Vintage Costume Jewelry: Yesterday’s Fashion Today

Jewelry, whether fine or costume, has been a part of human culture since the earliest times. People wear jewelry to satisfy their vanity, to indulge their love for beautiful things, and to look good to others. Vintage costume jewelry fulfills all these criteria, but at a fraction of the cost of real or fine jewelry. It is an inexpensive alternative that does not sacrifice taste as well as style.

Vintage costume jewelry may be less expensive, but good quality ones are never seen as cheap. They are less costly because they are not made from precious gems. Designers of vintage costume jewelry use a variety of materials from cut glass, beads, semi-precious gems, faux gems — even plastic! These pieces were created and released since the start of the Victorian era up to the 1960s. Vintage costume jewelry from the 1940s and 1950s are especially creative and eye-catching, since the designers of the era had to produce relatively inexpensive yet fashionable items that men and women could afford and appreciate during the war and post-war era.

Some of the most popular designers of vintage costume jewelry were fashion guru Coco Chanel, Elsa Schiaparelli and Miriam Haskell. Many of Schiaparelli’s bright and attractive creations were made from multi-colored rhinestones. Haskell, in her finely detailed work, almost always paid tribute to nature’s beauty and bounty. Chanel, the favorite of many celebrities, transformed the way costume jewelry was worn in the 1920s. Other pieces of vintage costume jewelry were made from materials that included beads, corals, faux pearls, and Bakelite — a kind of polymeric plastic.

Vintage costume jewelry continues to be very much in vogue today, and it has inspired many designers to create ‘real’ pieces made from precious gems and metals. At the 2005 Academy Awards, the jewelry that many women celebrities wore were oversized and sparkly, a tribute to the jewelry designs of the 1940s. Stars such as Madonna, Britney Spears, and Julia Roberts are not only collectors of vintage costume jewelry and dress accessories; they actually wear them in public, too.

A person does not have to be a celebrity to appreciate vintage costume jewelry. Their uniqueness, aesthetic value and superb craftsmanship make them popular collectible items, and with proper care, they can be a good investment, too, since serious collectors will pay top dollar for vintage costume jewelry that is in mint condition. But more than that, the experience of owning and wearing a thing of beauty that comes from a bygone era is simply priceless.

History of Fashion and Its Curse

General Description.

Taste and method of fashion varies from time to time, place to place, country to country and culture to culture. Fashion is one of the important factors of personality building. It is also one of the most prominent wishes of human beings because everyone want to have a beautiful personality. The people adopt many ways for satisfaction of this want. Most of the people define fashion with bright clothes and twinkling make-up etc. But in my opinion, it is the way by which we can improve our personality and also satisfy our wants and wishes. Moreover, it has a strong social impact.

Fascination of Fashion.

No doubt it is an age of fashions and glamour. The fascination of fashion is particularly very strong in our cities. Adults as well as teenagers know fully well the social importance of fashions. Everyone wants to become smart and point of inspiration. The craze to look smart and up-to-date is becoming stronger. Moreover, most of the companies prefer smart individuals apart from their intelligent mind caliber.

Main Factors of Fashion.

The garments industry is one of the main factors in developing in the fashion industry. This industry has deputed electronic, print media and internet for advertisements. They introduced new models and new advertising methodology in order to create fashion craze among the public. We can say that attractive advertisements and films are mainly responsible for this craze. The T.V. commercials and the press have also affected and captured the imagination of the people.

Role of Overseas Pakistani.

A lot of Pakistani are working abroad. They are playing an important role in development of this industry. Abroad Pakistani have exposure with foreign cultures. They are well aware of fashion and its importance. They are trying to import new fashions to Pakistan and invest more money in this sector. These investors have given a new look to this industry. Shopping plazas and markets have sprung up everywhere. Foreign designs and elegant dress-making are very much in demand. There are full-page coloured pictures of fashion-wears, powders, perfumes and cosmetics every week. Fabrics, footwear, furniture, fast food and video films have become the fashion of the day.

