Flea markets, estate sales, and even some thrift stores are go-to spots for vintage jewelry collectors. The downside is not being able to wear everything you find at one time. Instead of closing your collection up in a jewelry box, try these vintage jewelry display ideas.
If you sell jewelry at craft fairs and vintage shows, most of the display ideas will look charming there too.
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Tiered Serving Trays
Tiered serving trays are ideal for displaying vintage jewelry. They hold lots of pieces and they don't take up much tabletop space.
If you don't have a tiered tray, it's easy to make your own. This one was made from two upside-down egg cups and three plates. If you don't have egg cups, small goblets will work.
Though the china here matches, mixing patterns looks lovely too.
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Dress Forms and Mannequins
Old dress forms and mannequins look delightful decked out in vintage jewelry.
When displaying necklaces, layer them on in lengths ranging from short to long for a lush look. If you have a fabric-covered dress form like this one, you can also pin on your collection of vintage brooches.
If you opt for a mannequin, use its fingers and arms to show off rings and bracelets as well.
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Miniature Tart Tins
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Jewelry design is an art, so why not frame your special pieces? Barbara from hodge:podge displayed a vintage rhinestone brooch in this miniature picture frame. She backed the brooch with black fabric to show off its sparkle.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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Upcycled Bracelet Bars
Need a way to display vintage watches and bangles? Bracelet bars like the ones retail stores use work well, but yours don't have to be so basic.
Betsy from My Salvaged Treasures gave plain bracelet bars a makeover for use in her antique show booth. She covered the bars with burlap, and then upcycled a hobnail lamp and rusty gear as bases.
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Baskets and Bowls
If you have a lot of like items that won't tangle, heap them in a pretty porcelain bowl or silver bride's basket for maximum impact. Brooches, rings, and bangles are all good candidates.
If your container is larger than your collection, wrap fabric around a wad of pillow stuffing to fill some of the space. Then, pile your vintage jewelry on top.
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You can display necklaces in a functional way by using them as curtain tiebacks.
The multi-strand pearls Crafts a La Mode's Linda used work well with her lightweight sheers, as would sparkly faceted beads. For heavier curtains, opt for strands of wooden, Bakelite, or tumbled-stone beads.
You can also string vintage brooches and old clip-on earrings onto ribbons to make tiebacks that suit the bohemian look.
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Repurposed Brooch Magnets
If you know you're not going to wear them, you can turn vintage brooches and earrings into magnets. Chris from Just a Girl also made a custom display board for hers, using a sheet of thin metal and a painted picture frame.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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Have a special vintage necklace you want to show off? It will definitely attract attention if you drape it around the neck of a marble or plaster bust.
You don't have to invest big bucks in antique statuary. Courtney, one of the sisters from Fry Sauce and Grits, spray painted a discount store bust to get this striking look.