• Definitive, complete assessment of dress jewelry
  • Follows the evolution of dress jewellery from bourgeois France to the current day
  • Lavishly illustrated reference e-book – a should-purchase for jewellery fanatics and Model historians
  • Includes a exceptional vary of designers together with Lalique, Fouquet, Dior, Balenciaga, Versace and lots of more


Costume jewellery is frequently understood to imply stylish but inexpensive adornments made out of non-treasured subject material. Originating in in mid-1700s France with the upward thrust of the bourgeoise, the earliest ‘dress jewellery’ mimicked wonderful jewellery kinds. Due to the fact then, dress jewellery has all the time been evolving. From Victorian sentimentalism to the industrially produced embellishes to be had as of late, dress jewellery has evolved into an artform in its personal proper. An encyclopedic have a look at of its historical past is lengthy past due.

Flush with skilled data, id guidelines and ancient anecdotes, Decorating Model explores the advance of dress jewellery around the previous 4 centuries. The kinds of each and every generation – Victorian, Edwardian, Arts & Crafts, Jugenstil, Artwork Nouveau, and each and every decade of the 20 th century – are given particular person consideration. Manufacturing strategies also are defined extensive. Alloys and gilded electroplating can mimic silver and gold, whilst the refraction index of handled glass can, to the untrained eye, be incorrect for diamond.

Adorning Model discusses the contributions of a exceptional roster of designers and innovators, together with Kokichi Mikimoto, Arthur L. Liberty, Carlo Giuliano, René Lalique, Elizabeth Bonté, the Castellani brothers, Jean Fouquet, Jean Després, Fulco di Verdura, Jean Schlumberger, Salvador Dalí, Miriam Haskell, Lina Baretti, Countess Cissy Zoltowska, Line Vautrin, Kenneth Jay Lane, Francisco Rebajes, Diane Love, Christian Dior, Balenciaga, Chanel, Van Cleef & Arpels, % Rabanne, Yves Saint Laurent, Napier, Haskell, Trifari, Brania, Bulgari, Versace and extra.