The new kid in the vintage costume world: Welcome CJCI

The newly formed Costume Jewelry Collectors Int’l is launching a fresh, new Web site and quarterly print publication for friends and fans of vintage costume jewelry. CJCI-melinda-title-72.jpg

CJCI was created after Lucille Tempesta, founder of Vintage Fashion and Costume Jewelry Newsletter and Club (VFCJ), announced her retirement in the last issue of the newsletter published late last year. VFCJ published for about 20 years and hosted a convention for the last 16 years, becoming the backbone of a group dedicated to the history and dazzle of the highly-collectible jewelry.

CJCI Co-founders Melinda Lewis and Pamela Wiggins want to continue Tempesta’s excellent legacy as well as adding a strong Web site and engaging social media, a critical need to reach today’s collectors.

Lewis is a long-time jewelry collector, historian, and stylist and is currently completing a book on Napier jewelry. Her personal Web site is here.

Wiggins, the expert guide to antiques for, will lend her expertise as an author, editor and jewelry enthusiast to CSCI’s quarterly publication.

CJCI yearly memberships are available at several different levels ranging from $25 to $35. Memberships for $30 and $35 include a listing in the club’s member directory. Visit here for more information.

It’s great to see fresh faces in antiques, but when it results in a new club and newsletter it is doubly exciting.