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An ongoing feature of the Jewelry Ring which will better equip us in our endeavors to add quality vintage costume jewelry books to our present individual libraries.

Now coming to you from the Desk of Manon Kavesky, our JR roving reporter, shown to the left with her top assistant,Nino.


Date(s): March 17, 2005. Album by Jewelry Ring. 1 - 133 of 133 Total. 10119 Visits.
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Title: The Napier Co. Defining 20th Century American Costume Jewelry

Author: Melinda L. Lewis with Henry Swen

Can be purchased here:
Napier Book


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Review by Manon Kavesky

Title: The Napier Co. Defining 20th Century American Costume Jewelry

Author: Melinda L. Lewis with Henry Swen

Type of Book: Hard Cover

Average Price:  $139.00

In Print: Yes

Pages: 1011 pages long



Brief Description of Book:

This is the definitive history of the Napier Company a solid and stylish American costume jewelry producer. The Napier Co. is generally arranged in decade long segments from the early days when Napier was the E.A. Bliss company in the mid 1870’s to the present day.

Every page boasts beautiful large color photos of jewelry pieces as well as descriptive captions and prices. These are professional quality images showing the true beauty of these pieces. For collectors specifically there are photos of the reverse sides of some pieces as well as findings and fasteners.

There are wonderful photos of very popular Na...


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Title: Mexican Jewelry

Author:  Mary L Davis and Greta Pack

Can be purchased at Amazon.com


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Title: Mexican Jewelry

Author:  Mary L Davis and Greta Pack

Type of Book: paperback

Average Price:  CHEAP! Starting at $4.95 on Amazon
In Print: yes
Pages: 262

Brief Description of Book:
This is a classic book on jewelry first published in 1963. Mexican Jewelry covers a Mexico that I am sure has been lost to progress. It is fascinating armchair travel guide on jewelry. The first half of the book goes deep into the history of Mexico, the conquest of Mexico by the Spanish the different regions of the country and the jewelry that is created in these regions. Nice focus on Mexican motifs from the pre-Hispanic period you may even be able to identify some of those unusual shaped creatures that are on some pieces. The book focuses on adornment for women as well as a short section on the men’s Charro style. The authors always keep the text jewelry related.

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March 2011 Book Review

Bijoux by Deanna Farneti Cera

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BY MANON KAVESKY

Title: Bijoux

Author: Deanna Farneti Cera

Type of Book: paper

Average Price:  $19.95 list price, mine was $12.48 on Amazon

In Print: yes

Pages: 378



Brief Description of Book: Yummy!



Bijoux is full of really beautiful photos of high quality top shelf pieces of costume jewelry. The jewelry pieces selected strike a nice balance between rare and unusual jewels and those items that could be attained with a good eye and a healthy checkbook. There are no duds in this book.



Bijoux hails from an Italian publisher and the chapter text and captions are presented side by side in Italian and English. It seems ironic the author called the book Bijoux which is French for jewelry. Perhaps they used the French because there are so many French pieces included.



The first short chapter discussed the difference between imitat...


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February 2011 Book Review

Traditional Jewelry of India by
Oppi Untracht

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BY MANON KAVESKY

Title: Traditional Jewelry of India
Author: Oppi Untracht
Type of Book: Hard cover and paperback edition
Average Price: starts at $21.99 used in hard cover, new paper at $33.00
In Print: yes
Pages: 432

Brief Description of Book: An encyclopedic study of East Indian jewelry. A labor of love by the author who had been collecting since the 1950’s. This is a huge book full of color and black and white photos, which you can look at it over and over again. I have had this book since the summer and everyone who comes to my house seems to take a long look through it. Even friends who do not “get” jewelry seem to get lost in the pages for a while.

Traditional Jewelry of India features more than 800 photos of jewelry and people wearing jewelry as well as animals and statues. The photos of people wearing some of the pieces are helpful because you can’t figure out how some pieces should actu...

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JULY 2010 BOOK REVIEW

Title: Warman’s Jewelry: Fine and Costume Jewelry, 4th Edition Identification and Price Guide

Author: Kathy Flood

May be purchased at Amazon.com


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BY MANON KAVESKY


Title: Warman’s Jewelry: Fine and Costume Jewelry, 4th Edition Identification and Price Guide

Author: Kathy Flood

Type of Book: Hard Cover

Average Price: $20.00

In Print: yes

Pages: 288



Brief Description of Book: This is the fourth edition of Warman’s Jewelry the publisher has changed everything about the book. It hardly seems to be a continuation of the previous three volumes.

New author, Kathy Flood
New layout all color no black and white
Does not look like a traditional price guide it is a lot more glitzy
Interviews with jewelry dealers, collectors and jewelry makers
Lots of text
1000 photos all in color


Quantity of Illustrations: 1000 according to the press release, I don’t count these things. That works out to be about 3.5 photos per page.

Score: 9



Quality of visual material:

Very n...


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MAY 2010 BOOK REVIEW

Title: Jewels and Jewelry: 500 Years of Western Jewelry from the World-Renowned Collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum

Author: Clare Phillips

Can be purchased at Amazon.com


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BY MANON KAVESKY


Title: Jewels and Jewelry: 500 Years of Western Jewelry from the World-Renowned Collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum

Author: Clare Phillips

Type of Book: paperback

Average Price:  $25.00

In Print: yes

Pages: 176



Brief Description of Book: Really outstanding photography of a top of the line jewelry collection. This book is presented in three parts. Each topic is 2-3 pages long with amazing color photography, descriptive captions and very informative text. The first section describes materials used from precious metals to early plastics there are plentiful examples photographed from the collection. The second section, the meat and potatoes of this book, chronologically presents styles in jewelry from the Middle Ages to the contemporary. The third section is interesting with a short segments on early jewelry stores, jewelry boxes and hallmarking...

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MARCH 2010 JR BOOK REVIEW

Title: Mardi Gras Treasures: Jewelry of the Golden Age
Author: Henri Schindler

Can be purchased at Amazon.com


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Title: Mardi Gras Treasures: Jewelry of the Golden Age
Author: Henri Schindler
Type of Book: Hard Cover
In Print for $35.00 better pricing available if you look around online
In Print: Yes
Pages: 160

Brief Description of Book:
Mardi Gras Treasures: Jewelry of the Golden Age covers Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans between the years of 1870-1930. These are popular years for jewelry collectors covering mid Victorian to Art Deco. Lavishly illustrated this book bursts with new color photos of jewelry and archival photos of the kings and queens of the Mardi Gras balls. Beautiful of society ladies and handsome gents wear fabulous costumes augmented with tons of jewels, crowns, tiaras, bracelets pins, stomachers, scepters. The archival photos are fascinating because they show how items were displayed. For example there are multiple photos of Victorian lovelies wearing dazzling rhine...


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JANUARY 2010 JR BOOK REVIEW

HALLMARKS OF THE SOUTHWEST

By Barton Wright

A Schiffer Book for Collectors

Available new and used from

Alibris.com $28 to $45

Amazon.com $30 to $120


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BY MANON KAVESKY

Title: Hallmarks of the Southwest
Author: Barton Wright
Type of Book: Hard Cover
Average Price:  List $45.00 better pricing available on Amazon.com starting at $29.00
In Print: Yes
Pages: 271

Brief Description of Book: A large hardcover book that focuses on the Hallmarks of Southwestern silversmiths and other tribal artists. All tribes are included as well as a few Anglo artists. Hallmarks of the Southwest is an encyclopedia of marks and when known the entry is filled out with little biographies, tribal affiliation, dates, materials and styles and other details. The marks are line drawings. There are a few pages of color photos at the beginning of the book, but if you want a juicy book of silver and turquoise this is not it. It is a hard-working reference book.

