Are you going with natural pearls, cultured or imitation? Have you thought of pearl size and colour, strand length, clasp style…? Which flaws should you look out for, and what are lustre and nacre thickness again? There are countless elements to consider before investing in new or vintage pearls. Gemologist Renée Newman explains all of them in the updated 5th edition of her pearl reference guide. With over 300 colour photos, tips on how to wear your pearls and a chapter on how to keep them in tip-top condition.
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This beautifully illustrated, compact reference book introduces newbies to the world of vintage shopping. The author, a vintage dealer herself, guides you through the entire process: from familiarizing yourself with the lingo, recognizing good workmanship and quality fabrics, to designers and their different price points, a handy description of signature silhouettes per decade, and tips on how to clean and care for your newly purchased item.
Author and former fashion designer Sharyne Wolfe has compiled a no-frills shopping guide for readers “with a passion for fashion, but without the bank account or credit card limit to support it”. New York City and Long Island are a treasure trove for bargain hunters, and this book aims to give you a head start by listing the most interesting sample sales, discount specialty stores, outlet stores and consignment and thrift shops out there. The 144 pages of addresses are arranged by category, the short shop descriptions complemented by tips on how to best plan your shopping route. There’s no time to waste when you’re on a mission…