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"You must get this gorgeous book. Believe me, you will fall in love with it." - Lorena Angulo
"Loaded with mouth-watering images of splendid jewelry, famous women who wore it and the designers who made it, Vintage Jewelry Design is a fabulous cocktail table book and a must-have for the true jewelry aficionado." - Contemporary Jewelry Design Group
"I love, love, love this book. Picture book. Reference book. INSPIRATIONAL front to back!" - Candie Cooper
"I don't have much to say about this book except you should go get a copy. Now. Seriously. Caroline Cox brings us ten decades of jewelry design history, all wrapped up in a gorgeous and collectible volume." - Bead Design Studio
"Attention all New York fashionistas and jewelry lovers alike: This is a coffee table book to beat all coffee table books! Cox leaves no gemstone unturned in her quest to fascinate, amuse and amaze us with stories and photos that will delight jewelry lovers of all ages. If you love jewelry and you're crazy about fashion design, don't miss this - it's a lesson in style you will never forget!" - Colette Bouchez, NY Accessories Examiner
"This book is a must-read for anyone who is serious about jewelry." - Michelle Mach
"The jewelry book of the year ... the power of this book will make you think, change your mind, (and) inspire your soul." - The Beadwright
"This lovely, well illustrated volume will delight both the vintage jewelry collector and the novice with stunning photographs and useful information. It is also of value to designers, art students and jewelry makers for a wealth of ideas from the past that can be incorporated into modern creations. ... This is a breathtakingly beautiful volume that serves as both a work of reference and a pleasurable entertainment." - Monsters and Critics
"The amazing photographs are accompanied by Cox's interesting, well-written, and well-thought-out prose. Vintage Jewelry Design is an informative, fascinating, and rewarding read." - Sand Fibers
"Caroline Cox has compiled images of the most iconic styles of each decade in her new book. Everyone loves a nostalgic coffee-table book, and long time fashion lovers will surely appreciate the gorgeous images in Vintage Jewelry Design." - Amanda Huggins, Pierce Mattie
"Caroline Cox has written a fantastic book that chronicles vintage jewelry design from the 1830s to the current trends. If you are interested in the history of design, and want some inspiration for your own designs, this is a great book to have on hand." - Lorelei Eurto
"A thoughtful and informative book that covers jewelry from the 1890s to the present time. The book brings home the point that jewelry is not only decoration and adornment, it is a reflection of who we view ourselves to be. And the pictures: Wow." - Charlene Sevier Jewelry
"This volume takes everything you already expect from Lark Books and bumps it up tenfold. Gorgeous photos - check. Brilliant information - check. Strategically assembled - check. But this is where it gets great: all of this is in a hard cover, coffee table sized package for a paperbound price!" - A Fly on the Wall Reviews

"Cox showcases 120 years of fabulous jewelry from well-known artisans, celebrity designers, and production houses. Historical and vintage photographs and helpful captions accentuate the succinct, well-written text. The chapters highlight major trends by decade. This affordably priced retrospective is recommended for individuals interested in modern jewelry history as well as libraries with collections in decorative arts and design." - Library Journal

"If you have wanted to learn more about jewelry and its history, or have thought of collecting a certain period of jewelry, this is an excellent guide. The text is very detailed throughout and full of photos that show jewelry pieces from each decade discussed. It is also a good resource for getting design ideas that you can combine with your own signature jewelry pieces." - About.com: Jewelry Making

About the Author

Caroline Cox, professor of cultural history at the University of the Arts, London, is a leading fashion authority. Her books include Lingerie: A Lexicon of Style (2000) and Hair and Fashion (2005), which had an accompanying catwalk show at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Caroline lives in London, England.