Quantity of Illustrations: This is an encyclopedia
Score: 8

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Book Review by NANCY COX

Title: Hallmarks of the Southwest

Author:  Barton Wright

Type of Book:  Hardcover

Average Price: $40

In or Out of Print: In Print

Number of Pages: 271

Brief Description of Book:

Biographical Entries, Initial Entries,

Symbol Entries, Shop Marks, Fetish

Carvers and Heishi Makers, Pottery Makers,

Rug and Basket Makers, Tribal Affiliations,

Unidentified Marks



8 Pages of Beautiful Colored Pictures



A clear and concise book of artist’s marks.

A “Must Have” for the avid Native American jewelry

collectors and a big help for collectors of other

Native American items.



Quality printing on glossy paper.


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MARCH 2009 JR BOOK REVIEW

JEWELS OF PASSION-COSTUME JEWELRY MASTERPIECES
by Sherri R. Duncan

Can be purchased at Amazon.com


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Title: Jewels of Passion: Costume Jewelry Masterpieces
Author: Sherri R. Duncan with Deby A. Roberts
Type of Book: Hard Cover
List Price: $39.99 better pricing available on Amazon.com and Powellsbooks.com
In Print: Yes, published November 2008
Pages: 176

Brief Description of Book: Jewels of Passion is a very personal story
about Sherri Duncan, a veterinarian who got bit by the costume
jewelry-collecting bug in 1996. She has amassed a wonderful collection
of top of the line signed and unsigned pieces.  The jewelry is
beautifully photographed and accompanied by short descriptive captions
for each piece. You will love it or hate it but there are also
personal photo album type photos of the author wearing her fabulous
collection at social events, parties and even on the job in her vet
practice.


Quantity of Illustrations: Very good 360 plus c...


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FEBRUARY 2009 JR BOOK REVIEW
FAMOUS DIAMONDS by Ian Balfour
Antique Collectors' Club; 3rd edition (October 1997)

Can be purchased at Amazon.com


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Title: Famous Diamonds
Author: Ian Balfour
Type of Book: Hard Cover large format, coffee table size
Average Price: $95.00 better pricing available on Amazon.com or Powells.com               
In Print: yes
Pages: 335 pages
Publisher: Antique Collectors Club

A motto that we can all live with…
When I neglect to wear jewels, astute members of my family call in doctors, because it is a sign I am becoming ill” Evelyn Walsh McLean one time owner of the Star of the East and the Hope Diamond.


Brief Description of Book: The title says it all Famous Diamonds! This book tells the stories of 80 plus large and or rare colored diamonds. Who owned them, who stole them, who died wearing them, who sold them, who switched babies at birth to protect their inheritance!! There are yellow diamonds, blue diamonds, black diamonds an...


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JANUARY 2009 BOOK REVIEW
INSIDE THE JEWELRY BOX volume 3
by ANN PITMAN


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JANUARY 2009 BOOK REVIEW

Title: Inside the Jewelry Box Volume 3
A Collectors Guide to Costume Jewelry Identification and Values
Author: Ann Mitchell Pitman
Type of Book: Paperback
Average Price:  $24.95
In Print: Yes
Pages: 208

Brief Description of Book: The third installment is a series of well-received collecting books that combine columns from “Inside the Jewelry Box” with photos of costume jewelry.
There are sections on Forbidden Fruit, Juliana, Schreiner, Patriotic Jewelry Calvaire and more. The photos are sourced from collectors or dealers who photographed their own pieces. Most of the photos are good and clear with only a few exceptions.  There are additional chapters on Necklaces, Bracelets rings etc. and the more chapters on Contemporary Jewelry, a Memorial to Ian St. Gielar and Vintage Ads. All photos are captioned each individual piece is described. There is particular attention t...


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NOVEMBER 2008 BOOK REVIEW
The Art of Juliana Jewelry
by Katerina Musetti
A Schiffer Book
Can be purchased at Amazon.com


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NOVEMBER 2008 BOOK REVIEW
By Manon Kavesky

Title: The Art of Juliana Jewelry
Author: Katerina Musetti
Type of Book: Hard Cover
Average Price: $59.95, better pricing available on Amazon.com
In Print: Yes
Pages: 224

Brief Description of Book: A great book to help you identify the Juliana jewelry in your collection. There are more than 450 full color photos of DeLizza and Elster aka Juliana jewelry included in the Art of Juliana Jewelry. Lots of space is devoted to disclosing and illustrating the characteristics that identify Juliana jewelry. Chapters include: Coveted Cameos, Fabulous Figurals, Elaborate Easter Eggs and many more. Most pages feature 2 or three photos each with descriptions and prices.


Quantity of Illustrations: 450 + illustrations according to the press release and the introduction. Arranged 2 or three pieces to a page. There are some vintage photos of the opera star Reneta Teba...


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SEPTEMBER 2008 BOOK REVIEW
Georgian Jewellery 1714-1830
Authors Ginny Redington Dawes with Olivia Collings

Can be purchased at Amazon.com


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SEPTEMBER 2008 BOOK REVIEW

Title: Georgian Jewellery 1714-1830
Authors Ginny Redington Dawes with Olivia Collings
Type of Book: Hardcover
Average Price: $85.00 in print, available from other sources for less just look around on-line
In Print
Pages: 191
300 color illustrations most are photos but some archival materials.

Brief Description of Book
Georgian Jewellery 1714-1830 is beautiful! There are hundreds of color photos that hook the reader into the dazzling beauty of ornaments of yesterday. The bulk of the pieces in this book were made during the last 50 years of the Georgian Era.
Georgian Jewellery is composed of six chapters the first three; Dawn, Day and Night group jewelry by what time of day it was intended to be worn. Tidbit: Coral was the only natural material that was considered acceptable for all times of the day and night. The remaining chapters group jewels by their purpose: Love, De...


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Brooches:Timeless Adornment
by Lori Ettinger Gross
2008
Can be purchased at Amazon.com


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August Book Review by Manon Kavesky

Title: Brooches: Timeless Adornment
Author: Lori Ettinger Gross
Type of Book: Hard Cover
Retail Price: $45.00
Pages: 192
Rizzoli 2008

Brief Description:
Brooches: Timeless Adornment is a shiny new picture book that focusís on vintage, antique and contemporary brooches. Most of the pieces are fine jewelry but there are a few costume pieces. Many of the fine jewelry designs will be quite familiar to costume jewelry collectors since there has historically been so much overlap between the fine jewelry world and costume. For example there are fruit salad pieces, blinding deco clips, fabulous florals and charming figurals. There are examples from Van Cleef and Arpels, David Webb, Seaman Schepps, Suzanne Belperron, Schiaparelli, Alexis Bittar, and many unmarked treasures.  There are some silly parts in this book but the nice layouts and high quality pieces make up fo...


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Warman's Vintage Jewelry:Identification and Price Guide
by Leigh Leshner
2008

Can be purchased at
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July Book Review by Manon Kavesky
2008
Author: Leigh Leshner
Type of Book: Paperback
Retail Price: $24.95
Pages: 256
Krause Publications 2008

Brief Description of Book:
Warman's Vintage Jewelry: Identification and Price guide focuses on rhinestone jewelry of the 1920s - 1940s. The book sets out to answer 4 questions.
1.What is a piece of jewelry made of?
2.The history behind the pieces of this time period?
3.Age of a piece?
4.And the most common question of all, what is it worth?

The photos on the cover represent the content accurately, white metal, rhinestones, pearls, some colored stones and very ìreal lookingî pieces. Warmanís Vintage Jewelry includes short chapters on collecting, history, care of your rhinestone jewelry and information on settings, cuts and shapes. The bulk of the chapters are photographs of rings, bracelets etc. Each jewelry photo has a short caption describin...


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Warman's Vintage Jewelry

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Delizza and Elster
Memoirs of a Fashion
Jewelry Manufacturer

By Frank R. Delizza

Copyright © 2007 Frank Delizza
Published by Delizza Publishing


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End of July Book Review by
Sam Mitchell


Title: Delizza and Elster
Memoirs of a Fashion Jewelry Manufacturer
Author: Frank R. Delizza
Type of Book: Soft Cover
Average Price: $25.00
In or Out of Print: New In Print
Number of Pages: 170
Brief Description of Book:
The book is a year by year memoir of the jewelry company
Delizza and Elster Inc. As told by Frank Delizza.



