Fabulous Fakes by Carole Tanenbaum
A Passion for Vintage Costume Jewelry

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You may have seen them in some wonderful old movie, sparkling on Audrey Hepburn or Claudette Colbert, looking as if they cost millions of dollars. They didn’t; they are not the real thing. But even though they are faux, they’re made with the same care and attention as the real things: strands of artificial pearls individually knotted, “gems” hand set and pronged, plastic bangles more stunning than ivory. Fabulous Fakes gives you one hundred years of the most amazing pieces of costume jewelry ever produced, in brilliant and beautiful color.

It tells their story, starting with mass-produced Victorian jewelry, moving through the wonderfully sophisticated lines of art deco geometrics, and parking at the doorstep of 1990s designer and artisanal jewelry.

Whether you love the boldness of Czech crystal or the delicate handiwork of Miriam Haskell, whether your jewels are part of your everyday fashion or a breathtaking collection of objets, the thrill of finding them is the same. Fabulous Fakes is your treasure map to discovering the craftsmanship and tradition that have made these pieces part of our collective memory.

About Carole Tanenbaum

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Carole Tanenbaum, a high-profile personality in the worlds of costume jewelry and fashion, is one of North America’s foremost collectors of vintage costume jewelry. Her pieces are featured in more than forty international venues, including Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, and Barneys, and have been showcased in exhibitions in museums that include New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. Born and raised in New York, she now lives in Toronto and Palm Beach.
Published January 1, 2006 by Madison Press Books. 224 pages
Genres: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Arts & Photography, Education & Reference. Non-fiction