You've seen them in wonderful old movies, sparkling on Audrey Hepburn, or Joan Crawford or Claudette Colbert, looking as if they cost a millions of pounds. They didn't. They're t the real thing, but they were made with the same care and attention. They are vintage costume jewellery: strands of artificial pearls, individually ktted; 'gems' hand-set and pronged; plastic bangles more fabulous than ivory. They're one hundred years' worth of the most amazing pieces ever produced - and they're all here in brilliant and beautiful colour. Whether you love the boldness of Czech crystal or the delicate 'pearls' of Miriam Haskell, whether your jewels are part of your everyday fashion or a heart-pounding collection of art objets, the thrill of finding sensational pieces never fades. Vintage Costume Jewellery is your treasure map to discovering the craftsmanship and tradition that have made these pieces part of our collective memory. With a look to the best designs and designers from the Victorian era through the twentieth century and into the twenty-first, set against a backdrop of social and cultural history, Vintage Costume Jewellery brings the very best of the Carole Tanenbaum Collection to aficianados and would-be collectors alike.
Carole Tanenbaum is one of North America's foremost collectors of vintage costume jewellery, with a collection numbering more than eight thousand pieces. Her jewellery is sought by clients around the world, and is represented in more than forty international venues, including Saks, Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, and Barnets. She has provided jewellery for many movies, including Chicago, and a number of museums have showcased her collection in exhibitions. She regularly speaks and writes on costume jewellery, and addresses collectors and retailers.