From disposable bauble to collectible art form! Stylish and beautiful, vintage costume jewelry ignites the passions of collectors and fashionistas alike. Originally created as an inexpensive accessory to be worn and then discarded, costume jewelry is now considered an art form worth many times its original purchase price! Warman's Costume Jewelry sparkles with wearable art creating during the past 100 years, spanning the Victorian era through the early part of the 21st century. Dazzling jewelry images, histories, profiles, and current market values are presented by one of the most highly regarded jewelry experts in the country, Pamela Y. Wiggins. * Detailed descriptions and up-to-date pricing information for more than 750 pieces of jewelry * Valuable background information about jewelry designers and manufacturers * Tips on dating and identifying costume jewelry Warman's Costume Jewelry offers a brilliant showcase for all the glitters!
Pamela Y. Wiggins' passion for costume jewelry includes studying pieces in her own collection and items she offers through her business--Chic Antiques by Pamela Wiggins--as well as exploring how popular culture and historical events shaped adornment worn decades ago. She is the co-founder of Costume Jewelry Collectors International, a global organization dedicated to costume jewelry education and holding renowned events for collectors. Wiggins also works as a free-lance writer and editor specializing in antiques and collectibles, serving as the antiques expert for About.com. She is a contributor to a number of national and regional publications on a variety of topics with a focus on collectible jewelry.