Schreiner: Masters of Twentieth Century Costume Jewelry
Carole Tanenbaum and Eve Townsend


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Schreiner is a luxurious book offering the first concise history of one of North America’s foremost designers of high-end costume jewelry, a genre of jewelry popularized by Coco Chanel, and one of the most collected brands today.

Created in New York City by founder Henry Schreiner in 1932, the eponymous company flourished during the early 1940s. During the 1950s under the leadership of Henry's daughter, the company's unusual color combinations, handmade settings, and use of custom-made stones set them apart from their contemporaries, leaving behind a legacy for jewelry experts and admirers to study, covet, and collect to this day.  

For thousands of collectors of Schreiner jewelry worldwide, Schreiner provides valuable insight into their collections from the family itself. With hundreds of breathtaking photographs, the breadth of the Schreiner oeuvre is explicated, from the somber years of the Great Depression through the rise of the American ready-to-wear industry. Through the optimistic yet conforming 1950s, the youthful antiestablishment of the 1960s, and the feminist movement of the 1970s, the designs and materials of these pieces reflect the moods and mores of the decades in which they were made. 

About the Authors:

Carole Tanenbaum is an enthusiastic collector who—over the course of thirty years—turned her passion for vintage costume jewelry into a worldwide business. Her first book Fabulous Fakes enlightened collectors and fashionistas alike. Carole lives in Toronto with her husband and family.

Eve Townsend holds an MA in fashion from Ryerson University, where her research focused on the history of costume jewelry and its relation to the democratization of fashion. She continues to research, write, and lecture about jewelry and fashions from the Victorian era to today. She resides in Toronto.

ISBN: 978-0-9987474-0-8
228 pages; 8 1/2 x 8 1/2"; hardcover