Explore designs for jewellery in natural and synthetic plastics throughout the 20th century. This fun and visually exciting book presents lavish and popular jewellery designs chronologically, covering many types of plastics -- from Bakelite, celluloid, and Lucite to Plexiglas, natural plastics, and resins. Brooches, necklaces, beads, and earrings appear in many colours and textures that represent the leading styles of each decade. 365 colour photographs and period catalogue pages display all the styles in an interesting and easy-to-understand sequence. Popular makers such as Trifari, Lisner, Coro, Kramer, Kenneth Jay Lane, and Les Bernard, and more are all well represented. Enjoy the diversity that defines plastic jewellery of the 20th century!
Brand: Schiffer Publishing
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As a collector (and occasional dealer) or plastic jewelry, this is one of a few books I regularly return to, either just or pleasure or to try to find out more information about a piece or type of jewelry.
The author knows her stuff, and begins the book with an "Introduction to 20th Century Plastic Jewelry" -- an explanation of the various types of plastic and their histories and uses. Vintage advertisements and promotional materials for the substances are shown as well. From there, the book is divided into three sections: 1. Early in the Century 2. Mid-century Modern 3. Late in the Century
Each section starts out with a little introductory text, but from there on the focus is the jewelry. The photos are well done, so you can see the detail. They are occasionally interspersed with a vintage advertisement for jewelry. Each photo is in color, and has a brief descriptive caption and estimated price.
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