Books About Antique Jewelry
Timeless Adornment (Hardcover)
by Lori Ettlinger Gross (Author), David Behl (Photographer)
Brooches:Timeless Adornment is
the first book on the subject of vintage and contemporary
pins and brooches. Beginning with an illustrated history
of how this jewelry form has evolved—from Roman
fibulae to scatter pins and starbursts—this gorgeously
illustrated volume presents more than 175 of the best
examples of fine, costume, and artisan jewelry made by
top designers, among them Van Cleef & Arpels, Cartier,
Georg Jensen, and Ted Muehling. Fashion stylists, celebrity
collectors, and jewelry experts share their enthusiasm
for the brooch and offer their ideas on how to accessorize
with favorite pieces. These dazzling photographs show
the jewelry as adornments to stunning jackets, dresses,
and coats, and demonstrate how this piece has become a
fabulous style statement. Practical information about
storing, cleaning, and repair complete this indispensable
resource for jewelry fans.
Fabulous Fakes: A Passion for
by Carole Tanenbaum (Author)
may have seen them in some wonderful old movie, sparkling
on Audrey Hepburn or Claudette Colbert, looking as if
they cost millions of dollars. They didn’t; they
are not the real thing. But even though they are faux,
they’re made with the same care and attention
as the real things: strands of artificial pearls individually
knotted, “gems” hand set and pronged, plastic
bangles more stunning than ivory. Fabulous Fakes gives
you one hundred years of the most amazing pieces of
costume jewelry ever produced, in brilliant and beautiful
tells their story, starting with mass-produced Victorian
jewelry, moving through the wonderfully sophisticated
lines of art deco geometrics, and parking at the doorstep
of 1990s designer and artisanal jewelry.
you love the boldness of Czech crystal or the delicate
handiwork of Miriam Haskell, whether your jewels are
part of your everyday fashion or a breathtaking collection
of objets, the thrill of finding them is the same. Fabulous
Fakes is your treasure map to discovering the craftsmanship
and tradition that have made these pieces part of our
Jewelry: Identification and Price Guide (Warmans) (Paperback)
by Leigh Lesher (Author)
Trinkets to treasures, that's
the story of vintage jewelry. Today, jewelry is one of
the most popular areas of collecting, and with millions
of pieces on the market there are plenty of possibilities
for finding the piece that fits your interest and budget.
Warman's Vintage Jewelry contains more than 800 color
photos, descriptions and prices, of stunning pieces of
white metal and rhinestone jewelry. As a bonus, you will
gain access to a history of rhinestones, including cuts
Collecting Costume Jewelry 101:
The Basics of Starting, Building & Upgrading (Collecting
Costume Jewelry 101) (Paperback)
by Julia C. Carroll (Author)
Costume Jewellery 101" is essentially a beginners'
guide to the main makers of (American) designer costume
jewellery. Other information is also given, such as
how to repair and clean costume jewellery and what to
do with unwanted jewellery, all of which would be useful
to a person starting a costume jewellery collection.
However, the vast majority of this book are devoted
to summaries of the main jewellery making companies.
Miriam Haskell Jewelry (Schiffer
Book for Collectors) (Hardcover)
by Cathy Gordon (Author), Sheila Pamfiloff (Author)
began selling especially beautiful costume jewelry in
1926, and her company continues to the present. Today,
the jewelry that bears her name is highly sought after
and the prices keep spiraling up. Claims abound that
this is a Miriam Haskell, but is it a Miriam Haskell?
This important new book gives collectors the key information
to make intelligent buying decisions. It provides specific
details on the art, design, style, materials, construction,
and signatures, all vital to the identification and
dating of Haskell jewelry. It also dispels many of the
myths that allow wanna-bes and fakes to flourish. Over
600 beautiful color photographs display the most extensive
collection of Haskell jewelry ever brought together.
