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Vintage Jewelry Design: Classics to Collect & Wear (Vintage Fashion Series) Hardcover – April 5, 2011
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"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
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I highly recommend this title to anyone interested in collectible costume jewelry.Published 3 months ago by Bebzy
This is a well illustrated book full of inspiring designs. If you are a jewelry designer, this book will be a constant source of inspiration to stir your imaginative juices. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Pamla Mixter
Arrived on time as advertised. I'm a jewelry nut and this is a lovely book. I love it! Thank youPublished 7 months ago by eileen
Absolutely awesome book! I have many, many other similar books and none have the coverage that this book does!Published 8 months ago by Steve
This is a gorgeous book....it brings the most beautiful costume jewelry to us collectors. Also very intransitive. Great value too!Published 10 months ago by cynthia banks
I loved looking at the beautiful photographs. The history of jewelry also covered.Published 10 months ago by Bob