Vintage Jewelry Design

Vintage Jewelry Design : Classics to Collect & Wear

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This gorgeous coffee-table book, with a foreword by influential jeweler Gerda Flockinger, showcases classic vintage jewelry from the past 100 years. Featuring examples that epitomize the iconic styles of each decade, it offers an overview of the most influential designers (including Tiffany, Cartier, Faberge, and Chanel), their sources of inspiration, and materials of choice. Photos display a selection of rare and remarkable pieces from museums and private owners, and a vintage shopping guide gives tips on spotting fakes, caring for purchases, and other important facts collectors should know.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 226.06 x 279.4 x 22.86mm | 1,065.94g
  • Asheville, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, color; Illustrations, black and white
  • 1600597149
  • 9781600597145
  • 235,167

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"You must get this gorgeous book. Believe me, you will fall in love with it." - Lorena Angulo "Loaded with mouth-watering images of splendid jewelry, famous women who wore it and the designers who made it, Vintage Jewelry Design is a fabulous cocktail table book and a must-have for the true jewelry aficionado." - Contemporary Jewelry Design Group "I love, love, love this book. Picture book. Reference book. INSPIRATIONAL front to back!" - Candie Cooper "I don't have much to say about this book except you should go get a copy. Now. Seriously. Caroline Cox brings us ten decades of jewelry design history, all wrapped up in a gorgeous and collectible volume." - Bead Design Studio "Attention all New York fashionistas and jewelry lovers alike: This is a coffee table book to beat all coffee table books! Cox leaves no gemstone unturned in her quest to fascinate, amuse and amaze us with stories and photos that will delight jewelry lovers of all ages. If you love jewelry and you're crazy about fashion design, don't miss this - it's a lesson in style you will never forget!" - Colette Bouchez, NY Accessories Examiner "This book is a must-read for anyone who is serious about jewelry." - Michelle Mach "The jewelry book of the year ... the power of this book will make you think, change your mind, (and) inspire your soul." - The Beadwright "This lovely, well illustrated volume will delight both the vintage jewelry collector and the novice with stunning photographs and useful information. It is also of value to designers, art students and jewelry makers for a wealth of ideas from the past that can be incorporated into modern creations. ... This is a breathtakingly beautiful volume that serves as both a work of reference and a pleasurable entertainment." - Monsters and Critics "The amazing photographs are accompanied by Cox's interesting, well-written, and well-thought-out prose. Vintage Jewelry Design is an informative, fascinating, and rewarding read." - Sand Fibers "Caroline Cox has compiled images of the most iconic styles of each decade in her new book. Everyone loves a nostalgic coffee-table book, and long time fashion lovers will surely appreciate the gorgeous images in Vintage Jewelry Design." - Amanda Huggins, Pierce Mattie "Caroline Cox has written a fantastic book that chronicles vintage jewelry design from the 1830s to the current trends. If you are interested in the history of design, and want some inspiration for your own designs, this is a great book to have on hand." - Lorelei Eurto "A thoughtful and informative book that covers jewelry from the 1890s to the present time. The book brings home the point that jewelry is not only decoration and adornment, it is a reflection of who we view ourselves to be. And the pictures: Wow." - Charlene Sevier Jewelry "This volume takes everything you already expect from Lark Books and bumps it up tenfold. Gorgeous photos - check. Brilliant information - check. Strategically assembled - check. But this is where it gets great: all of this is in a hard cover, coffee table sized package for a paperbound price!" - A Fly on the Wall Reviews

"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." - Jewelry Making
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About Baroness Caroline Cox

Caroline Cox, professor of cultural history at the University of the Arts, London, is a leading fashion authority. Her books include Lingerie: A Lexicon of Style (2000) and Hair and Fashion (2005), which had an accompanying catwalk show at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Caroline lives in London, England.
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Our customer reviews

I was thoroughly surprised when I received this book. For some reason the title made me think it was more about designing jewelry - but as I paid more attention I became captivated by this gem of a book. It is, in fact, about jewelry design - but it's about the history of jewelry design! As a history buff - this book was really up my alley! Although I don't wear a lot of jewelry myself I sure do appreciate it. Thanks to this book I can now identify the period style that most appeals to me. Who knows - when I win the lottery I may go in search of Belle Epoch jewels! 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. Historical notes about well know jewelry designers are included - Faberge, Tiffany, Schlumberger, and Schiaparelli just to name a few. Want to know the history of Bakelite and celluloid? This is the book to grab and read. I love the photos in the book - of famous models, celebrities, high society folks and the titillating world of high fashion. I love the way the book ties everything together. Historical references refer to why certain styles, trends and materials came in to fashion when they did. That information is rounded out with a perfect collection of corresponding fashions, make-up styles and artistic works that defined the decade. Am I little 'gushy' about this book? Yes! Why? Because it was such a delightful surprise and because it fits right in with my enjoyment of all things fashion, costume, and historical. This book will have a wide appeal I think because it does cover so much. It's perfect, of course, for jewelry designers and all of us who love gems and jewels, but it also will appeal to artists, designers, fashionistas and history buffs. I love this book and it does - for certain - have a spot in my permanent library!show more
by Marie Johansen
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