Schreiner: Masters of Twentieth-Century Costume Jewelry

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When one thinks of costume jewelry, one typically thinks of brands like Trifari, Hobe, Eisenberg, Haskell, Coro, and Boucher. However, there are other, lesser-known brands (such as Sorrell, Sandor, Amourelle, Vendome, Coppola E. Toppo, Schreiner, and Gripoix), that boast collections that are arguably just as stunning as those offered by the better-known brands. This book focuses on one of the lesser-known brands – Schreiner – whose collection is among the most imaginative and creative collections of costume jewelry.

Coffee-table books are typically over-sized and contain exquisite pictures of their subject matter. The supporting text serves to adorn the pictures, and the experience is a visual feast. This book is not over-sized but better suited for holding and reading. The pictures are as stunning as those found in coffee-table books. The detail that the macro photography offers helps the viewer appreciate the fine details and intricacies of the various pieces and is likely to delight jewelry collectors.

While the book may draw in readers through its pictures, they may stay to read about the two generations that ran the Schreiner Jewelry Company. Part 1 outlines Henry Schreiner’s migration to America and entrance into the costume jewelry business. Part 2 continues the Schreiner history as Henry’s daughter, Terry, and son-in-law, Ambros, take over the company. This chapter ends with Ambros’s death and the decision to close the company. Part 3 departs from the historical narrative and focuses on the manufacturing techniques used to produce the fine pieces of jewelry.

Throughout the book, exquisite pictures of Schreiner jewelry grace the pages. My only regret is that the backs of these pieces are not shown, which would have been very useful when discussing the various production techniques. Otherwise, it is an excellent book for those interested in costume jewelry.

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Star Count 4.5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 228 pages
Publisher G Arts
Publish Date 2017-Nov-07
ISBN 9780998747408 Buy this Book
Issue April 2018
Category Fashion & Beauty


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