelry because it’s valued by hold old it is, the condition, and who designed it. Fine jewelry? It might be worth nothing more than the scrap metal price.
Costume jewelry came into vogue around the 1930s; jewelry from before this era can be classified as antique. But not all costume jewelry created from that time is worth money today; much of it was not meant to endure beyond a given trend. Other jewelry, designed and intended for those with lower budgets, could be every bit as beautiful as the real thing—and still valuable.
Art Deco or Victorian costume jewelry can be especially valuable, especially if its signed by the designer. Miriam Haskell, William Hobe, and Hattie Carnegie are a few names of note. And pieces that don’t show much wear and have all the rhinestones intact are obviously going to be worth more than discolored or damaged pieces. These pieces in good condition can bring in more than the scrap price of fine jewelry.
Check your costume pieces for maker’s marks, which will help you identify designer and era. Then check auction sites, online jewelry guides, and books like How To Be A Jewelry Detective to help you determine value before you bring it to a pawn shop. And remember, Fort Lauderdale pawn shops are also great places to shop for vintage costume jewelry, so come on in and browse around!