About TruFaux Jewels
Barbara Schwartz established TruFaux Jewels to share her passion for vintage costume jewelry with women who also appreciate the beauty we inherit from the past. Through extensive study, meticulous research, and life-long experience as a jewelry collector, she has developed an eye for authentic, beautiful, and unique creations from Europe and North America. Although her focus is the period between the two world wars, with an emphasis on the Art Deco style, Barbara built the TruFaux collection to encompass the 1920s through the 1950s. She chose to limit the scope to these four decades so that she could fully understand the design styles prevalent in those years and their historical context.
More than a vintage jewelry store, TruFaux Jewels endeavors to preserve the best costume jewelry for today’s wearers and for future generations. Because the passing on of jewelry from one generation to the next has been an important and meaningful custom in Barbara’s family, she encourages others to build their own legacies.
Barbara particularly enjoys helping women find their unique personal styles by accessorizing contemporary fashion with vintage jewelry. She wants every woman to feel extraordinary when wearing pieces from the TruFaux boutique. She provides expert styling tips through her blog, social media, and private coaching sessions.
Barbara is a member of the American Society of Jewelry Historians and the Association for the Study of Jewelry & Related Arts. As a trade member of the Vintage Fashion Guild (VFG), TruFaux Jewels must follow the organization’s Code of Practice.
A respected jewelry historian, Barbara has lectured on fashion and jewelry history for the Association of Image Consultants International, at two conventions of Costume Jewelry Collectors International (CJCI), as part of the jewelry history series at The Original Miami Antique Show, and at the Antique Jewelry & Art Conference. Her articles have been published on the CJCI website, on the Kovels website, in The VFG News, and in ADORNMENT: The Magazine for the Study of Jewelry & Related Arts. She was a Featured Contributor to the online magazine Sixty and Me. Her own interesting story as the founder of TruFaux Jewels is featured on The Story Exchange.