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In “Judith Ripka by Judith,” founder and designer Judith Ripka shares her passion for jewelry, the story of her success and proudest moments—from humble beginnings designing from home to building a global brand.

The book’s foreword, by Dr. Joyce F. Brown, president of the Fashion Institute of Technology, thoughtfully notes how Ripka’s career has been the perfect combination of destiny and talent. “Jewelry is about wishes and dreams. And while some may refer to the symbolic value of jewelry in a woman’s life, Judith’s evolution from a child playing in her mother’s jewelry box to a world-renowned designer is the fulfillment of her own lifelong dream. You need only look at her distinctive, elegant, and precision-perfect collections or consider her long record of success as the founder of a now multimillion-dollar international business to recognize the passion, persistence, and sheer determination that started with a dream.”

In 1977, Judith Ripka launched her first 18-karat gold collection. With her organic eye for design and keen color interpretation, she is a major force in American accessories design.

Beautifully illustrated with personal photographs and magnificent pieces from her collection, this more than 200-page book is a treat for jewelry lovers and aficionados everywhere.

Born and raised in New York, Judith’s earliest memories are of playing in her mother’s jewelry box and accessorizing her clothing by tying a heart charm to her belt, hanging a pin off a chain or transforming a necklace into a belt and weaving it through the belt-loops of her jeans.

The book also explores Ripka’s relationship with her clients—who include Oprah, Hillary Clinton, Kate Hudson and Miley Cyrus—and how she developed her approach to accessorizing. For Ripka, fashion is about style and creating a total look—including the jewelry!

Using only the finest diamonds, colored precious gemstones and pearls, each piece of jewelry is designed to complement each other, to present an entire ensemble that remain timelessly elegant.

“Judith Ripka by Judith” is available from Assouline at Judith Ripka and Books & Books Bal Harbour.

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