Well folks here it is the long awaited and talked about book of the company
that created Juliana jewelry.

Covering the time period from the very beginnings in 1903 that lead to the
creation of the company to the closing in what appears to be 1990, the book
reads like a story as told to a interviewer.

While most of the fans of Juliana jewelry will most likely love the book,
the rest of the jewelry world might find it hard to stay with the story.

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End of July Book Review by
Manon Kavesky

Title: DeLizza and Elster, Inc: Memoirs of a Fashion Jewelry
Manufacturer
Author: Frank R. DeLizza
Type of Book: Paperback,
Average Price: $25.00
In Print
Pages: 171
Brief Description of Book: Memoirs of a Fashion Jewelry Manufacturer
lives
up to the title. It is indeed a memoir of a lifetime in the jewelry
business. Frank DeLizza shares interesting background stories and
anecdotes
about the rise and rise of a family business from the late 1940’s to
the
1990’s. His memoir is written in a chatty or conversational style and
it
sounds as if you are talking to the author! (According to Cheryl
Killmer!)
There are lots of photographs and illustrations. Many of the photos are
from
family albums putting faces to the names in this book. There are also
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Secrets to Collecting Jewelry
How to Buy More for Less
By: Leigh Leshner

Published by: KP Books
An Imprint of F+W Publications, Inc.Krause Publications
Krause Publications


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End of June Book Review by
Sam Mitchell


Title: Secrets to Collecting Jewelry How to Buy More for Less
Author: Leigh Leshner
Type of Book: Paperback
Average Price: $19.99
In or Out of Print: In Print
Number of Pages: 272
Brief Description of Book: Book has tips on where to buy jewelry and shows methods of identifying the jewelry periods, style, material and findings.


NOTE:   Reviews Based on the following Scoring Measure:
1 Being “Forget It” and 10 Being “Must Have”

QUANTITY OF PICTURES:
    Comments: Ordinary pictures
   SCORE: 6

QUALITY OF PICTURES:
    Black and White Pictures?
    Color?
    How good are the pictures?
    Are there close ups of the marks?
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End of June Book Review by
Manon Kavesky

Title: Secrets to Collecting Jewelry; How to Buy More for Less!
Author: Leigh Leshner
Type of Book: Paperback
Average Price: $19.99
Pages: 272
Brief Description of Book

This is a good book for beginners. It is really an overview. The
information
is well organized with a table of contents and index so the reader can find the answer to most queries. This book is similar to How To Be a Jewelry

Detective (reviewed earlier this year) although, Secrets has better
photography and higher production values. The title promises Secrets
and How to Buy More For Less. I am not sure that these claims can be supported.

There is good section on findings. For example, did I buy a fur clip or a dress clip? Secrets to Collecting Jewelry includes clear photos of findings so the curious reader can discover the difference. Another question that
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Costume Jewelry 101
The basics of starting, building,
and upgrading. Identification and
price guide.

By Julia C. Carroll

Published By Collectors Books
A Division of Schroeder Publishing C0.Inc.


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End of April Book Review by
Sam Mitchell


Title: Costume Jewelry 101 the basics of starting, building & upgrading
Author: Julia C. Carroll
Type of Book: Large Soft Bound
Average Price: $24.95
In or Out of Print: In print
Number of Pages: 304

Brief Description of Book: Julia has put together a really good book in a format that is
great for the beginning collector. Really unique to the book is Julia’s acronym “GUIDE”
and how each letter is used in evaluating the jewelry you want to buy

1. NOTE: Reviews Based on the following Scoring Measure:
1 Being "Forget It" and 10 Being "Must Have"

QUANTITY OF PICTURES:
Comments: Lots of pictures
SCORE: 8

QUALITY OF PICTURES:
Black and White Pictures?
Color?
How good are the pictures?
Are there close ups of the marks?
Comments: All jewelry pictures are in color with Add’s in black and white. Surprisingly enough
there are few pictures of marks
SCORE: 7
<...


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End of April Book Review by
Manon Kavesky

Title: Collecting Costume Jewelry 101: The Basics of Starting, Building
and
Upgrading Identification and Value Guide.
Author: Julia C. Carroll
Type of Book: Paperback, with sewn signatures! (This means a big book
won't
fall apart)
Average Price: $24.99
In Print
Pages: 304

Brief Description of Book
This book lives up to its name and is a great gift for someone you may
know
who is just getting hooked on buying vintage costume jewelry. It would
make
a great companion gift to a fabulous vintage piece. This book
Collecting 101
is a bit basic for many of the subscriber's to this list.

The core thesis of the book is G-U-I-D-E an acronym that stands for:
    Is the piece in Good condition?
    Do U Like it?
    Is it a good investment?
    Is the piece designer signed ...


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How to be a Jewelry Detective
"Elementary" Clues to solving the mysteries of Jewelry.

By C. Jeanenne Bell, G.G.
"The Jewelry Detective"  

Published by A.D. Publishing.


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End of March Book Review by
Sam Mitchell


Title: "How to be a Jewelry Detective"
Author: Jeanenne Bell
Type of Book: Soft Bound
Average Price: $16.99 to $22.00
In or out of Print: In print
Number of Pages: 166

Brief Description of Book:  Jeanenne has put together a handbook packed with the Basic Info to get you started on your way to becoming a
"Jewelry Detective"
                             

NOTE:   Reviews Based on the following Scoring Measure:
1 Being "Forget It" and 10 Being "Must Have"


QUANTITY OF PICTURES: NA
QUALITY OF PICTURES: NA
QUANTITY OF INFORMATION: 9
QUALITY OF INFORMATION: 9   
USER FRIENDLY: 9
     

TOTAL AVERAGE SCORE:  9



Is this a must have book? YES


Overa...


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End of March Book Review by
Manon Kavesky

How to be a Jewelry Detective
By C. Jeanenne Bell, G.G.


QUANTITY OF PICTURES: 7
QUALITY OF PICTURES: 8
QUANTITY OF INFORMATION: 9
QUALITY OF INFORMATION: 9
USER FRIENDLY: 8

This is a great hands-on how to book. In ten concise chapters the
author
teaches the reader how to deduce information from the clues presented
by a
piece of jewelry.

Chapter one Getting Started instructs the reader how to use their basic
built in tools, sight, touch, teeth, smell plus the loupe. Yes your
real
teeth, they are used to test pearls.

The next chapter, Clues for Fine and Costume Jewelry walks the reader
through the deduction process to determine if several pieces of jewelry
are
fine or costume. There are photographs of the pieces and the author
tells
the reader what to look for. For example, how the stones are set,
prongs or
glue or a mixture of both. ...


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Collecting Costume Jewelry 202
The basics of Dating Jewelry
1935 - 1980
Identification and Value Guide
By Julia C. Carroll

Collectors Books
A Division of Schroeder Publishing Co. Inc.


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End of February Book Review by
Sam Mitchell.


Title: Collecting Costume Jewelry 202
The basics of Dating Jewelry 1935 - 1980
Identification and Price Guide
Author: Julia C. Carol
Type of Book: Large Soft Bound
Average Price: $24.95
In or Out of Print: New
Number of Pages: 495
Brief Description of Book: Advertized as a sequel to “Collecting Costume Jewelry 101,
The book is based on 6 methods with multiple techniques to help in dating costume jewelry

1. 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
SCORE: 9

QUALITY OF PICTURES:
Black and White Pictures?
Color?
How good are the pictures?
Are there close ups of the marks?
Comments: Pictures are good overall. The only black and whites are Add pictures and
crops from patent pictures.
SCORE: 7

QUANTITY OF INFORMATION:
Range of info...


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End of February Book Review by Manon Kavesky


Title: Collecting Costume Jewelry 202: The Basics of Dating Jewelry 1935-1980 Identification and Value Guide.
Author: Julia C. Carroll
Type of Book: Paperback, with sewn signatures! (This means a big book won't fall apart)
Average Price: $24.99
In Print
Pages: 495
Brief Description of Book
This book is as thick as the September issue of Vogue magazine with almost 500 pages of information. The author guides the reader through the basics of dating a piece of jewelry. She uses a six-step process to sleuth out the approximate date of production. There are loads of photos and advertisements to help with dating. Costume Jewelry 202 may also be a "wish book" to keep you looking out for pieces that you just must have!