Flow of Fashion.

It spreads like the fire of a orest. The People in cities seem to have given themselves away to shifting fashions. Fashions move like windstorms. The glitter of advertisements makes everything most beneficial. We should realize its advantages and disadvantages, because all that glitters may not be gold in some cases.

Advantages / Disadvantages

I we use the fashion in correct way then it has many advantages. It shows us decorum of society. We can decorate ourselves and our houses with latest ideas of fashion. It shows us prudent consumption and expenditure of money. It helps us in saving of money, if we follow the right fashion in right time. The main example is seasonal clothes. One of its main disadvantage is waste of time and money. If we do not show flexibility then it became more harmful.

Healthy Start-Ups And Its Challenges

While an idea may be the genesis of an entrepreneurial venture, it’s the economic viability that defines its success. Drawing an analogy from the above statement, it is fair to state that while starting up a venture may be convenient to achieve, expansion of the business requires certain funding requirements apart from the initial seed capital. One of the common methods of infusing additional capital into the business is seeking external third party’s investment through private placement. Being less compliance-oriented from a regulatory standpoint, such investments in the equity share capital of the company are commonly preferred through private equity funds or venture capital funds. The entity making such investments may be referred to as the “Investor” for purposes of further discussions.

Third Party Investments:

Seeking third party’s investment in the business is a viable option for the industry and there are several professionally managed private equity funds and venture capital funds that are willing to fund the business through investments in the company (“Company”). Investments are typically structured through subscription in the equity or preference share capital of the Company and shares are usually issued at a premium. The Investor prefers to have a representation in the Board of Directors of the Company through its nominee director(s) having certain affirmative voting rights on critical financial and management issues related to the Company.

Investment Terms:

The issues related to the share holding pattern, issue price of the shares issued to the Investor, control and management of the Company, reserved matters requiring affirmative voting rights of the Investor (or its representatives), representation on Board of Directors, etc., are addressed in detail in the Joint Venture and Shareholders’ Agreement (“Investment Documents”) that are executed in relation to the investment. While the funding provides the necessary fuel for growth and expansion of the Company, there are some important terms that should be careful in negotiating while seeking investment including:

Signs of a Healthy Business Partnership

On my flight down to San Francisco this past weekend, I was reading an interesting article all about how most married couples could not fathom the concept of working together day in and day out. As I read it I had to chuckle as my husband and I have successfully ran a business together every day for the past ten years and have grown closer and have been able to build a stronger business because of our partnership.

Although we are married there are certain principles we follow that have helped us to shape a strong, productive professional partnership that hasn’t broken down despite the immense amount of challenges we have faced. These six signs of great partnerships have become very apparent to me over the past few years and I hope they help you become a better partner to your partner (whether spouse or otherwise).

    1. They trust each other: When Dan makes a plan, I trust that he has my best interests at heart and that he has the capacity to do a great job inside his role without my interference. I don’t second-guess his choices nor question every move that he makes.


    1. The respect each other: I don’t tell him how to do his job (unless I can share some helpful input) and he doesn’t tell me how to do my job. I verbally honor him in front of our colleagues and regularly express my gratitude to him for what he brings to the partnership.


    1. They give each other the freedom to mess up: Neither of us is perfect and both of us have made some big mistakes in the history of running our business but we are committed to letting the mistakes stay in the past and to not let them interfere with the organization’s future. We don’t blame, judge or criticize but work together to pick up the pieces and move forward.


    1. They play to their strengths. I don’t try to do his job and he doesn’t try to do mine. We give each other lots of space and don’t attempt to manage each other. I accept who he is and the limitations he has as a leader and he does the same for me. We meet in the middle and work as a unit instead of looking at it like a who-is-the-best contest.


  1. They are honest with each other: Because we trust each other, we can be honest with each other when it comes to making difficult decisions. We share our doubts, fears and apprehensions with each other and don’t worry about looking weak. The communication is open and we both accept that sometimes we may see things differently and have the permission to talk about it.