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Most of Unsigned Beauties of Costume Jewelry: Identification & Values by Marcia "Sparkles" Brown, consists of labeled, full color photographs of pieces of jewelry including brooches, bracelets, necklaces, earrings, and more. The book also contains an introduction and sections discussing such topics as rhinestone history and tips for starting a collection. A glossary, bibliography, and index further add to the book's usefulness. But it's the stunningly beautiful photographs that really give this book its punch. Brown has assembled an eye-popping collection of pieces that employ many different motifs: butterflies, floral designs, fish, birds, mythological/fantasy figures, whimsical characters, fruit, patriotic motifs, abstract geometric forms, pieces reminiscent of military medals or heraldic insignia, and more. Unlike its companion book Signed Beauties of Costume Jewelry also by the same author, this volume recognizes and shows the beauty and often superb craftsmanship of the unsigned pieces. Pictured are rhinestones of a rich variety of shapes and colors. Every page brings new and marvelous treasures. The pictures are all bright, clear, and vibrant. In her author's notes at the start of the book, Brown notes that she considers rhinestone jewelry to be "the true 'American art form.'" Her passion for the subject really shines through in this visually pleasing compendium.


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