Accessories have their own devoted fans. Barbara Berger has amassed the largest collection of fashion jewelry anywhere—4,000 pieces that have traveled to museums around the world, most recently to the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, where a selection is on display until January 2014. "It’s easy," says Berger, who spends six hours a day on her hobby from her home base in Mexico City. "You can find fashion jewelry anyplace, and you can afford it. It empowers a woman." The personal angle for Berger is that the collection evokes her mother. "She was a model, and very elegant, and she died when I was 12," she says. "This is about memories for me."
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The Appeal of Collecting
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