Quantity of Illustrations:
There are more than 1300 total illustrations in Collecting Costume Jewelry 202. There are 650 new color photographs, 160 original advertisements in color a...


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Inside the Jewelry Box
A Collector's Guide to Costume Jewelry Identification and Value
 By Ann Mitchell Pitman

Collector Books
A Division of Schroeder Publishing Co. Inc


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End of January Book Review by
Sam Mitchell.


Title: Inside the Jewelry Box A Collector’s Guide to Costume Jewelry
Author: Ann Mitchell Pitman
Type of Book: Large Paperback
Average Price: $24.95
In or Out of Print: In print
Number of Pages: 271
Brief Description of Book: The book states that Inside the Jewelry Box is based
around News Columns by Ann Pitman that have run in antique publications.

NOTE: Reviews Based on the following Scoring Measure:
1 Being "Forget It" and 10 Being "Must Have"
QUANTITY OF PICTURES:
Comments: Book has over 1000
SCORE: 9

QUALITY OF PICTURES:
Black and White Pictures?
Color?
How good are the pictures?
Are there close ups of the marks?
Comments: No Black and white pictures of jewelry just a few of jewelry adds.
Pictures run from fair to really good.
Lots of pictures of marks
SCORE: 8

QUANTITY OF INFORMATION:
Range of information offered?
Is information thoro...


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This Spot is Open for Consideration. If you are interested in becoming the "She" of He Said She Said please email me privately..

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YEAR END FAVORITE PICKS FOR 2006 FROM SAM & ADRIENNE...

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SAM'S FAVORITE BOOK REVIEWED IN 2006 IS:
MIRIAM HASKELL JEWELRY BY CATHY GORDON AND SHEILA PAMFILOFF.

Sam says: "I think of all the books we did, this book was the best Educational value.
I know I learned more from this book than any of the others."


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ADRIENNE'S FAVORITE BOOK REVIEWED in 2006 IS:
WARMAN'S JEWELRY BY CHRISTIE ROMERO

Adrienne says: "I think my fav is Warman's as it's got the
most in depth info on the largest variety of jewels. It's the one I
use most for reference out of all my 100+ books.
If I had to pick runner's up, it would be Cathy's and Ginger's, also
for their informational value."


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Collecting Rhinestone & Colored Jewelry 4th Edition
by Maryanne Dolan

Publishers: Krause Publications
Krause Publications


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End of November Book Review by
Sam Mitchell.

Title: Collecting Rhinestone & Colored Jewelry 4th Edition
Author: Maryanne Dolan
Type of Book: Paperback
Average Price: $24.95
In or Out of Print: In print
Number of Pages: 400
Brief Description of Book “What you see is not what you think you see”. That’s part of the opening paragraph as Dolan starts us on the journey of Collecting Rhinestone & Colored Jewelry.


NOTE:   Reviews Based on the following Scoring Measure:
1 Being “Forget It” and 10 Being “Must Have”

QUANTITY OF PICTURES:
   Comments: Lots of pictures
   SCORE: 8

QUALITY OF PICTURES:
    Black and White Pictures?
    Color?
    How good are the pictures?
    Are there close ups of the
    marks?
    Comments: A few color
 &nb...


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End of November Book Review by Adrienne Shivers

Title: Collecting Rhinestone & Colored Jewelry
Author: Maryanne Dolan

General description: Covers all sorts of rhinestone jewelry, including a library of marks

This review will cover several categories and will include a rating for that category 1-10, 1 being 'forget it, 10 being 'must have'. There will also be a short comment about each category and then a general review at the end.

QUANTITY of PICTURES:
Comments: Fair number, but not what I'd call a lot, at least not of jewelry. Lot of reproductions of marks in the library, however
Rating: 6

QUALITY of PICTURES:
Comments: Most pictures are black and white, very few in color. No backs, no marks.   
Rating: 4

QUANTITY of INFORMATION
Comments: The best info in the book is the marks. It covers a lot of costume jewelry companies. None of the rest of the info is unique
Rating: 6

QUALITY of INFOR...


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Unsigned Beauties of Costume Jewelry Identification & Values

By Marcia "Sparkles" Brown

Collector Books
A Division of Schroeder Publishing Co.,Inc.


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End of October Book Review by
Sam Mitchell.


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
SCORE: 9

QUALITY OF PICTURES:
Black and White Pictures?
Color?
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.
SCORE: 5

QUANTITY OF INFORMATION:
Range of information offered?
Is information thorough?
Comment...


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End of October Book Review by Adrienne Shivers

Title: Unsigned Beauties of Costume Jewelry
Author: Maryanne Dolan

General description: Covers all sorts of unsigned costume jewelry, covering some history, tips on collecting and all sorts of types of jewelry.

This review will cover several categories and will include a rating for that category 1-10, 1 being 'forget it, 10 being 'must have'. There will also be a short comment about each category and then a general review at the end.

QUANTITY of PICTURES:
Comments: Loads and loads of pictures
Rating: 9

QUALITY of PICTURES:
Comments: Good clarity and color, some a little small as lots are grouped together. No backs.   
Rating: 7

QUANTITY of INFORMATION
Comments: Lots of info, as far as it goes (see below) about individual pieces, lots of variety
Rating: 5

QUALITY of INFORMATION
Comments: Book was great when it came out in 2000 but is horribly o...


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American Jewelry Manufacturers

By Dorothy T. Rainwater

A Schiffer Book


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End of September Book Review by
Sam Mitchell.

Title: American Jewelry Manufacturers
Author: Dorothy T. Rainwater
Type of Book: Hard Cover
Average Price: $49.95
In or Out of Print: In Print
Number of Pages: 296
Brief Description of Book
Book is of American Jewelry Manufacturers Marks compiled from old trade
journals and  related directories.


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 Marks which is what the book is all about
   SCORE: 9

QUALITY OF PICTURES:
    Black and White Pictures?
    Color?
    How good are the pictures?
    Are there close ups of the marks?
    Comments: All black and white
    SCORE: 9
...


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End of September Book Review by
Adrienne Shivers.

Title: American Jewelry Manufacturers
Author: Dorothy Rainwater

General description: Book is a catalog of jewelry manufacturer marks, trademarks and labels spanning about a century, as well as brief history of the maker.

This review will cover several categories and will include a rating for that category 1-10, 1 being 'forget it, 10 being 'must have'. There will also be a short comment about each category and then a general review at the end.

QUANTITY of PICTURES:
Comments: No pictures of jewelry. Lots of drawings and reproductions of makers marks
Rating: 8

QUALITY of PICTURES:
Comments: Since most of the examples are not the original marks themselves, this doesn't apply.  
Rating: n/a

QUANTITY of INFORMATION
Comments: Huge amount of info compiled if you need to look up a maker. It's the only book available to look up this info, except Dolan, a...


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Fabulous Fakes
A Passion for
Vintage Costume Jewelry

By Carole Tanenbaum

An Artisan / Madison Press Book


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End of August Book Review by
   Sam Mitchell


Title: Fabulous Fakes A Passion for Vintage Costume Jewelry.
Author: Carole Tanenbaum
Type of Book: Hark Cover
Average Price: $12.95 to $35.00
In or Out of Print: In Print
Number of Pages: 223 pages
Brief Description of Book: The book gives a brief description of jewelry along with pictures from the Victorian era to the 21st century.


NOTE:   Reviews Based on the following Scoring Measure:
1 Being “Forget It” and 10 Being “Must Have”

QUANTITY OF PICTURES:
    Comments: Lots of large pictures
   SCORE: 9

QUALITY OF PICTURES:
    Black and White Pictures? None
    Color? All Color
    How good are the pictures? Excellent
    Are there close ups of the marks?
    Comments: There are no pictures of mar...


