We've been collecting vintage accessories for almost a decade now and are experts in vintage authentication. While there is no one formal way to authenticate vintage, we stand behind every piece in our collection, backed by our 30 day return policy. We absolutely adore collecting vintage and treasuring them forever. It's important to us that you love your spark as much as we do!
Compared to today's accessories, the high quality and craftsmanship of vintage really speaks for itself. In decades past, more intricate designs, materials and manufacturing processes were used in the construction of jewelry, scarves, belts and bags. This is why so many of the pieces in our collection still look like new today! For example, they used to triple plate the gold finishes on jewelry and handbag hardware which is why they don't tarnish very easily over time.
Part of owning something vintage is embracing the natural characteristics it's developed over the years that's inline with it's age. When it comes to curating each piece for our vintage collections, we hand pick the best quality. You can always count on our vintage collection to be in excellent condition. Read below for more information on vintage authentication for Chanel, Cartier, Hermès, Louis Vuitton and more.
The french fashion house of Chanel was founded in 1909, we are proud to offer the largest collection of vintage Chanel in San Francisco. During the 1980s and 1990s hearts, coins, clovers, quilted bags, perfume bottles and pearls were popular motifs throughout Chanel jewelry pieces. Most designs also featured the iconic interlocking double CC logo. Chanel did not date pieces between 1986 through 1989, anything after that period is marked with the season and date. Chanel jewelry was 24k gold plated in the 1980s through the 1990s which has since been discontinued due to the high price of gold. The classic Chanel clip-on coin earrings came in a variety of sizes ranging from 3/4" to 1 1/2" in width. Chanel did not start designing pierced earrings until the early 2000s, so most vintage earrings are clip-on. While we personally prefer clip-on earrings to prevent drooping, you can always consult with a local jeweler to have earrings converted to a pierced post back.
The iconic Chanel 2.55 bag is adorned with signature details like lambskin or caviar leather, a 24k gold plated CC turnlock closure, adjustable chain straps, fold-over flap, slim back pocket, and diamond quilting. During the 1980s through the 1990s Chanel hardware was 24k gold plated which has since been discontinued due to the high price of gold. This exact style with gold plated hardware is no longer manufactured today, making the vintage handbags true collectors items and a wardrobe staple. Each vintage handbag can be dated according to the serial code number inside. While it is rare to find a vintage Chanel bag with its original authentication card and dust bag, we will include any original packaging along with a purchase if we have them in our possession. For both lambskin and caviar leather surfaces we recommend cleaning and protecting pieces with a gentle leather conditioner. Test on a discreet area before applying everywhere to avoid possible discoloration. We recommend storing Chanel handbags inside a dust bag with the chain straps tucked inside and to avoid keeping them in any place that could alter its shape and cushioned texture.
Sweet & Spark is not affiliated with Chanel. Chanel™ is a registered trademark of Chanel.