Finding vintage jewelry is easy. Finding nice vintage jewelry can be difficult. Finding affordable vintage jewelry can also be a problem.
It’s not hard to find older pieces, but sometimes they’re broken, or you’ll find one earring, but not a pair. Or you’ll find something amazing, but the seller wants a fortune for it.
Or it’s just junk. There is a lot of that out there, and wading through the junk is just part of the process of trying to find those amazing pieces that make the entire art of looking for vintage and antique jewelry worthwhile.
That’s why I was rather surprised to read an article recently about a shop on Instagram called Joya Shop. Founder Emi Moore has several shops on Instagram offering vintage items, and this one was created to showcase her fondness for vintage jewelry. She’s particularly fond of what she calls a “statement earring,” and it shows.
The earrings on the site are big, bold, and beautiful. These are not earrings that are subtle; these are earrings that will immediately become the topic of conversation if you wear them in public.
She sources the pieces through a number of contacts she has in the antique shop industry, and she sells them exclusively via her account at Instagram.
The earrings are big and dramatic, but the prices are not. Most of the examples I looked at were priced in the $40-$80 range. That’s the good news. The bad news is that many of the pieces indicated that they had already been sold.
That’s the problem with finding older examples of anything. You can often find them, but finding them in quantity? That’s a different story, and it’s always a lot harder to do.
So far, she has listed but 57 items on the site, but her shop has 1000 followers to date. If you’re interested in the exceptionally nice and striking offerings that she has for sale, I’d make a point of visiting her shop on a regular basis.
Otherwise, you’ll just be looking at photos of already-sold items.