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About the Author

Pamela Y. Wiggins' passion for costume jewelry includes studying pieces in her own collection and items she offers through her business--Chic Antiques by Pamela Wiggins--as well as exploring how popular culture and historical events shaped adornment worn decades ago. She is the co-founder of Costume Jewelry Collectors International, a global organization dedicated to costume jewelry education and holding renowned events for collectors. Wiggins also works as a free-lance writer and editor specializing in antiques and collectibles, serving as the antiques expert for About.com. She is a contributor to a number of national and regional publications on a variety of topics with a focus on collectible jewelry.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Krause Publications (July 14, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440239444
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440239441
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.6 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,959 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Pamela Y. Wiggins is a journalist specializing in topics relating to antiques and collectibles. She is the Antiques Expert for About.com, and has written for many national and regional periodicals. Pamela is also the co-founder of Costume Jewelry Collectors Int'l, an organization dedicated to publishing online educational resources and bringing collectors together at yearly conventions. Her business, Chic Antiques by Pamela Wiggins, offers a selection of collectible costume jewelry and vintage ladies accessories in several online venues. For more information, visit www.chicantiques.com.

Customer Reviews

This book is very informative.
eileen
Its a must have book for anyone interested in or that collects vintage costume jewelry.
Carol Eaton
This book is beautifully written and the photos are wonderful.
JL

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By katherine small on June 25, 2014
Format: Paperback
I love this book. It is very informative. The pictures are great! And I love how the book goes in depth about the designers of the day.
It's starts with Victorian jewelry and moves on to modern day jewelry. Then It proceeds to feature popular designers. And in the back of the book there are examples of the different signatures these designers used on there jewelry. There is also a section on components and findings. There is a price guide which all collectors know are subjective, to condition and rarity of a piece. But all in all I would highly recommend this book to anyone that loves
vintage costume jewelry. It's a beautiful book that will certainly make you drool!!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mary Ann Docktor-Smith on June 26, 2014
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Very well-written, with beautiful photographs, including many showing detail and reverse sides of pieces. In addition to a timeline and history by decade, and a section devoted to major designers, this guide also provides a substantial and very useful identification and dating section. Sprinkled throughout the book are short, informative note-like sections on a wealth of topics. The price information is accurate for the current marketplace. This is a "must-have" book for costume jewelry fans, and is suitable for individuals at all levels of knowledge and interest.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By BRENDA D. on June 29, 2014
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Ms. Wiggins congratulations on a masterpiece, you have always been thorough in your research that comes through in these
pages; an easy read one does not want to put it down and I could not. Mr. Siegel your photography is breathtaking certainly a work to be enjoyed by the accomplished collector and beginner alike. I took fewer ( minor) exceptions with this guide on costume jewelry than I have in many years of reading and collecting shelves of the same. If you have to own only one, purchase this one or add it to your collection. IT IS WORTH IT!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Leanne DuPay on July 16, 2014
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I have many costume jewelry guides and this is one of the finest. I love the readability and the photography. Many of my other books are visually hideous, blurry black and white photos and outrageous values placed on the pieces. This book is terrific.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Book Reviews on July 4, 2014
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Pamela Wiggins and her photographer Jay Siegel have created a fabulous costume jewelry guide. Book is filled with large and superb images, printed on top quality glossy pages, making the book a pleasure to peruse. Jewelry images are crisp and clear, showing all the details of the pieces, and many images of the backs, also. The images 'pop' as though they are sitting right in front of you and you can just reach out and touch them..

And the content…… fabulous, as well. I don't usually find time to sit and read all the text in the guides I purchase, but this one is an exception. Pamela has a way of engaging you with her writing skills, so once you start, you just have to keep reading. She makes the information presented both extremely informative and interesting. There are so many great tips about identifying jewelry pieces and eras in this resource.

This is a well done costume jewelry guide, from the content and images, right down to the printing quality, and will be a great addition to your jewelry library. I absolutely love it. I hope the author will do more books. Would love to see one dedicated to Trifari….hint, hint!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mary Ann Wilson on July 16, 2014
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I LOVE Warman's Jewelry Guides and use them constantly for research and I must state that this edition has quickly become my favorite. The presentation, information and photography are both impressive and comprehensive. Ms. Wiggins and Mr. Siegel have done an outstanding job creating this edition, it is user friendly, instructional, descriptive and beautiful and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in jewelry.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JL on June 27, 2014
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This book is beautifully written and the photos are wonderful. It is a great addition to my jewelry library. Thank you Pamela.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By eileen on July 9, 2014
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I have a real deep interest in all kinds of jewelry and its origins. In the U.S. we have
a great history of all kinds of baubles, bangles and beads. This book is very informative.
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