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End of August Book Review by
   Adrienne Shivers


Title: Fabulous Fakes
Author: Carole Tanenbaum

General description: Book focuses on high-end everything. Small sections on periods, big designers, little designers, old designers, new designers, plastics, bakelite, and unsigned.

This review will cover several categories and will include a rating for that category 1-10, 1 being 'forget it, 10 being 'must have'. There will also be a short comment about each category and then a general review at the end.

QUANTITY of PICTURES:
Comments: A lot of pictures, all color, no backs, no marks.
Rating: 7

QUALITY of PICTURES:
Comments: Great shots, color is superb. Some could be bigger, bur there's so many, some need to be small to make them all fit.
Rating: 9

QUANTITY of INFORMATION
Comments: There are examples of literally everything in this book, as long as it's fabulous. Some bits and pieces ...


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Fun Jewelry
Revised with Updated Values
By Nancy Schiffer

A Schiffer Book For Collectors


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End of June Book Review by
Sam Mitchell



Title: Fun Jewelry
Author: Nancy Schiffer
Type of Book: Soft Cover
Average Price:
In or Out of Print:
I think this version may be out of print
Number of Pages: 159
Brief Description of Book
I think the book was meant to just be a Fun look at jewelry of all styles and time
periods and prices.

NOTE:   Reviews Based on the following Scoring Measure:
1 Being “Forget It” and 10 Being “Must Have”

QUANTITY OF PICTURES:
    Comments: Book said there are over 400
   SCORE: 8

QUALITY OF PICTURES:
    Black and White Pictures? Yes
    Color? Yes
    How good are the pictures?
    Are there close ups of the marks? No
    Comments: The quality of the pictures run from very bad to very good
    ...


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End of June Book Review by
   Adrienne Shivers

Title: Fun Jewelry
Author: Nancy Schiffer
Published: 1996


General description: Book focuses on Figurals, groups them according to type.
This review will cover several categories and will include a rating for that category 1-10, 1 being 'forget it, 10 being 'must have'. There will also be a short comment about each category and then a general review at the end.

QUANTITY of PICTURES:
Comments: A lot of pictures, about 1000 pieces shown according to the author
Rating: 9

QUALITY of PICTURES:
Comments: All color, but a lot are group shots, which means they're smaller, and some are on funky backrounds. No backs, no marks, that was not done 10 years ago.
Rating: 6

QUANTITY of INFORMATION
Comments: While there are lots of pictures, there is very little text about individual items. Some items have the material described, most don't. Very hard t...


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Collecting Art Plastic Jewelry
Identification and Price Guide
by  Leigh Leshner

Published by KP Books
Can be purchased at Krause Publications


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End of May Book Review by
Sam Mitchell

Title: Collecting Art Plastic Jewelry
Author: Leigh Leshner
Type of Book: Paper Back
Average Price: $24.99
In or Out of Print: In print
Number of Pages: 256
Brief Description of Book:
Book covers the basics of collecting Plastic jewelry and has some really Great pictures


NOTE:   Reviews Based on the following Scoring Measure:
1 Being “Forget It” and 10 Being “Must Have”

QUANTITY OF PICTURES:
    Comments: Lots of pictures
   SCORE: 9

QUALITY OF PICTURES:
    Black and White Pictures? No
    Color? Yes
    How good are the pictures? Excellent pictures
    Are there close ups of the marks? No
    Comments: There are some pictures that you can see the marks of the artist
    SCORE: 9

QUANTIT...


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End of May Book Review by Adrienne Shivers

Title: Collecting Art Plastic Jewelry
Author: Leigh Leshner


General description: Book focuses on everything plastic. Bakelite, luctie, celluloid, moonglow, plastic...if it's man made, it's in here, both new and old.

This review will cover several categories and will include a rating for that category 1-10, 1 being 'forget it, 10 being 'must have'. There will also be a short comment about each category and then a general review at the end.

QUANTITY of PICTURES:
Comments: Lots and lots and lots of big, color pics
Rating: 9

QUALITY of PICTURES:
Comments: Great color. large and good detail. No backs or marks, not generally necessary for plastic anyway
Rating: 9

QUANTITY of INFORMATION
Comments: Pictures of all types of plastic, but very little detail about each piece. Other than what it is and a value. Front section covers history, types, methods of manufacture....


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DK Collector's Guides
Costume Jewelry
The Complete Visual Reference and Price Guide
By Judith Miller

Dorling Kindersley Publishing Inc


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End of March Book Review by
Sam Mitchell


Title:  DK Collector's Guides
Costume Jewelry
The Complete Visual Reference and Price Guide

Author:  Judith Miller with John Wainwright.

Type of Book:  Hard Bound

Average Price: $30.00

In or Out of Print: In print

Number of Pages:  256

Brief Description of Book:  The book states that its the complete Visual  Reference and Price Guide. Lets have a look and see.                        

NOTE:   Reviews Based on the following Scoring Meaure:
1 Being "Forget It" and 10 Being "Must Have"

QUANTITY OF PICTURES:
    Comments: The book says it has over 1500. I did not count them
    SCORE: 9

QUALITY OF PICTURES:
    Black and White Pictures?


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End of March Book Review by Adrienne Shivers

Title: Costume Jewelry
Author: Judith Miller


General description: Book focuses on everything. Sections on period, big designers, little designers, old designers, news designers, plastics, bakelite, and unsigned.

This review will cover several categories and will include a rating for that category 1-10, 1 being 'forget it, 10 being 'must have'. There will also be a short comment about each category and then a general review at the end.

QUANTITY of PICTURES:
Comments: A lot of pictures, all color, no backs, no marks.
Rating: 8

QUALITY of PICTURES:
Comments: Great shots, color is superb. Some could be bigger, bur there's so many, some need to be small to make them all fit.
Rating: 9.5

QUANTITY of INFORMATION
Comments: There are examples of literally everything in this book. Work by every designer you can think of, new and old, examples of different periods and m...


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Antique Enameled Jewelry
By Dale Reeves Nicholls
with Robin Allison

A Schiffer Book for Collectors
With Price Guide


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End of February Book Review by
Sam Mitchell


Title: Antique Enameled Jewelry
Author: By Dale Reeves Nicholls with Robin Allison
Type of Book: Hard Cover
Average Price: $49.95
In or Out of Print: In print
Number of Pages: 192
Brief Description of Book: “Confessions of a Enameled Jewelry Junkie” is Dale’s preface
about herself and the book. The book covers the “Golden Age of Enamel” of the Art Nouveau
period starting in the 1800's up to about the 1950's


NOTE:   Reviews Based on the following Scoring Measure:
1 Being “Forget It” and 10 Being “Must Have”

QUANTITY OF PICTURES:
    Comments: The book says there are over 450 but I didn’t count them
   SCORE: 8

QUALITY OF PICTURES:
    Black and White Pictures? None
    Color? All color
    How good are the pictures? The picture run from Terrible ...


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End February Book Review by
Adrienne Shivers

Title: Antique Enameled Jewelry
Author: Dale Reeves Nicholls with Robin Allison


General description: Book focuses strictly on enameled jewelry from Victorian through more contemporary designs. There are examples of each era, different makers, different designs and different techniques, along with a valuation section for each chapter.

This review will cover several categories and will include a rating for that category 1-10, 1 being 'forget it, 10 being 'must have'. There will also be a short comment about each category and then a general review at the end.

QUANTITY of PICTURES:
Comments: A lot of pictures, all color, very few backs, practically no marks.
Rating: 8

QUALITY of PICTURES:
Comments: Great shots, color is superb. Some could be bigger.
Rating: 9

QUANTITY of INFORMATION
Comments: This book covers a LOT. Divided into to chapters covering history of e...


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CAMEOS
Classical to Costume
With Value Guide
By Monica Lynn Clements and Patricia Rosser Clements


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End of January Book Review by
Sam Mitchell


Title: Cameos Classical to Costume With Valve  Guide
Author: Monica Lynn Clements and Patricia Rosser Clements
Type of Book: Hardcover
Average Price: $ 59.95
In or Out of Print: Still in print
Number of Pages: 224
Brief Description of Book: Book is said to be the first of its kind. Book covers Cameos from
the 1700s to present in all the materials that they have been made of.


