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Beginning in the early 1950s, rhinestone were sometimes coated with an iridescent coating. “Stones” with this treatment are called aurora borealis stones. These AB stones were used widely in costume jewelry by designers such as: Sarah Coventry, Coro and others.  For a more detailed history of these beautiful rhinestones, please click here.

Below are some great examples of vintage Aurora Borealis jewelry from several sellers on Etsy.com

Vintage Red Aurora Borealis Rhinestone Choker, Earrings, Set – GrandVintageFinery, Etsy

Vintage Aurora Borealis Rhinestone Circle Pin Goldtone – VintagePaige, Etsy

Vintage Red and Rhinestone Drop Earrings – Monkeys On Holiday, Etsy

Vintage Darkly Aurora Borealis three strand necklace – Maggies Treasure, Etsy

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It has been said that fashion is a gentle progression of revisited ideas. Have you noticed this past fashion week top designers Proenza Schoule and Michael Kors. Fall Fashion line, as well as many other designers, have pulled elements and styles from fashions of the past; in other words, classics with a modern twist. What they have discovered, what we need to remember is that fashion is timeless. Not many of us can afford to buy from top designers. Therefore, shoppers must become creative as they shop for clothes for themselves and family.

Savvy shoppers scour vintage, second hand and thrift shops, garage sales, estate sales, and websites (Etsy, Ebay, Rubylane, craigslist, etc.) for original and used fashions at bargain prices. It only makes sense to do so.

Buy Vintage! You will save money, look original and become a fashion forward (and backward looking) fashionista.

Happy shopping!

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