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Unsigned Beauties Of Costume Jewelry: Identification & Values 1st Edition
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But it's the stunningly beautiful photographs that really give this book its punch. Brown has assembled an eye-popping collection of pieces that employ many different motifs: butterflies, floral designs, fish, birds, mythological/fantasy figures, whimsical characters, fruit, patriotic motifs, abstract geometric forms, pieces reminiscent of military medals or heraldic insignia, etc. Pictured are rhinestones of a rich variety of shapes and colors. Every page brings new and marvelous treasures.
In her author's notes at the start of the book, Brown notes that she considers rhinestone jewelry to be "the true 'American art form.'" Her passion for the subject really shines through in this visually pleasing compendium.
Although not a whole lot on each designer, some mention is better than none. To find references to Judy Lee, BSK, LaRoco, Park Lane, Avon, Capri, Art, JJ, Les Bernard, Capri, etc. was of interest to me when I first started collecting jewelry because of the scarcity of volumes on these names. Other designers, such as Lisner, Coventry, Napier, Monet, etc., also included in this book, were more easily found when doing searches for designers.
The book has no index, so this may be a concern to others. But the designer names are presented in alphabetical order.
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My main complaint is the quality of the illustrations. For the most part the photos are dull, too dark and the colours are distorted. Some pages have a definate brownish tint and other pages are quite grey. In comparison to other books on the suject the photos lack colour and clarity but this may be due to the printing and perhaps I received a particularly bad copy.
The book has 3 chapters that give insight into the birth of costume jewelry, the metals, stones, shapes and settings and also how to start a collection, date and restore pieces.
For the price the book covers the subject well.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wonder book that I have already looked through it's pages many times over. I love the fact that they have updated the books pricing of
all the jewelry. Read more
I had bought this book before but someone borrowed it and I never saw it again! Fair photographs of some really great piecesPublished 8 months ago by Barbara
What a beautiful book! So helpful to the collector of costume jewelry. I use this book frequently to seek out the unsigned beauties of the costume jewelry design world. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Francine Leeson
Good reference, since so much costume jewelry isn't marked. Familiar pieces.Published 16 months ago by Adele B. Parsons
Love this book ! A big help with identification/ similar styles of unmarked vintage jewelry .Published 22 months ago by arletta bostic