NOTE:   Reviews Based on the following Scoring Measure:
1 Being “Forget It” and 10 Being “Must Have”

QUANTITY OF PICTURES:
    Comments: The book has over 500 pictures of 1400 cameos
   SCORE: 9

QUALITY OF PICTURES:
    Black and White Pictures? None
    Color? All Color pictures
    How good are the pictures? The pictures run from Not very good to Very good
   &n...


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End January Book Review by Adrienne Shivers

Title: Cameos - Classical to Costume
Author: Clements & Clements
Published: 1998


General description: Book focuses specifically on cameos of all sorts, all eras and materials

This review will cover several categories and will include a rating for that category 1-10, 1 being 'forget it, 10 being 'must have'. There will also be a short comment about each category and then a general review at the end.

QUANTITY of PICTURES:
Comments: Lots and lots of pictures, loaded with them
Rating: 9.5

QUALITY of PICTURES:
Excellent quality but only fronts are shown, no marks or hallmarks or side views or much close-up details which for cameos would be nice.
Rating: 8.0

QUANTITY of INFORMATION
Comments: Not as much educational info as I would like. There is a history of the cameo and it's evolution in terms of material and motifs. BUT, there's no in depth discussion of s...


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American Costume Jewelry
1935 - 1950
By Carla and Roberto Brunialti


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End of December Book Review by
Sam Mitchell


Title: American Costume Jewelry 1935 - 1950
Author: Carla and Roberto Brunialti
Type of Book: Large Soft-cover  Coffee table size
Average Price: $ 60.00 to $80.00 and 50 to 140 Euro’s if you can find a copy
In or Out of Print: Out of print
Number of Pages: 300
Brief Description of Book: Carla and Roberto have put together one of the Best books
of the Golden Age of American Costume Jewelry


NOTE:   Reviews Based on the following Scoring Measure:
1 Being “Forget It” and 10 Being “Must Have”

QUANTITY OF PICTURES:
    Comments: 100's
   SCORE: 9

QUALITY OF PICTURES:
    Black and White Pictures? Yes
    Color? Yes
    How good are the pictures? Great
    Are there close ups of the marks? None
    Comments...


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End December Book Review by Adrienne Shivers

Title: American Costume Jewelry 1935-1950
Author: Carla Gnelli Brunialti & Roberto Brunialti
Published: 1997


General description: Book focuses specifically on Ameircan costume jewelry, materials used, patents and then covers 17 different designers.

This review will cover several categories and will include a rating for that category 1-10, 1 being 'forget it, 10 being 'must have'. There will also be a short comment about each category and then a general review at the end.

QUANTITY of PICTURES:
Comments: The book is mostly pictures, both of the item and copies of it's patent. The strength of this book is in it's pictures, a lot of not to be seen elsewhere pieces.
Rating: 9.5

QUALITY of PICTURES:
Pictures are all large and in color but no backs, no marks with the pieces. Description of the mark is given, but pictures of it not shown
Rating: 9.0

QUANTITY of I...


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Popular Jewelry of the 60s, 70s, & 80s with price guide by
Roseann Ettinger


A Schiffer Book for Collectors


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End of October Book Review by
Sam Mitchell.


Title: Popular Jewelry of the 60s, 70s, & 80s
Author: Roseann Ettinger
Type of Book: Paperback
Average Price: $29.95
In or Out of Print: In print
Number of Pages: 192
Brief Description of Book: The book covers Popular jewelry from the 60s up to the 80s


NOTE:   Reviews Based on the following Scoring Measure:
1 Being “Forget It” and 10 Being “Must Have”

QUANTITY OF PICTURES:
    Comments: The back of the book says there are over 600 color and 60 Advertising pictures
   SCORE: 8

QUALITY OF PICTURES:
    Black and White Pictures? Yes
    Color?  Yes
    How good are the pictures?
    Are there close ups of the marks?
   Comments: The pictures run from really good to very bad and out of focus. The only pictures  ...


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End of October Book Review by
Adrienne Shivers.


Title: Popular Jewelry of the 60's, 70's & 80's
Author: Roseann Ettinger
Published: 1997


General description: Book focuses on the decade of 60's-80's and covers styles popular at that time.  

This review will cover several categories and will include a rating for that category 1-10, 1 being 'forget it, 10 being 'must have'. There will also be a short comment about each category and then a general review at the end.

QUANTITY of PICTURES:
Comments: Loads of pictures, even more jewelry as some pictures show more than one item
Rating: 9.5

QUALITY of PICTURES:
All color pictures, good quality and clear. No backs, no marks, and some of the backgrounds are distracting and some pieces are small.
Rating: 7.5

QUANTITY of INFORMATION
Comments: Some info on what was popular, and I like the way the book categorizes the pieces into popular ...


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Wooden Jewelry And Novelties
By Mary Jo Izard

A Schiffer Book for Collectors


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Mid October Book Review by
Sam Mitchell.



Title: Wooden Jewelry and Novelties
Author: Mary Jo Izard
Type of Book: Paperback
Average Price: &19.95
In or Out of Print: In print
Number of Pages: 160 pages
Brief Description of Book The book is about carved wood jewelry and novelties
from the 1920s to the 1950s

NOTE:   Reviews Based on the following Scoring Measure:
1 Being “Forget It” and 10 Being “Must Have”

QUANTITY OF PICTURES:
    Comments: There are 450 pictures inside
    SCORE: 8

QUALITY OF PICTURES:
    Black and White Pictures? None
    Color? All the pictures are in color
    How good are the pictures?
    Are there close ups of the marks? None
    Comments: Most pictures are pretty good, there are some out of focus
   &nbs...


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Mid October Book Review by Adrienne Shivers

Title: Wooden Jewelry and Novelties
Author: Mary Jo Izard
Published: 1998


General description: Book focuses specifically on wooden jewelry and included wood with bakelite and/or lucite, and also other wooden stuff like dolls and masks, etc..

This review will cover several categories and will include a rating for that category 1-10, 1 being 'forget it, 10 being 'must have'. There will also be a short comment about each category and then a general review at the end.

QUANTITY of PICTURES:
Comments: Decent amount of pictures for book this size, it's only 160 pages, almost all of them with picture.
Rating: 8.0

QUALITY of PICTURES:
Pictures are all in color, some backs, but not many, it's not really necessary for this type of jewelry, it's not marked.
Rating: 6.0

QUANTITY of INFORMATION
Comments: Not a ton of info, a little bit in the front. This is mostly...


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Warman's Jewelry
Identification and Price Guide
3rd Edition
by Christie Romero

Can be purchased at Krause Publications


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End of September Book Review by
Sam Mitchell.


Title:. Warman’s Jewelry Identification and Price Guide 3rd Edition
Author: Christie Romero
Type of Book: Paperback
Average Price: $ 29.95
In or Out of Print: In print
Number of Pages: 272
Brief Description of Book: The book says that it is a fully illustrated identification
and price guide to 18th, 19th and 20th century fine and costume jewelry.

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
    SCORE: 9

QUALITY OF PICTURES:
    Black and White Pictures?
    Color? All the pictures are in color
    How good are the pictures? The pictures are very good
    Are there close ups of the marks?  Yes there are closeup...


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End of September Book Review by Adrienne Shivers .

Title: Warmans Jewelry 3rd Ed
Author: Christie Romeri
Published: 2002


General description: Covers both fine and costume jewelry from mid 1700's through the the mid 1970's, roughly 200 years of jewelry.

This review will cover several categories and will include a rating for that category 1-10, 1 being 'forget it, 10 being 'must have'. There will also be a short comment about each category and then a general review at the end.

