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Rhinestones are A Girl's Best
There is nothing more fun and exciting than
carrying a vintage rhinestone purse to that special event or business dinner.
When getting recognized is essential to achieving success, your rhinestone
handbag will certainly help turn all eyes and raise a few brows. Your
ritzy and illuminating rhinestone bag is certain to guarantee that you will
light up the evening.
Rhinestones have been rising to the occasion for a
vast number of decades but by 1918, Czechoslovakian glass made it's appearance
in the dazzling form of rhinestones. Brilliant glass stones were ground,
polished and often backed with foil, adding even more brilliance.
Austria was also in the forefront of the
rhinestone industry. During the late 1800's, Daniel Swarovski created
glass cutting and plating machines that produced the most highly esteemed
rhinestones in production. Swarovski rhinestones are renowned as the
finest quality in the trade, primarily because of their high lead content.
Rhinestones have been cherished from the
Victorian period, through the Edwardian and Art Deco eras. However, it was
the Great Depression, the 1920's through the 1940's, when women craved elegance,
a sense of femininity, during a time of turmoil. Rhinestone purses became
exceedingly more popular, offering sophistication to a generation of women
living in disorder and chaos.
The gentler times of the 1950's promoted a sense
that "girls just wanted to have fun" and the love for rhinestone purses exploded
into it's glory days.
The hippie trends of the 1960's put rhinestones
aside but the Disco Dames of the 1970's were quick to bring them back in full
force and rhinestones have continued to thrive in popularity ever since. Today,
vintage rhinestones have a strong following of collector's interested in
purchasing all types of quality pieces.
Vintage rhinestone purses are some of the fastest
movers in the marketplace with demand exceeding the available supply.
Women have a passion for the glamorous fashion of years gone by and are
discovering that these vintage purses are amongst the highlights from the glitzy
eras. We have grown to appreciate the beauty of rhinestones, we recognize
their vibrancy and the luster they bestow upon our everyday lives.
From the bride to the business women, there is a
place in her wardrobe for a rhinestone purse. She knows that when she
carries her rhinestone purse, she carries an ally. After all, rhinestones
are a girl's best friend, they always have been and will continue to be.
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