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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Mitchell Beazley (4 Oct. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845335635
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845335632
  • Product Dimensions: 24.8 x 2.5 x 28.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 47,593 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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The past decade has seen costume jewelry become the glittering star of vintage fashion. No longer the poor relation of precious pieces, values are rising as increasing numbers of collectors see the quality of the design and craftsmanship. The market is ready for a new costume jewelry book, one that shows these dazzling pieces to the best advantage and celebrates them. Costume jewelry is constantly in the news - American first lady Michelle Obama wore vintage pieces at the inauguration; Sarah Jessica Parker wears vintage costume jewelry all the time, fashion magazines feature costume jewelry - vintage and new - in every issue.

About the Author

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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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 17 Nov. 2010
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bridget on 4 May 2011
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 By Doe Eyes on 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By amberfarleigh on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JK on 27 Nov. 2011
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This book gives excellent basic background information on the key costume jewellery brands and designers of the 20th century, through both words and great photos. The editorial for each brand is not in-depth, giving only a max of 4 pages on any one brand inclusive of photos, however it's a sound starting point for those interested in jewellery design. An excellent Xmas present or coffee table book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Blossom Harbour on 23 Jan. 2012
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This is an excellent reference source book for 20th century costume jewellery. Very good photos and descriptions of the manufacturers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Blodwen on 13 Dec. 2011
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Katieclunk on 3 May 2011
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A really enjoyable read for those of us who like our jewellery, the only downside, I want to rush out and buy more pieces!!
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