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Increasingly, a lot of people do. High-quality vintage jewelry has shown consistent 10% to 15% annual gains in value, though many in the field are leery of the perception that its a safer haven for money than the stock market.
The price of gold goes up and down and diamonds are nuts right now, but vintage just sort of clicks along, said Jane Clarke, owner of Morning Glory Antiques & Jewelry, an online boutique that offers a lot of history along with its rhinestone eye candy. I think vintage jewelry is bought for the joy of it. The fact that if bought well, its been a pretty good historic investment, thats a plus. But the joy is what it is.
From left: 1970s Jomaz bamboo lapis and turquoise bracelet, $595; 1970s Ciner turquoise and lapis gold-tone bracelet, $375; 1970s Ciner turquoise and lapis rhinestone cuff, $575; and a 1960s Hattie Carnegie bamboo gold-tone bracelet, $375.
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