by Maria Teresa Cannizzaro
review by Anna Ferreira

A photo fo the book cover from "Brillanti Illusioni".


In Brillanti Illusioni, Maria Teresa Cannizzaro, a lover and keen collector of vintage American costume jewelry, presents the geographical, historical and cultural aspects that explain why the American costume jewelry industry was centered in the area of Providence, Rhode Island. This delightful handbook honors the thousands of craftspeople, including many Italians (the text is in both Italian and English) who played a role in the creation of the gorgeous jewelry we all enjoy so much.

This slim volume is beautifully illustrated with a truly fantastic "ABC" of Kenneth J. Lane pieces. Mr. Lane is one of the authorís favorite designers, a man who has always had strong ties with both Italy and Rhode Island. Fantasy, fable, mythology and nature flow before the readerís eyes in the form of colorful, elegant and whimsical KJL rings, bracelets, brooches and necklaces. Ms. Cannizzaro describes each with the brilliance of a woman well versed in this imaginative world! Youíll wish you owned each and every one. This is an "ABC" every student and admirer of fabulous jewelry should have.

Review reprinted with permission from Vintage Fashion & Costume Jewelry and the author

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