I have a confession to make: I spend too much time online shopping for vintage costume jewelry. This habit has led me down deep rabbit holes, and resulted in me getting duped. More than once! I have decided to ‘reveal’ these previously closely held secrets because of you. I can’t possibly police the internet. But I can help you, the vintage costume jewelry lover, learn from my mistakes. That is why I created a new blog series: True vs. Fake, confessions of an incurable vintage costume jewelry shopper. Read the first story. Vintage fashion is a hot trend, and many new marketplaces have popped up in response. No doubt, some sellers make honest mistakes. Recently, I’ve noticed a lot more vintage costume jewelry items with questionable claims being offered to the untrained eye. I’m on the side of the shopper. It has always been my mission to insist on authenticating, inspecting every item (in my own hands, under a jewelry loupe). I use many sources to confirm the details of a maker, design and era, inspect materials and condition before I put it up for sale on the TruFaux Jewels site. Sorting out the true from the fakes takes time, training and a lot of experience. My reward is the more you know, the less you get duped. To help you know more, too, subscribe to my blog, and thanks for sharing!