22 Pieces Of Amazing Costume Jewelry You’d Never Know Are Fake

Barbara Berger is 70, but has been amassing her 4,000-piece collection of costume jewelry since age 13. Her incredible, rare pieces are the subject of a new museum exhibit and book — do ogle some of the best. posted on

1. This is the perfect bib because it doubles as a necklace and neck-warmer.

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A Maison Gripoix bib; circa 2000.

2. Why bother investing in a brooch if it’s not neon?

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NSFW Billy Boyn brooches; 1988.

3. Have you ever heard someone say, “That’s too many tassles?” Me neither.

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A Miriam Haskell necklace that; circa late 1950s.

4. It’s a shame mother nature can’t glitterize all leaves like this.

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A Roger Jean-Pierre brooch; circa the 1950s-1960s.

5.
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A Maison Gripoix brooch; circa 2000.

6.
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A Iradj Moini brooch that is circa 1994.

7. Or that the sun isn’t this flawless.

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Yves Saint Laurent necklace; circa 1980s.

8. This is ideal for the Fourth of July.

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Jazz up any old backyard BBQ.

Lawrence Vrba bib necklace; early 1990s.

9. The more jewels, the merrier.

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A Balenciaga pendant; circa the 1960s.

10.
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A Chanel brooch; 1990.

11. Another gorgeous bib necklace.

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A Mimi Di N bib necklace; circa 1960s-1970s.

12. Can you grasp owning 4,000 pieces of jewelry like this?

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You’re probably green with, well, you know.

A Miriam Haskell bib necklace; 1954.

13. A gorgeous corsage for any occasion.

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A Valentino cuff bracelet; circa the 1970s - 1980s.

14. Pearls and stones and gold, oh my!

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Remember: all fake!

Schreiner bib necklace; circa 1960s.

15. Known as the “Fruit Salad” bracelet. It does look delicious.

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Trifari bracelet; circa the 1940s.

16. Stars really should come in every color of the rainbow.

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Yves Saint Laurent necklace; circa 2000.

17. This eye doesn’t seem evil, not one bit. Actually, it seems quite magical.

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A Roger Jean-Pierre brooch; circa 1950s - 1960s.

18. No jewelry collection is complete without bird pins.

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Nettie Rosenstein dress clip; circa 1930s - 1940s.

19. Or lobster pins.

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Iradj Moini brooch; 1955.

20. Also necessary: insects.

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Marcel Boucher brooch; 1941.

21.
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A Coro brooch from 1944.

22. And of course: swans.

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Trifari brooches; 1941 and 1942.

The exhibit will run from June 25, 2013 to January 20, 2014 at New York’s Museum of Arts and Design.

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