New Costume Jewelry Book to Hit Shelves

London–With so many costume jewelry trends looking to the past, this is a good time to check out this book in the present.

Tracing the history of costume jewelry, from Ancient Egypt to modern day America,  Costume Jewelry (Miller’s/Octopus, September 2012, $19.99), by Judith Miller, features 256 pages and 1,000 color photographs.

Perfect for retailers looking to offer their jewelry-loving customers something new; great for designers looking for inspiration; and ideal for fashionistas who just can’t get enough jewelry. Whether you’re a new or established collector, or simply interested in vintage fashion, this book tells you everything you need to know. Who are the big name designers? Who are the rising stars? Where are the new collecting areas? What should you look for when buying? Let this colorful coffee table book be your guide.

Including a comprehensive introduction to costume jewelry—from Ancient Egypt to 19th-century America—the book provides information on 20th-century jewelry by iconic names such as Trifari, Coro, Chanel and Dior. Art Deco jewelry, costume jewelry in Hollywood films, Bakelite and unsigned pieces are all explored. Costume Jewelry also examines the lives of the designers and their inspirations, as well as showing hundreds of beautiful designs and the most sought-after makers’ marks.

About the Author: Judith Miller began collecting in the 1960s while a student at Edinburgh University in Scotland. A leading expert on antiques and design through international research, in 1979 Judith co-founded the international best-seller Miller’s Antiques Price Guide and has since written more than 100 books, all of which are held in high regard by collectors and dealers.


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Lauren Parker, Accessories Magazine

Lauren Parker, Editor-in-Chief, Accessories Magazine &
As Editor-in-Chief of Accessories for the past 14 years, Lauren Parker has covered women's fashion accessories both from a retail business perspective and a fashion point of view. She frequently judges industry design competitions and loves seeing the next generation of designers come into their own. In previous full-time magazine jobs and freelance gigs, she’s written about practically every angle of fashion lifestyle living, including women's fashion accessories, fine jewelry, Caribbean travel, private jets, Hampton’s real estate, the New York art scene, the bridal industry, men’s lifestyle and being a mom. She loves meeting designers and seeing how their latest offerings capture the current zeitgeist and fit into the entire cultural and social picture.