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Bejeweled : great designers, celebrity style
Proddow, Penny.
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New York : H.N. Abrams, 2001.
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144 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 x 28 cm
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NK7310 .P76 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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This glittery volume celebrates the top jewelry designers of the 20th century--including Cartier, Tiffany, Harry Winston and Picasso--their creations and their unique sense of style. 150 photos.

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Booklist Review

Gemstones--and the craft of creating wearable art--never cease to interest readers of any gender or age. In two new books, scientists and journalists probe different jewelry topics, but with surprisingly similar results. In readiness for a major exhibition at New York City's American Museum of Natural History and Chicago's Field Museum, curator Landman and his colleagues chronicle everything you ever wanted to know about the pearl, beginning with the fact that not all are born in oysters or made of mother of pearl. Their book, festooned with a variety of photographs and illustrations from ancient and modern times, clearly achieves its mission of one-stop informational source-about history; cultivation; physical, chemical, and optical properties; harvesting; and saving. An invaluable reference for all kinds of information-gathering and curiosity-sating. In contrast, Proddow and Fasal, old hands at producing attractive books, plunge into an admiring history of twentieth-century jewelry designers, beginning with the big five (including Tiffany and Cartier). Considering that their tome is riddled with celebrity names, doings, and photographs, they nonetheless provide a good synopsis of different groups; the minimalists, such as Elsa Peretti, concentrate on sensual and spare lines, while other jewelers, such as Paloma Picasso and David Yurman, sport highly distinctive, easy-to-identify looks. Good color and black-and-white photographs of jewelry and people accompany each well-written biographical snapshot. This is designer jewelry 101 for the novice buyer or collector. -Barbara Jacobs

Publisher's Weekly Review

The jewelers to the stars are featured in Penny Proddow and Marion Fasel's Bejeweled: Great Designers, Celebrity Style. Peggy Guggenheim in mobile-like Calder earrings; Marlene Dietrich in emeralds and diamonds by Trabert & Hoeffer-Mauboussin; the Duchess of Windsor in Belperron's chalcedony, sapphire and diamond "suite"; Cher in Bulgari's Star Spangled Banner collection; Courtney Love in diamonds by Hafner; and numerous other glitterati and their gems appear in this study in high-profile, top-dollar frivolity. Some of the pieces by Fouquet, Lalique, Flato and a few others are true landmarks. Fashionistas and the Hollywood set will enjoy this tour of some 20th-century streets actually paved with gold. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved