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Costume Jewelry (DK Collector's Guides) Hardcover – October 13, 2003
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The book is full of fascinating and useful features: profiles of major designers (Chanel, Christian Dior, Hattie Carnegie, etc.), a glossary, a section depicting designers' stamps and copyright marks, reproductions of vintage magazine advertisements, and more. The international directory of dealers, auction houses, and museums includes addresses, phone numbers, Web sites, fax numbers, and/or e-mail addresses. There are sections highlighting interesting trends: suffragette jewelry, cut steel jewelry, etc.
The book is full of intriguing sidebars about many different topics: the manufacture of faux pearls, the Surrealist influence on designer Elsa Schiaparelli, etc. There are also a number of spreads on "Hot Collecting Fields," such as Austrian crystal fruit pins and Bakelite jewelry; I was especially impressed by the 4-page spread on Scottish agate jewelry.
The book really covers a broad range of costume jewelry. Many different styles are depicted. The jewelry covered also represents a large range of materials--Berlin ironwork, Whitby jet, rhinestones, aluminum, poured glass, Lucite, rhodoid, copper, wood, faux coral, and more. I also like the fact that a broad price range is covered. There are many pieces that are under $50, as well as many that are over $1,000.Read more ›
The best thing about this book, besides the clear & colorful eye candy, is that it gives a rundown on different jewelry eras--from Victorian through 1980s glitz! There are aslo sections on a great many of the most collectible designers and the characteristics of their jewelry. It also includes a section on unsigned jewelry, which is good because most costume jewelry was unsigned.
One of the most helpful aspects is that the jewelry is dated, so that the reader can learn to start assigning dates to the different styles of jewelry. You can't go wrong with this one.
I also recommend "How to Be a Jewelry Detective," by Jeanenne Bell.
This book is aimed squarely at novice jewellery collectors. It gives the reader a good idea of the different styles of costume jewellery available and is a wonderful book for fueling dreams. However, it lacks much of the information that more advanced collectors may be looking for, such as detailed information on dating jewellery and advice on which are the best pieces to collect.
There are a lot of similarities between this book and Collecting Costume Jewelry 101: The Basics of Starting, Building & Upgrading (Collecting Costume Jewelry 101). Both are visual guides to American costume jewellery makers, although I, personally, prefer "Collecting Costume Jewelery 101". It contains more advice on collecting than this book does. Nevertheless, both books are very good and if you are a beginner and you can afford it, I would recommend that you buy both.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Found it useful and informative, learned a little about several jewelry designers. Great photos!Published 9 months ago by Mama Sparz
I like Miller's books, however, this one is just a compilation of all her older books. Not really worth the money, but some great color photographs.Published 11 months ago by Barbara
Judith Miller is very knowledgeable and this book is full of wonderful information. I also love the photography.Published 15 months ago by RICK GILBERT
J. Miller's guides are always excellent, particularly for the top shelf items.Published 19 months ago by Adele B. Parsons
As an online seller of vintage costume jewelry I found this book to be very informative and helpful. Read morePublished on June 17, 2014 by ABBIE
Many nice color photos of many designers jewelry, hard cover. A must for the vintage jewelry collector. A great book.Published on May 8, 2014 by Barbara A. Matz