The jewelry is categorized by designer, specifying notable
eras. The text provides notations on innovations, style
preferences, and in-depth descriptions pointing to key
Haskell identifiers. Readers, from casual admirers to
serious collectors and dealers, will find in this comprehensive
book the essential information and breathtaking pictures
Rings: Jewelry of Power, Love,
and Loyalty (Hardcover)
by Diana Scarisbrick (Author)
For anyone interested in jewelry:
a magnificently illustrated, international survey of
rings through history.
reproductions of rings from many countries, this book
presents rings through major themes: signets; rings
associated with love, marriage, and friendship; devotional,
protective, and ecclesiastical rings; memento mori and
memorial rings; rings associated with famous people
and great events; decorative rings; diamond rings; and
rings as accessories.
Rings of all periods
are covered—from ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome
through the Middle Ages and Renaissance to the twentieth
century. The examples come from great museums and from
private collections, chiefly that of the noted gem dealer
author, one of the world's leading jewelry historians,
draws on artistic and literary sources to make the rings'
contexts come alive with paintings, drawings, and vivid
quotations. 479 color photographs and illustrations.
Signed Beauties of Costume Jewelry:
Indentification & Values (Signed Beauties of Costume
Over 800 color
photos with thousands of pieces of jewelry. Companies
and designers featured include Eisenberg, McClelland
Barclay, Hattie Carneige, Adele Simpson, Miriam Haskell,
Kenneth Jay Lane, Joseff, Marcel Boucher, and more.
2004 values. AUTHORBIO: Marcia Brown published her first
book, Unsigned Beauties of Costume Jewelry, in 2000.
She is the host and co-writer of the award-winning Venture
Entertainment books-on-tape series Hidden Treasures:
A Collector's Guide to Antique & Vintage Jewelry.
She is a frequent contributor to the Vintage Fashion
& Costume Jewelry newsletter. An antique and vintage
jewelry historian, lecturer, and collector, Brown also
provides private consultations for many dealers, mall
owners, and collectors. REVIEW: This book truly "sparkles"
(like the author's name) and would make an ideal gift
for costume jewelry fans. Author Marcia "Sparkles"
Brown has created the perfect sequel to her previously
published Unsigned Beauties of Costume Jewelry with
this handsomely produced volume. Thousands of jewelry
items are illustrated in over 800 color photographs
and are complemented by captions that include descriptions
Royal Jewels: From Charlemagne
to the Romanovs (Hardcover)
by Diana Scarisbrick (Editor), Christophe Vachaudez
(Editor), Jan Walgrave (Editor)
spectacular celebration of European jewels, from Charlemagne
to Louis XIV to Catherine the Great.
centuries, the wealth, power, and prestige of European
monarchies was concentrated in the jewels that hung
from their necks, decorated their clothing, and dripped
from their fingers—often into the waiting hands
of favorite courtiers. From the weighty, gem-encrusted
gold crowns of medieval kings to glittering diamond
tiaras of Belle Epoque princesses, Royal Jewels shows
the exquisite range of gems worn by Europe’s fabled
are the dazzling remains of a lost era—when gems
were powerful tools in the game of royal politics, and
when the gift of jewelry bestowed far more than wealth
on the recipient. Gems expressed court favor, strengthened
international ties, and embodied the power of kings
long dead and conquerors in the making. With over 300
exquisite photographs and edited by a distinguished
group of experts, Royal Jewels is an incomparable examination
of an incredible
Jewels of the Tsars: The Romanovs
and Imperial Russia (Hardcover)
by Prince Michael of Greece (Author)
fascination with the Russian imperial family endures,
and with this stunning book a new spotlight is added.
