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Miller's Costume Jewellery [Hardcover]

Judith Miller
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Book Description

4 Oct 2010
Chanel, Dior, Schiaparelli, Trifari, Coro, Miriam Haskell, Stanley Hagler ...the greats of 20th century costume jewellery trip off the tongue like a parade of the best in fashion. Costume - or non-precious - jewellery has been worn since ancient times. In a comprehensive introduction, Judith Miller discusses how these early pieces influenced the development of costume jewellery in the 20th century: from the Great Depression, when many could only afford glass stones, to the fantasy pastes of the 1950s which bore no resemblance to precious gems. Biographies of the great designers and companies (Chanel, Dior, Schiaparelli, Trifari, Coro and more) will be joined by information on lesser-known names and unsigned pieces. Special features will explore subjects such as Art Deco jewelry, costume jewellery in Hollywood films and unsigned pieces. It will look at the lives of the designers, their inspirations as well as showing hundreds of beautiful designs and the marks to look for.

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Miller's Publications (4 Oct 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845335635
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845335632
  • Product Dimensions: 28.2 x 24.3 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 299,643 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Judith Miller began collecting in the 1960s while a student at Edinburgh University in Scotland. She has since extended and reinforced her knowledge of antiques through international research, becoming one of the world's leading experts in the field. In 1979 she co-founded the international best-seller Miller's Antiques Price Guide and has since written more than 100 books, which are held in high regard by collectors and dealers.

Judith Miller appears regularly on TV and radio. She is an expert on the BBC's Antiques Roadshow and has appeared on The Martha Stewart Show and CNN in the US. She is a regular lecturer and contributor to numerous newspapers and magazines, including the Financial Times, The Saturday Telegraph, BBC Homes & Antiques and House & Garden. She has lectured extensively, including at the V&A in London and the Smithsonian in Washington.

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Judith Miller began collecting in the 1960s while a student at Edinburgh University in Scotland. She has since extended and reinforced her knowledge of antiques and design through international research, becoming one of the world's leading experts in the field. Her expertise includes historic interiors. In 1979 Judith co-founded the international best-seller Miller's Antiques Price Guide and has since written more than 100 books, which are held in high regard by collectors and dealers.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Valuable book updated! 17 Nov 2010
By Imelda
Format:Hardcover
I bought the previous edition of this book second-hand as I came to my hobby of collecting vintage jewellery only recently. So I was more than pleased to see that it had been revised and updated recently.

This is a well-produced, well-written and informative book with beautiful pictures showing exquisite jewellery. The descriptions and price-guides are useful but the delightful pictures make this a book to look at again and again.

So far as I am concerned, this book deserves a space on every jewellery aficianado's bookshelf
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Glorious Jewels 4 May 2011
By Bridget
Format:Hardcover
This book is a glorious, colourful celebration of the art of decorating women through the ages. The colour photographs are superb, and the study and identification of the different designers is very helpful to the collector. I di dfind that there was not enough actual text, and the balance of the book is upset by having plenty of text for the older eras, up to the modern period, but very few photographs. There must be an abundance of material for illustration? I found this very disappointing and the balance of the book suffered because of it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars costume jewellery 1 July 2011
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A bit disappointing as I expected some guide prices as the other Miller books do. A bit too specialist too instead of a good overall guide to costume jewellery - perhaps I should have gone to Smiths and had a good look at it first.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Costume jewellery 23 Jan 2012
Format:Hardcover
This is an excellent reference source book for 20th century costume jewellery. Very good photos and descriptions of the manufacturers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Real Fakes ! 21 Dec 2011
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Very well packed costume jewellery survey. The pictures are professional and stunning (all in colour and in pretty big size). The text is concise but thorough and the informations given are enough to make you have an idea
of the evolution of this particular aspect of womens' fashion through the overview of each decade of the last century
(with a brief introduction about the past eras and a quick glimpse on some contemporary designers to look for next).
A real treat for the eyes to help you dream of an affordable luxury (and not make your wallet cry !).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Vintage jewellery book 13 Dec 2011
By Blodwen
Format:Hardcover
Brilliant ! This is the best book ever ! With historical context and background plus the most beautiful colour photos of examples of what every designer's work looks like . An absolute must for beginners and experts .
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