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Jewelry by Joan Rivers Hardcover – October 1, 1995


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 156 pages
  • Publisher: Abbeville Press; 1st edition (October 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558598081
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558598089
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 9.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #474,827 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It's a fun book that is a very easy read with lots of beautiful photos.
creativedawn
The book combines an interesting text with a wealth of clear, full-color photos that are sparkling with detail.
Michael J. Mazza
The history and photographs make it an absolute must for your collection.
J. Arena

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Mazza HALL OF FAME on June 16, 2004
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"Jewelry by Joan Rivers" features photography by Gordon Munro and Elizabeth Watt. The book is a celebration of jewelry from the perspective of comedian and television personality Joan Rivers. The main sections of the book are as follows: a lengthy introduction; a series of entries on great jewelry designers (Tiffany and Co., Faberge, Cartier, etc.); a chapter with advice on integrating jewelry into one's overall fashion sense; a large section on Joan Rivers' own costume jewelry line, the Classics Collection; and a chapter describing how jewelry is made. Also included are shopping tips, a bibliography and index.
The book combines an interesting text with a wealth of clear, full-color photos that are sparkling with detail. Rivers enlivens the text with enjoyable personal anecdotes. The section on jewelry and fashion includes shots of Joan modeling different clothes-and-jewelry combos, and has an empowering message that encourages readers to create their own style without being stifled by someone else's rules.
There are some wonderful photos of and stories about some of the fine jewelry pieces in Joan's own collection; one of the most dazzling pieces is a necklace, once owned by Queen Marie of Romania, that contains many colorful eggs and charms. The section about how jewelry is made shows, in text and photos, the process from rough design sketch all the way to finished product. It's absolutely fascinating.
The book's largest section is devoted to photos and descriptive text about Joan's own costume jewelry line. The Classics Collection pieces profiled include necklaces, earrings, bracelets, brooches, etc. It's a rich and colorful variety of pieces. Many motifs and elements appear, and there are synthetic/faux gems of many different shapes, sizes, and colors.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By creativedawn on October 14, 2001
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Joan's book has lots of beautiful photos of her classics collection jewelry from the first 5 years. Her book explains how she got started with QVC & why she decided to create the jewelry, how the jewelry is made, where she got her inspiration for her classics collection jewelry, personal stories & information about her favorite jewelry designers & stores. It's a fun book that is a very easy read with lots of beautiful photos. If you collect Joan's jewelry like I do you'll love seeing all the different pieces of jewelry she did in the early years. It's great to see jewelry pieces I have & other items from that year's collection. This book was well worth the price!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By starfish on November 17, 2008
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Oh ya, like why would i need a book on jewelery? Then someone mentioned how detailed it was with background and all sorts of wonderful pictures, so i had to check it out. What a delight! Have long been a fan of watching Ms Joan when she comes to the shopping channel, watching her teach us how to dress with style, just by jazzing up boring basic classic outfits with fab jewelery. I was delightfully surprised in the book to find that a lot of her 'updated' modern versions of the real thing were so much better and prettier. I haven't had this much fun dressing up since i was a kid, and this book has inspired me ~it's like a primer regarding introducing jewelery into your wardrobe as a means of looking fabulous darling!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Arena TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 28, 2009
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If you're an avid jewelry maker or collector, you will adore Jewelry by Joan Rivers. The history and photographs make it an absolute must for your collection. I've admired Joan Rivers' jewelry for years, but only recently discovered this wonderful book. Guaranteed that you will spend hours reading and admiring every page over and over again. It's given me an even greater admiration for the author and her amazing career.

This book is PERFECTION!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Doreen S. Davidson on March 23, 2014
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Jewelry by Joan Rivers is a great book with beautiful photos of Jewelry in the Joan Rivers line modeled after her own collection
given to her by family.
Anyone who loves classic jewelry with enjoy seeing the Joan Rivers collection of rings, pins, bracelets, necklaces, and earrings.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By FG on December 15, 2012
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Very informative. Beautiful photos. Great coffee table book. I am a big fan of Joan Rivers and the book definitely does her and her jewelry line justice.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Reading Rocks on September 3, 2014
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I've been collecting Joan Rivers' lorgnettes (magnifying glasses on a chain) as well as several of her Russian-inspired jewelry. In this book, Joan talks about how she started collecting antique and Faberge jewelry and shows several pieces that were inspirations for her costume jewelry line. Of course, this book has a full photo spread of all of her lorgnettes which was great since I have almost all of them. She also covers how she decides what piece to make and how it starts from a drawing to finally becoming an actual piece of jewelry.

All the photos are crisp, clear, and in color and show the jewelry detail, where needed. It's not a thick book but a fun book to have if you like her jewelry. Keep in mind that this book was published some time ago so it doesn't cover all her jewelry that was available at the time of the book's printing; and of course, jewelry that she designed/sold in the past 20 years or so is not in the book either.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By carol on November 26, 2012
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Arrived quickly, great item, nicely packaged, low low price. I should have bought two, Would make a great gift for the lover of jewelry
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