I know it’s not the usual sort of thing I write about here, but I felt I must tell you about Judith Miller’s new book on Costume Jewellery. Judith’s first book on the subject, published in association with DK, rapidly became a landmark bestseller – and I can see this one doing exactly the same. This glorious book is literally bursting with sumptuous pictures – as well as being a comprehensive reference source, it’s a visual feast to flick through and a real celebration of the this amazing, creative and unique jewellery. Prices have blossomed since the first book was published, and vintage examples are regularly worn by stars of stage, screen and catwalk. But, according to Judith, bargains can still be found…
“Last week I bought these fantastic unsigned 1950’s multi-faceted blue and aurora borealis crystal rhinestones earrings (below), which were probably made in Austria. They cost me the princely sum of £4.99 and are a timely reminder that, although of course I love my signed pieces by Christian Dior, Miriam Haskell, Joseff of Hollywood et al, you can still find beautiful vintage pieces on the internet at very affordable prices.
My new book on costume jewellery is published today. As you may well know costume – or non-precious – jewellery has been worn since ancient times. I’ve gone right the way back to show how 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. Chanel, Dior, Schiaparelli, Trifari, Miriam Haskell, Stanley Hagler – the greats of 20th century costume jewellery trip off the tongue like a parade of the best in fashion.
My book includes biographies of the great designers and companies (Chanel, Dior, Schiaparelli, Trifari, Coro and more) will also be joined by information on lesser-known names and unsigned pieces. Special features will explore subjects such as Art Deco jewellery, 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.”
What more can I say? If you’re looking for a present for the special lady in your life, then this is surely it. If you are that special lady, then you NEED this book! Priced at £25, you can order a copy from the publisher here or from Amazon here.