QUANTITY of PICTURES:
Comments: Tons. Sam will count undoubtedly. A huge range of jewelry represented, you will see pieces here not seen anywhere else.
Rating: 10.0

QUALITY of PICTURES:
Pictures are all in color, all gorgeous. Some are little small and you can't see all detail and there are not backs, but there are some mark with the jewelry and a more comprehensive section of some marks on the back.
Rating: 9.5

QUANTITY of...


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"European Designer Jewelry"
   by Ginger Moro
A Schiffer Book for Collectors With Price Guide"

Can be purchased at Amazon.com


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Mid August Book Review by Sam Mitchell.

Title: European Designer Jewelry
Author: Ginger Moro
Type of Book: Hard Bound
Average Price: $79.95
In or Out of Print: In print
Number of Pages: 302
Brief Description of Book: The book covers both known and unknown jewelry designers of 13 European countries including Scandinavia of the 20th century. The book explores materials, artists, fashion and costume jewelry with over 700 photos, vintage prints, posters and advertisements.

NOTE:   Reviews Based on the following Scoring Measure:
1 Being “Forget It” and 10 Being “Must Have”

QUANTITY OF PICTURES:
    Comments: over 700 pictures
    SCORE: 8

QUALITY OF PICTURES:
    Black and White Pictures? Yes
    Color? Yes
    How good are the pictures? Overall the pictures are really good
    Are there clo...


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Mid August Book Review by Adrienne Shivers



Title: European Designer Jewelry

Author: Ginger Moro

Published: 1995





General description: Book focuses specifically on European jewelry designs and is organized by country..  



This review will cover several categories and will include a rating for that category 1-10, 1 being 'forget it, 10 being 'must have'. There will also be a short comment about each category and then a general review at the end.  



QUANTITY of PICTURES:

Comments: And enormous amount of pictures of jewelry, marks, and ads. I didn't count, but maybe Sam will.

Rating: 10.0



QUALITY of PICTURES:

Pictures are all in color, very well done. Could use some larger pictures of some things, as some jewelry is shot in groups. Some marks are pictured, rarely, if any backs.

Rating: 9.0



QUANTITY of INFORMATION

Com...


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Mexican Silver
20th Century Hand-wrought Jewelry & Silver
By Penny C. Morrill and Carole A. Berk.
A Schiffer Book for Collectors.

Can be purchased at Amazon.com


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End of July Book Review by Sam Mitchell.

Title: Mexican Silver 20th Century Hand-wrought Jewelry & Silver Revised 3rd Edition
Author: Penny C. Morrill and Carole A. Berk
Type of Book: Hard Cover

Average Price: $59.95

In or Out of Print:
In Print

Number of Pages: 272

Brief Description of Book: The book chronicles the development of the silver renaissance in Mexico from its revolutionary beginnings in the 1920s to the present.

NOTE:   Reviews Based on the following Scoring Meaure:
1 Being “Forget It” and 10 Being “Must Have”

QUANTITY OF PICTURES:
    Comments: Over 400 pictures in the book but I think it needs more.
    SCORE: 7

QUALITY OF PICTURES:
    Black and White Pictures? Black and white pictures in the Appendix
    Color? Yes
    How good are the pictures? Pictures are very good
&...


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End of July Book Review by Adrienne Shivers.

Title: Mexican Silver

Author: Morrill & Berk

Published: 2004


General description: Book focuses on the major Mexican Jewelry Artisans, both jewelry and objects.  

This review will cover several categories and will include a rating for that category 1-10, 1 being 'forget it, 10 being 'must have'. There will also be a short comment about each category and then a general review at the end.  


QUANTITY of PICTURES:

Comments: Good amount of pictures, not only the jewelry but also facroties, historical pictures, objects, etc. Some makers have less examples shown than others

Rating: 7.5


QUALITY of PICTURES:

Examples of marking included, all very clear and beautifully shot, all color, great photography

Rating: 10.0


QUANTITY of INFORMATION

Comments: Very well researched, a TON of info on the major important artists. Lot...


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"Miriam Haskell Jewelry A Schiffer Book for Collectors With Price Guide" by Cathy Gordon and Sheila Pamfiloff

Can be purchased at Amazon.com


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Mid July Book Review by Sam Mitchell


Title: Miriam Haskell Jewelry
      A Schiffer Book for Collectors With Price Guide
Author: Cathy Gordon and Sheila Pamfiloff
Type of Book: Hard Cover coffee table size
Average Price: Originally Sold for $59.95
In or Out of Print: In print
Number of Pages: 256
Brief Description of Book: I think this is the Current most Important book on the History and Identifying Miriam Haskell Jewelry

I thought I would do something a little different with the review of this Book.

TOTAL AVERAGE SCORE: 9
Is this a must have book? Yes


Overall Comments:  I think the following  Quote says it all.
“The jewelry world has been waiting for this one. Cathy and Sheila have put together the next Best Seller of collectable Jewelry Books!”
“As you open the book you can see right away that the authors have done their home work on Miriam Haskell jewelry. The layout, informat...


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Mid July Book Review by Adrienne Shivers.

Title: Miriam Haskell Jewelry

Author: Cathy Gordon & Sheila Pamfiloff

Published: 2004

General description: Book focuses on Miriam Haskell jewelry through the decades and explores materials used, construction and designs.  



This review will cover several categories and will include a rating for that category 1-10, 1 being 'forget it, 10 being 'must have'. There will also be a short comment about each category and then a general review at the end.  



QUANTITY of PICTURES:

Comments: Lots and lots of pictures, lots and lots of examples, lots of ads too.

Rating: 10.0



QUALITY of PICTURES:

Fronts, backs, sides, all color, all large, all detailed and clear, all gorgeous

Rating: 10.0



QUANTITY of INFORMATION

Comments: The best and most thoroughly researched book I've ever seen. This book not only covers...


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"Plastic Jewelry of the Twentieth Century" by Lillian Baker updated in 2003 by Ginger Moro and Karima Parry.

Can be purchased at Amazon.com


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End June Book Review by Sam Mitchell



Title: Plastic Jewelry of the Twentieth Century Identification & Valve Guide.
Author: Lillian Baker Updated by Karima Perry and Ginger Moro.
Type of Book: Hard Bound
Average Price: $24.95
In or Out of Print: In Print
Number of Pages: 240 pages


Brief Description of Book:
        Most everything you always wanted to know about plastic jewelry
                                                

NOTE:   Reviews Based on the following Scoring Measure:
1 Being “Forget It” and 10 Being “Must Have”

QUANTITY OF PICTURES:
    Comments: Lots of pictures including plastic’s advertizing
&...


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End June Book Review by Adrienne Shivers



Title: Plastic Jewelry of the Twentieth Century

Author: Lillian Baker, by Updated in 2003 by Ginger Moro and Karima Parry

Published: 2004





General description: Book focuses on all types of plastics, both vintage and more contemporary and has sections on history and values.



This review will cover several categories and will include a rating for that category 1-10, 1 being 'forget it, 10 being 'must have'. There will also be a short comment about each category and then a general review at the end.  



QUANTITY of PICTURES:

Comments: Lots of pictures, lots of examples, both black and white and color. Some ads included as well.

Rating: 8.0



QUALITY of PICTURES:

The pictures are clear, but some are a little small, and none show backs or alternate views. Some of the coolest pieces are in b/w, so that's a little ...


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"Collecting Victorian Jewelry Identification and Price Guide" by C.Jeanenne Bell.

Can be purchased at Krause Publications


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Mid June Book Review by Sam Mitchell

Title: Collecting Victorian Jewelry Identification and Price Guide

Author: Jeanenne Bell

Type of Book: Soft Bound

Average Price: $24.99 currently on sale for $16.49 at Amazon.com

In or Out of Print: In print

Number of Pages: 256

Brief Description of Book: Jeanenne takes us through world events from 1806 to 1901 and how they influenced fashions in clothing and jewelry. The book takes a decade by decade look at how fashions had a direct influence on the jewelry of the time, and how newly discovered materials and improvements in machinery affected how the jewelry was made.  



