End of October Book Review by
Title: Unsigned Beauties of Costume Jewelry Identification & Values
Author: Marcia “Sparkles” Brown
Type of Book: Hard Cover
Average Price: $24.95 to &16.00
In or Out of Print: In print
Number of Pages: 270
Brief Description of Book: Marcia has put together a book focusing on the thousands
of pieces of costume jewelry that were not marked by the manufacturers.
NOTE: Reviews Based on the following Scoring Measure:
1 Being “Forget It” and 10 Being “Must Have”
QUANTITY OF PICTURES:
Comments: Lots and Lots of pictures
QUALITY OF PICTURES:
Black and White Pictures?
How good are the pictures?
Are there close ups of the marks?
Comments: All jewelry pictures are in color but the quality runs from
Very good to Very poor.
QUANTITY OF INFORMATION:
Range of information offered?
Is information thorough?
Comments: Book offers some basic info but is not about information, but more About drawing your attention to the value of unmarked jewelry.
SCORE: I am going to leave this one blank
QUALITY OF INFORMATION:
Accuracy (are there mistakes?):
SCORE: I am going to leave this one blank also
Are they helpful or realistic?
Comments : I thank that the valves listed are very good and if anything Are a little low
Is the book easy to read and follow?
Are things easy to find (table of contents/index)?
Comments: I think the book did very good here with what it was working with
TOTAL AVERAGE SCORE..... 7.5
Is this a must have book? Yes and No, Makes a good training book for the begining collector or dealer. Over time You will learn to identify the Makers of a lot of the pieces in the book.
Overall Comments: To the beginner this book is just a lot of pictures of pretty jewelry with unknown Makers that seem to be destined to remain forever unknowns. But are they really?
I have not looked thought this book in a long time. As I went through the pictures I found that I could identify some of the pieces in the pictures.
A Eisenberg, Little Nemo, D&E Juliana, Czech, Austria, Germany, Wiese, Selro, but I must confess that there was a time that they all were just unknowns to me too.
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