Jewels of Fantasy: Costume Jewelry of the 20th Century
by Cera, Deanna Farneti (editor)
New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc, 1992. Softcover. VG. Black & color illustrated glossy wraps. 408 pp. 500 color, 133 bw plates. "This book and corresponding exhibition, meant to retrace the stylistic development of costume jewelry over the twentieth century in Europe and America, offers scholars and the general public a look at a thorough and organized selection of nonprecious ornaments and accessories. All of the costume jewelry included here was chosen because in some way it constitutes a paradigm, some important aspect of the infinite variety of patterns, subjects, and themes that distinguish these modern-age 'objects of desire,' with their grace, beauty, eccentricity, and sense of humor. ... The goal has been to provide the general public with a comprehensive -- though far from exclusive -- overview of twentieth-century costume jewelry, and to lay the foundations for a methodical and scholarly examination of costume jewelry." (intro) A very nice copy of this book, containing hundreds of superb color plates.
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