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Product Details

  • Series: Vintage Fashion Series
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Lark Crafts (April 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600597149
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600597145
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 8.8 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,331 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This luxe hardback book is an absolute treat for any jewelry lover of any sort. It will call to you to immerse yourself in all things luxurious, divine and beautiful; the jewelry pieces which men and women have created for so many reasons throughout the past, circa 1890 (Art Nouveau) up to today.
I defy you to purchase VINTAGE JEWELRY DESIGN as a gift and not want a copy for yourself. I haven't seen anything as fabulously educational concerning its topic (as a textbook, it is cohesively written and brilliant), and at the same time as gloriously sumptuous (it is metaphorically like your favorite candlelit bath with bubbles, chocolate, and music), ever. I could continue to praise it in this manner however I would rather explain why it has this marvelous appeal.
VINTAGE JEWELRY DESIGN opens with a very modest, straightforward foreword, by a very famous jewelry designer, Gerda Flockinger. She has studied jewelry since her childhood (her mother was a fashion designer). She chronicles some of her experiences which brought her to her decision to become a jewelry designer. It is a fascinating read by one of this century's greatest jewelry pioneers, a shining star of modern jewelry design.
Following this is the introduction by author Caroline Cox. She really knows her jewelry and she has the most fantastic eye for what the reader will be drawn to and how to sum up each decade. In her introduction, she explains that the intention of this book is to chart "over 100 years of jewelry history" and that it is a "celebration of the best designers and houses of fine jewelry through to key costume jewelry and the most exciting of the craft and the avant-garde." She continues, VINTAGE JEWELRY DESIGN "will help you know in which direction your collecting passion lies.
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I was thoroughly surprised when I received this book. For some reason the title made me think it was more about designing jewelry - but as I paid more attention I became captivated by this gem of a book. It is, in fact, about jewelry design - but it's about the history of jewelry design! As a history buff - this book was really up my alley! Although I don't wear a lot of jewelry myself I sure do appreciate it. Thanks to this book I can now identify the period style that most appeals to me. Who knows - when I win the lottery I may go in search of Belle Epoch jewels!

As you can tell from having a look at the contents page the book breaks down the history jewelry design into decades. What was fashionable during this time - and why was it fashionable? How the particular period of history influenced the design and appeal of fashionable jewelry. Fascinating!

As always Lark books are visually appealing. The layout and photography is always spot on. The author, Caroline Cox is a visiting professor at the London College of Fashion and the focus of her work "explores the relationship between fashion, beauty and culture". Ms. Cox is both a lecturer and a cultural trends advisor. I can't think of much more interesting work

Lark layouts often seem to employ a grid. I think this approach works very well especially at the beginning of a chapter -it gives the reader a glimpse of what the pages in the next chapter will cover. The grid will depict the that period covered is, for example, 1910- 1919 and then there are thumb nail examples of the fashion, jewelry designs and art that was in vogue at the time

The book beautifully covers baubles, bangles, beads, gemstones of incredible value and beauty as well as examples of contemporary fashions and art.
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Vintage Jewelry Design: Classics to Collect & Wear is the brainchild of an amazing woman Caroline Cox who is a professor of cultural history at the University of the Arts, London, a world renown speaker on the relationship between fashion, beauty and culture and the author of Lingerie: A Lexicon of Style (2000) and Hair and Fashion (2005), which had an accompanying catwalk show at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

The author and her background are part of what keeps this book from being just a coffee table book - looking at the impact of current events on the Jewelry of the day. I think we can all think of examples of this in our lifetime...the laid back hippie era that lead to a more straight laced preppy culture (or vice versa - depending on which end of the hippie movement you landed in).

Cox talks about wildly erotic fashion and hairstyles of the Art Deco Age that followed the high necked collars of the Victorians - so I guess rebellion is nothing new!

This book will find itself to your reference shelf - it talks in detail about each decade and trend. The difference is that it talks about the jewelry in context with the fashion and politics of the times.

My favorite feature of this jewel filled tome is the Grid Pages. These double page spreads look at the "Key looks of the decade!", with glamour shots of stars, key fashion trends and jewelry - jewelry - jewelry!

One thing that is included in this book that is missing from most guides is that Cox tries to cover any prominent "Art" Jewelers of the era she is looking at - this is a nod that most artisans would love to see become the norm in Jewelry Design books. Thanks to the amazing 500 and Masters series from Lark Crafts this era is WELL REPRESENTED!
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