Sunday, April 11, 2010
Last month I looked through the kind of mail order book catalog I usually toss into the recycle bin without a glance and I'm glad I did because for just $5.95 I got a beautiful book about vintage costume jewelry called Fabulous Fakes--A Passion for Vintage Costume Jewelry by Carole Tanenbaum. It's broken down by time periods from the Victorian era to the 21st Century and the pieces are in glorious color with detailed photography. Tanenbaum's favorite period is jewelry from the 50's and 60's and I understood why when I saw this gorgeous necklace from the 1950's. She notes it is an "elaborate French poured-glass collar necklace, possibly by Maison Gripoix for Chanel." Since buying her book I've learned that she sells vintage costume jewelry through her own Web site, caroletanenbaum.com, and recently offered spring brooches to the readers of the Mrs. O Web site, mrs-o.org, a blog I'm getting into, which I first read about in Vogue, devoted to the style of Michelle Obama. Mrs. O is also a fan of Mrs. T and has worn pieces from her retail collection in her duties as First Lady.
It's funny how at times everything is connected.