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Collector's Guides: "Costume Jewelry" by Judith Miller

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Updated April 03, 2007
My Bottom Line:
This is a without a doubt, the most gorgeous reference book I've ever seen. The pictures are exquisite and large enough to see every detail in the piece of jewelry. The way the book is laid out and the special features that are mentioned below in the press release make this a must-have addition to your library. Or a fantastic gift for a jewelry collector!

From DK Publishing:
Do you spend weekends rummaging flea markets or cruising collector's fairs? Are you glued to Antiques Road Show, wondering what the heirlooms in your own jewelry box are worth? You're not alone. Collecting is fast becoming one of today's most exciting and popular hobbies --more than 32 million people buy and sell on eBay alone! Wouldn't it be thrilling to know that unique necklace, bracelet, ring, etc. you sport on a daily basis is worth more than imaginable? Antique and Collectible expert Judith Miller's "Costume Jewelry" is your tool in pinpointing what to look for within your own collection and when you are scanning the display tables at flea markets, collector's fairs, antique exhibits, etc.

"Costume Jewelry" traces the history of costume jewelry from ancient times to the present day, and explains how changing fashions, social developments, and the discover of new materials have influenced and inspired designers, in a way that is both comprehensive and easy-to-use. The book offers more than 1,500 collectibles pieces presented in full-color, in a catalog-style layout, with prices and sizes, clearly displayed below each one. The book also profiles 25 major designers such as Tiffany & Co, Chanel, Christian Dior, and Miriam Haskell and offers priceless tips on what to look for when buying costume jewelry.

"Costume Jewelry" offers readers:

  • The only full-color visual reference to costume jewelry that includes historical information, buyers' tips and a price guide.
  • Over 1,500 collectible pieces are featured in specially commissioned color photographs and precise descriptions, helping buyers to instantly identify pieces and snap up a bargain.
  • Revealing Good, Better, Best features help collectors to recognize the most desirable pieces.
  • Profiles over 20 major designers including Joseff of Hollywood, Trifari, and Miriam Haskell and display pieces by 80 other designers and makers.

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