Jewels of the Tsars, the first book to examine the family’s
unparalleled collection, is illustrated with extraordinary
photographs taken under special conditions at the Kremlin’s
Diamond Fund, and accompanied by 18th- and 19th-century
portraits and photographs of the Tsars, their families,
and their court. Prince Michael of Greece, a Romanoff
descendant, writes with an insider’s knowledge
of his family’s passion for rare and beautiful
jewels, and their place in the troubled history of Imperial
Unsigned Beauties of Costume
Jewelry: Identification and Values (Hardcover)
by Marcia Sparkles Brown
This book is the
first book of its kind, concentrating not only on costume
jewelry, but also on those pieces that are unmarked
or unsigned by the manufacturer. Over 1,000 photographs
featuring 3,500 pieces of antique and collectible costume
jewelry highlight this beautiful book. Brown carefully
illustrates and discusses such details as the types
of metal finishes used, the different cuts of stones,
and stone setting techniques. Easy to read charts covering
time lines, fashion dates, and jewelry introductions
are provided for ease in identification of pieces. All
photographs are indexed for easier research, and a helpful
glossary has been included. 2000 values. AUTHORBIO:
Marcia Brown published her first book, Unsigned Beauties
of Costume Jewelry, in 2000. She is the host and co-writer
of the award-winning Venture Entertainment books-on-tape
series Hidden Treasures: A Collector's Guide to Antique
& Vintage Jewelry. She is a frequent contributor
to the Vintage Fashion & Costume Jewelry newsletter.
An antique and vintage jewelry historian, lecturer,
and collector, Brown also provides private consultations
for many dealers, mall owners, and collectors. REVIEW:
This book truly "sparkles" (like the author's
name) and would make an ideal gift for costume jewelry
fans. Thousands of jewelry items are illustrated in
over 1,000 color photographs and are complemented by
captions that include descriptions and values.
Inside the Jewelry Box: A Collector's
Guide to Costume Jewelry: Identification and Values
(Inside the Jewelry Box) (Paperback)
by Ann Mitchell Pitman (Author)
Gemstones: Understanding, Identifying,
by Keith Wallis (Author)
gem-set jewellery or loose stones, you will be faced
with a colourful array of beauty and value. With such
a wide choice - from amethyst to zircon which should
you choose? What is it worth, and how do you even know
it is real? All that glitters is not gold, as they say,
and all that sparkles is not diamond. Gemstones helps
to answer these questions in simple and easy to understand
terms. As well as diamonds, emeralds, rubies and sapphires,
over 100 gems are featured, with full descriptions,
technical details, and tips on how to check for fakes;
illustrated throughout with fabulous colour photographs
to make identification easier. Technical terms such
as refraction and fluorescence are explained and some
basic identification tests are introduced. A helpful
tour around the world details where gems are best available.
Informative appendices include a glossary of terms,
tables of specific gravity and refractive index, and
the comparative value of different stones.
Jewelry Price Guide (Paperback)
by Kyle Husfloen (Author)
to use, this price guide couples comprehensive with
compact; and presents information in an authoritative
manner you can trust and turn to with confidence. With
millions of pieces to select from, jewelry is an attractive
collecting opportunity for everyone, regardless of income.
This extensive and beautifully illustrated guide contains
1,000 color photos and detailed listings to help you
easily identify and price antique, modern and costume
& Function: American Modernist Jewelry, 1940-1970
by Marbeth Schon (Author)
This book is the catalog for two of the
first major exhibits to show only modernist jewelry
from such a broad group of artists. Both take place
in 2008 in Fort Wayne, Indiana: one at The Fort Wayne
Museum of Art (May 2 to August 24) and the other at
The University of St. Francis School of Creative Arts
(May 2 to May 30). Over fifty collectors and living
art jewelers have lent some of the best examples of
this innovative style. Sculptors Alexander Calder, Harry
Bertoia, Jose de Rivera, Peter and Daniel Macchiarini,
Earl and Tod Pardon, and merry rank are among the 96
artists featured, along with their extensive jewelry
creations. Their work was experimental and stimulated
originality in successive generations. Plastics, pearls,
brass, copper, silver, gold, and enamels are among the
materials found here in mini-sculptures and jewelry
ornaments for men and women alike. The author's extensive
research uncovers connections among the artists and
documents this important art period and medium. Artists,
collectors, cultural historians, and students all will
want to see the exhibits and own the catalog.
