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Fabulous Fakes: A Passion for Vintage Costume Jewelry Hardcover – January 1, 2006

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About the Author

Carole Tanenbaum, a high-profile personality in the worlds of costume jewelry and fashion, is one of North America’s foremost collectors of vintage costume jewelry. Her pieces are featured in more than forty international venues, including Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, and Barneys, and have been showcased in exhibitions in museums that include New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. Born and raised in New York, she now lives in Toronto and Palm Beach.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Artisan; 1st edition (January 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579652921
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579652920
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 1 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #609,876 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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FABULOUS FAKES: A PASSION FOR VINTAGE COSTUME JEWELRY is much more than just another identification or pricing guide: it captures and shares the author's own enthusiasm for the history and background of costume jewelry, offering chapters spiced with numerous color photos. Her pieces accompany a running history of vintage costume jewelry from Victorian to modern times, offering excellent and vivid insights into show-stopping pieces. A 'must' for any serious collecting library, especially those covering costume jewelry.

Diane C. Donovan

California Bookwatch
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A very pleasant well presented book, with great attention to the details of good paper and clear colourful photos. The printed information is interesting and the colour photographs inspiring. I liked the book very much as a frivolous delightful dip into the world of bling.
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The positives:
Fabulous large detailed colorful photos
Excellent quality paper stock
Nice intro to a variety of eras (Victorian to 21st Century)
The author's passion for the subject

The minuses:
No photos of the backs of the jewelry or their marks
Misinformation, e.g.:
On pg. 57 the "Geometric Bracelet" photo comment states "These are enamel, often paired with unusually cut single stones
or carved, flat, semiprecious stones such as carnelian or jadeite". This comment implies that the pictured "carved"
stones are carnelian or jadeite, where it is clear that they are molded glass.
On pg. 104 the text in the chapter entitled "The Fifties" states "The relationship between celebrity, fashion and faux
jewelry was forged during this decade as stars showed allegiance to specific costume jewelry designers, wearing their
pieces in films and even appearing as models in their print campaigns. Joan Crawford advertised Miriam Haskell and Joseff
of Hollywood. Sonja Heine and Lana Turner touted Napier, and Carole Lombard wore Trifari". Right away, it is clear that
this belongs in the 1940's, since Carole Lombard died in January 1942. All these actresses were know for their exquisite
taste in fine, i.e. non-costume jewelry, although they did wear costume jewelry in their movies and in magazine spreads
(as dictated by the studios). Most of their non-studio advertising was for cosmetics (particularly Max Factor, which was
actually required by the studios), cigarettes, and soft drinks (most famously in Joan Crawford's case Pepsi), not costume
jewelry.
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This book is simply Fabulous and extremely well written with wonderful pictures of vintage jewelry
and the creators of the jewelry. It stays on the coffee table and is looked at by those that come
to visit. It is a bible of vintage jewelry. If you like vintage jewelry, this is the book for you.
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This book is like dipping into a fabulous vintage jewelry box. Great information and beautiful photos--the only thing missing is the chance to try all this jewelry on.
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This book is fabulous! It has wonderful close-up photographs of the most beautiful vintage jewelry I've ever seen. From the Victorian Era, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Prewar 1920-35, Post Depression 1936-49, the Fifties, Sixties, Seventies, Eighties, Nineties, and into the Twenty-first Century 2000-present. The author, Carole Tanenbaum (collector), explains the above unforgettable period designs and the jewelry each protrayed designer is known for. I found this book very helpful and full of history. I was awe struck, SO excited, and allured by the designs. Many new jewelry ideas today are adapted from our past. I wanted to immediately sit down and just devour this book. I give thanks to the designers illustrated and a special thanks to Carole Tanenbaum for sharing her collection with us so I and many others are able to study our jewelry predecessors.
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I loved this book and read it completely cover to cover. It was just what I wanted, but now I want to explore in more depth some of the different designers covered in the book. I bought this just from the reviews give and was not disappointed. I really like this book and would recommend it highly.
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This is a "must have" for people who want to identify costume jewelry, and the photos are beautiful! It doesn't list the prices, but they are so variable it would be useless anyway.
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