8 stores to buy vintage jewelry in Toronto
Vintage jewelry in Toronto can be difficult to come across, but once found, it can put a classic - or if you prefer, quirky - touch to any contemporary look unmatched by modern designs. There's just something about being adorned by an era much before our own that puts value into these little trinklets. Anything from extravagant costume jewelry to antique engagement rings to Art Deco pieces can be found in antique, vintage, and consignment stores all over Toronto.
If competitive eBay bidding or hours of scouring in grimy markets cramps your style, here's where to find vintage jewelry in Toronto.
Boasting amazing customer service parallel to personal shopping, Cynthia Findlay's beautiful antiques are backed up by her extensive knowledge on every piece in the shop. While she carries other items including home décor, smoking paraphernalia, and ink wells, she is best known for her large selection of meticulously crafted antique engagement rings.
Van Rijk Jewellers
Van Rijk Jewellers has been a known buyer, seller, and trader of high quality estate jewelry for over 25 years. Their showroom is located at Yonge and Eglinton, and displays their full collection of vintage pieces, containing elegant diamond rings of the Georgian era and Victorian pocket watches among many others.
Unlike other vintage clothing boutiques in the same 'hood, Magwood on Dundas West carries a copious amount of both fine and costume jewelry, all of which is handpicked by owner Sarah Magwood. Not one for dainty or simple jewelry, every piece in her selection - including triple-strand necklaces, drop earrings and enormous cocktail rings - is loud and eye catching.
Courage My Love
Courage My Love is one of those stores in Kensington Market with a dark atmosphere that's much less Hollister and much more bohemian. Consequently, the jewelry found amidst their collection of vintage clothing includes all things Navajo and enough semi-precious stone rings to decorate every one of your fingers.
Located in Leslieville, Gadabout is an attic-like space, famous for having so many doodads to spend hours looking at. Each garment, accessory or odd little novelty is handpicked and attractively displayed. The jewelry in particular can only be described as unusual... in a good way. And there's lots of it.
I Miss You/Emporium by I Miss
Primarily a vintage boutique that specializes in designer clothing, I Miss You's jewelry collection is often overlooked when trying to compete with the plethora of Chanel dresses stealing the spotlight. The glass case, doubling as the cashier area, is filled with costume jewelry and an impressive assortment of fine jewelry, including detailed jade bracelets to die for.
The Cat's Meow
The Cat's Meow is probably the most upscale vintage boutique on this list. Every clothing article and bag displayed is exquisite, in perfect condition, and obviously at a much higher price point. The jewelry is no exception. Visit if you've got money to blow, and otherwise beware of the temptation I promise you'll feel to blow money you don't have.
Green's Antiques is a hidden gem in Cabbagetown, and has been there for decades. I admit that it's a little run down and all over the place (being a shop that sells everything from furniture and home décor to costume jewelry for any and all budgets) but it's worth taking a gander because the jewelry is always intriguing and oftentimes really affordable.