Tiffany Pearls (Hardcover)
by John Loring (Author)
Symbols of perfection,
pearls are the most classic of gems, bringing an air
of elegance and sophistication to the women who wear
them. No name in fine jewelry says “classic”
more than Tiffany & Co., and in Tiffany Pearls,
the venerable institution’s longtime design director
traces the dazzling history of pearl jewelry at Tiffany,
from the mid-19th century to the present, including
fascinating accounts of many of the world’s most
famous pearls since the Renaissance.
Encyclopedia of Compacts Carry Alls & Face Powder
by Laura M. Mueller
volume, along with volume 2, is the best place to learn
about compacts and how to collect them. Gorgeous photos,
all in color, covering every possible category of compact
imaginable. Mueller covers compact and makeup history,
from Egyptian times to the turn of the 20th century
to the demise of artistically designed compacts in the
1960s. Any reader will be educated in the world of compacts
after going through these two volumes. A quality guide/encyclopedia.
books by many authors on the subject of Carnival Glass.
Here are some good ones.
Glass - Collectible
Big Book of Vaseline Glass (Schiffer Book for Collectors.)
by Barrie W. Skelcher
for collecting and identifying Depression Glass
Antiques and Collectibles Price List, 37th Edition (Kovels'
Antiques and Collectibles Price List)
most popular price guide for collectors, dealers and
appraisers. As America's passion for antiques and collectibles
continues to grow, this new edition is indispensable.
Over 500 categories - Everything from ABC plates to
Zane pottery is easily accessible in the 37th edition
of this annual bestseller. This new edition features:
An exclusive market report on record-setting prices
of the past year.
•A new 16-page full-color insert
• More than 50,000 new items and prices—what
collectors really paid at shows, sales, nationwide auctions,
and on the Internet.
• More than 400 black-and-white photographs, plus
hundreds of factory marks and identifying logos.
New Dictionary of Marks : Pottery and Porcelain 1850
to Present (Kovel's Dictionary of Marks)
New Dictionary of Marks provides the quickest and easiest
way for professional and amateur collectors to identify
more than 3,500 American, European, and Oriental marks.
The perfect companion to the Kovels' original best-seller,
Kovels' Dictionary of Marks--Pottery and Porcelain:
1650 to 1850 (still in print after more than 42 years
and 41 printings), Kovels' New Dictionary of Marks is
the most comprehensive reference for nineteenth- and
twentieth-century marks. Together, the two volumes are
an indispensable guide to porcelain and pottery marks
of the last four centuries.
Know Your Antiques, Revised and Updated (Kovel's Know
every collector who wants to know how to evaluate, purchase,
and care for antiques and collectibles, this revised
and updated edition of Kovels' Know Your Antiques will
be a valuable companion.
With more than 300 photographs and line drawings, a
clear, concise text, and extensive up-to-date bibliographies,
this book will help you determine if there is anything
of value in the inherited belongings of Aunt May, or
whether that zealously guarded Stradivarius violin is
genuine or fake.
Know Your Antiques covers everything from pottery, silver,
and glass to furniture, prints, and rugs. The Kovels
show how a tape measure and magnet can help prove the
age of antique furniture, how to test for old silver
with a fingernail, how to date cut glass and porcelain
by their marks, and much more.
book also contains a list of current price guides, publications,
and collector clubs that provide additional help and
information. With Kovels' Know Your Antiques, you will
learn how to buy almost any antique with a shrewd eye
toward present and future value.
and Terry Kovel have been described as "the unquestioned
authorities in the antiques and collectibles field."
They have authored more than 60 books, including the
best-selling Kovels' Antiques & Collectibles Price
List. They write a nationally syndicated column for
hundreds of newspapers, a monthly column for House Beautiful,
and a subscription-only national newsletter, Kovels
on Antiques & Collectibles. Their shows air regularly
on public and cable television.
Antiques Price Guide (Schroeder's Antiques Price Guide)
Hastins Avon Collectors' Encyclopedia:
Official Guide for Avon Bottle & Cpc Collectors (Bud
Hastin's Avon and Collector's Encyclopedia, 17th ed)
in Czechoslovakia (Made in Czechoslovakia)
by Ruth A. Forsythe
published in 1982, this now-classic book did much to awaken
an interest in the glass and pottery made in Czechoslovakia
from 1918 to 1938. Highlights include 763 items illustrated
in excellent color.