NOTE: Reviews Based on the following Scoring Measure:

1 Being "Forget It" and 10 Being "Must Have"



QUANTITY OF PICTURES:

Comments: Over 700 pictures of jewelry, fashions, world events, catalogs, anything that had a influence on jewelry of the time

SCORE: 8



QUALI...


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Mid June Book Review by Adrienne Shivers


Title: Collecting Victorian Jewelry

Author: C. Jeanenne Bell

Published: 2004



General description: Book focuses specifically on jewelry produced from 1819-1901 and covers the fashions, the styles, the materials and the social dictates that influenced jewelry of the Victorian period



This review will cover several categories and will include a rating for that category 1-10, 1 being 'forget it, 10 being 'must have'. There will also be a short comment about each category and then a general review at the end.  



QUANTITY of PICTURES:

Comments: While there are not as many picture of jewelry as in some of her other books, there's a load of pictures from old publications showing the dress of the times along with the jewelry. Because of that combination, I rate quantity high!

Rating: 8.5



QUALITY of PICTURES:

Excellent, includ...


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"Vintage Jewelry-A Price and Identification Guide 1920's-1940's" by Leigh Leshner.

Can be purchased at Amazon.com


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May Book Review by Sam Mitchell

Title: Vintage Jewelry A Price and Identification Guide 1920 - 1940s

Author: Leigh Leshner

Type of Book: Soft Bound

Average Price: 24.95

In or Out of Print: In print

Number of Pages: 205 pages

Brief Description of Book: Book is supposed to be a pricing and Identification guide about white metal and rhinestone jewelry of the 1920s to the 1940s  



NOTE: Reviews Based on the following Scoring Measure:

1 Being "Forget It" and 10 Being "Must Have"



QUANTITY OF PICTURES:

Comments: The book says that there are 400 pictures of 1000 pieces of jewelry. Lots of repeat pictures of the same jewelry through out the book

SCORE: 4



QUALITY OF PICTURES:

Black and White Pictures? No

Color? All pictures are in color

How good are the pictures? Average quality to poor quality pictures.

Are there close ups of the marks? No picture...


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May Book Review by Adrienne Shivers

Title: Vintage Jewelry A Price and Identification Guide 1920-1940's

Author: Leigh Leshner


General description: Book focuses on, in particular, clear rhinestone jewelry of the 1920-1940, mostly 1930's and 40's . There are some colored rhinestone and some enameled pieces, but the focus was meant to be clear rhinestones.



This review will cover several categories and will include a rating for that category 1-10, 1 being 'forget it, 10 being 'must have'. There will also be a short comment about each category and then a general review at the end.  



QUANTITY of PICTURES:

Comments: The book is almost entirely pictures and lots of them

Rating: 9



QUALITY of PICTURES:

All the shots on are a black background with is great for the detail of the clear rhinestone pieces, but harder to see colors agains. All the shots are very clear and most ...


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"Signed Beauties of Costume Jewelry" by Marcia "Sparkles" Brown

Can be purchased at Amazon.com


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Mid May Book Review by Sam Mitchell

Title: Signed Beauties of Costume Jewelry Identification and Values

Author: Marica "Sparkles" Brown

Type of Book: Hard Bound

Average Price: List Price $24.95 on sale at Amazon.com for $16.47

In or Out of Print: In print

Number of Pages: 270

Brief Description of Book: This book is the second in a series of two books ( the first Unsigned beauties of Costume Jewelry) Where Marica helps you to learn the basic*s of costume jewelry and to identify quality pieces for your collection.



This book moves you into the next level of collecting quality Signed jewelry.  



NOTE: Reviews Based on the following Scoring Measure:

1 Being "Forget It" and 10 Being "Must Have"



QUANTITY OF PICTURES:

Comments: Lots of pictures, more pictures of some makers then you would find in most books.

SCORE: 8



QUALITY OF PICTURES:

Black and Whi...


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Mid-May Book Review by Adrienne Shivers

Title: Signed Beauties of Costume Jewelry

Author: Marcia Brown


General description: Book focuses on designer signed jewelry with the designers arranged in a little more of an unusual format. Covers the major designers and a few minor ones too. List pictures, brief descriptions and values.  



This review will cover several categories and will include a rating for that category 1-10, 1 being 'forget it, 10 being 'must have'. There will also be a short comment about each category and then a general review at the end.  



QUANTITY of PICTURES:

Comments: A fair amount of pictures, but most are done in groups, which makes them small and difficult to see detail.

Rating: 7



QUALITY of PICTURES:

The decision of what to group together is odd to my eye, there' no rhyme or reason as to why pieces were arranged the way they are, making some p...


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"Collectible Silver Jewelry Identification and Value Guide" by Fred Rezazadeh.

Can be purchased at Amazon.com


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April Book Review by Sam Mitchell

Title: Collectible Silver Jewelry Identification and Value Guide

Author: Fred Rezazadeh

Type of Book: Hard Bound

Average Price: $24.95

In or Out of Print: Still in print

Number of Pages: 237

Brief Description of Book: General reference on collectible silver jewelry of the world with pictures and marks.  



NOTE: Reviews Based on the following Scoring Meaure:

1 Being "Forget It" and 10 Being "Must Have"



QUANTITY OF PICTURES:

Comments: Lots of pictures and marks

SCORE: 8



QUALITY OF PICTURES:

Black and White Pictures? There are some black and white pictures of marks

Color? All the jewelry pictures are in color

How good are the pictures? Excellent color pictures

Are there close ups of the marks? Lots of closeups

Comments: Lots of pictures of the piece and mark

SCORE: 8



QUANTITY OF ...


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April Book Review by Adrienne Shivers

Title: Collectible Silver Jewelry - Identification and Value Guide
Author: Fred Rezazadeh


General description: This book focuses on silver jewelry, and is organized by country of origin, as opposed to by date or era. It's got a little bit of historical and a bit of technical info, but for the most part, its mission is to cover as many makers in as many countries as possible. Lots of pictures and a fairly wide range of type of jewelry, style and eras.  

This review will cover several categories and will include a rating for that category 1-10, 1 being 'forget it, 10 being 'must have'. There will also be a short comment about each category and then a general review at the end.

QUANTITY of PICTURES:
Comments: Not only a lot of jewelry pictures, but a lot of pictures of marks as well, which is helpful.
Rating: 9

QUALITY of PICTURES:
Comments: all the pictures of the jewelry is i...


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"Answers to Questions About Old Jewelry" by C.Jeanenne Bell.
  6th Edition

Publishers: Krause Publications
Krause Publications


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March Book Review by Sam Mitchell

Title: Answers to Questions About Old Jewelry 6th Edition

Author: Jeanenne Bell

Type of Book: Large Soft Bound

Average Price: $27.99

In or Out of Print: In Print

Number of Pages:557

Brief Description of Book: Jeanenne Bell Started this book 20 years ago with the 1st edition and has been adding to it over the years. The book covers history and styles with lots of pictures from 1840 to 1950. In this edition, Costume and Mexican jewelry and 100 years of Cameo’s has been added.

NOTE: Reviews Based on the following Scoring Measure:

1 Being “Forget It” and 10 Being “Must Have”

QUANTITY OF PICTURES:

    Comments: Book has lots of pictures, 2000 in all. Lots of examples.

SCORE: I give it a 7.

QUALITY OF PICTURES:

    Black and White Pictures? Yes

    Color? Yes

  How good are ...


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March Book Review by Adrienne Shivers

Title: Answers to Questions about Old Jewelry, 6th Edition

Author: C. Jeanenne Bell

General description: This book focuses on older jewelry, 1840-1950. It's been expanded and revised several times. The first edition came out about 20 years ago, this latest edition is from 2003. It's got tons of pictures, pieces you will not see in any other book, especially some of the earlier items. And, it's one of the few books that extensively covers eras, what was popular during the decades, both in fashion and jewelry. Gives some insight as to how trends changed and followed society, which is a nice historical perspective not found in most other books.  

This review will cover several categories and will include a rating for that category 1-10, 1 being 'forget it, 10 being 'must have'. There will also be a short comment about each category and then a general review at the end.  


QUANTI...


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