The categories feature cased art glass, candy baskets,
perfume bottles, puff boxes, lamps, jewelry, and novelties.
In addition, there are sections on opaque, crystal, and
colored transparent glass, as well as pottery, porcelain,
and semi-porcelain. Included is a brief history of Czechoslovakia
and a chapter illustrating 37 different trademarks. An
up-to-date price guide accompanies the book.
& Collecting Antique Beaded Purses
by Evelyn Haertig
Purses: At Their Best (Schiffer Book
by Lynell K. Schwartz
beautiful diversity of high-quality vintage purses is
presented through a friendly and informative text and
522 beautiful color photographs. Chosen from among the
leading private dealer and museum collections, these
primarily nineteenth and twentieth century purses are
among the finest glass-beaded metal, tapestry, embroidered,
plastic, and home-crafted examples known. The book includes
histories of the leading manufacturers such as Bliss,
Napier, Whiting & Davis and Mandalian along with
catalogs, advertising, trade, cards, and original drawings
which anchor the purses in their respective periods.
This book will delight all fashion enthusiasts. The
price guide reflects the collectors' market today.
& Contemporary Purse Accessories: Identification
& Value Guide
Author: Roselyn Gerson
& Vogue Ladies' Compacts Identification & Value
Guide: Identification & Value Guide:
Ladies Compacts: Identification & Value Guide) (Hardcover)
by Roselyn Gerson "Most compact collectors at one time
or another have said to me, "Roz, you must have every
compact that there is..." (more)
SIPs: brushed goldtone, rouge compartments, round goldtone
compact, polished goldtone, goldtone compact lid decorated
CAPs: Estee Lauder, Elgin American, Richard Hudnut, Art
Deco, Gaffery of Compacts (more)
Legends: French Feminine Fragrances
by Michael Edwards
extraordinary book covers the most impacting fragrances
on both the public and the industry. From conception
to development to launches, it gives a thorough history
of these wonderscents.Each chapter is a specific scent,
covering the designer, the fragrance creators, the bottle
development and all the dirty little secrets of how
they got to the top. The book thoroughly covers 45 perfumes
(I think he missed a few) including greats like Chanel
#5, Shalimar,Anais Anais and Angel. Mr. Edwards also
gives a composition rundown, But this is a little confusing
if you are not familiar with his Fragrance Manual. Required
reading for any fragrance nut.
Nouveau, 1890-1914 by Paul Greenhalgh
Nouveau exploded onto the art and design scene in the
early 1890s and spread rapidly throughout the Western
world. This lush volume-created to accompany a major museum
exhibition that opened at the Victoria & Albert Museum,
London, before moving to the National Gallery of Art,
Washington, D.C., in October 2000-is the most beautiful,
complete, and wide-ranging study ever published on this
enormously popular and influential style.
wealth of illustrations and rare period photographs showcase
masterpieces in all mediums-from Tiffany lampshades, Mucha
posters, Klimt paintings, and Lalique jewelry to architecture
by Victor Horta, Antoni Gaud, and Louis Sullivan. The
text, by 20 leading scholars, is a timely reappraisal
of a style that flourished at the turn of the last century,
in a world grappling with new ideas and rapid social change.
Decadent yet popular, both loved and hated, Art Nouveau
gave rise to the concept of an all-encompassing "lifestyle
environment"-a total work of art designed to appeal
to the broadest possible audience.
season's most scintillating art book, Art Nouveau, 1890-1914
will be unrivaled for years to come.
GREENHALGH is head of research at the Victoria & Albert
Museum, London. Former head of art history at Camberwell
College of Art, he is the author of several books and
articles, and a contributor to Abrams' A Grand Design:
The Art of the Victoria and Albert Museum. He lives in
illustrations, 407 in full color, 496 pages, 81/4 x 93/4"