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The Jeweler's Directory Of Decorative Finishes
Jinks McGrath
0896891933
April 15, 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
Anyone who spends time fashioning copper, brass, silver and gold into jewelry will appreciate the wealth of detail in this guide to jewelry finishes. The Jeweler's Directory of Decorative Finishes covers 15 different techniques for creating various decorative finishes from start to finish. More than 350 step-by-step illustrations and photographs guide jewelers through techniques including patination, granulation, fusing and more. Adding gold foil, developing patterns that contrast with by layering metals and inlays, creating exquisite etchings and engravings and more are covered. Illustrations demonstrate various combinations of the different finishes, while instructions bear practical safety tips. An inspiring gallery of work by professional jewelers, using the techniques taught in this easy-to-understand working...


Jewelry and Gems: How to Buy Diamonds, Pearls, Colored Gemstones, Gold and Jewelry with Confidence and Knowledge: The Buying Guide
Antoinette Leonard Matlins
0943763312
August 2001
Paperback
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From Library Journal
Matlins and Bonanno's guide is as clear and easy to understand as their previous, well-received Gem Identification Made Easy (LJ 9/1/90) and Complete Guide to Buying Gems (LJ 5/15/84). They have updated, expanded, and revised these works to include cautionary advice to the gem-buying consumer about new advancements in fraudulent enhancements of diamonds and especially colored gemstones. Updated price guides and advice on cut, settings, and metals; questions to ask before purchase; advice on selecting a jeweler, appraiser, and insurer; and charts of diamond gradings, gem names, and alternatives point out just how much a consumer needs to know to avoid costly mistakes. Newman concentrates on gold jewelry craft and value. With the aid of her own excellent photographs (showing what can be seen through the indispensable...


Jewelry & Gems
Antoinette Matlins
0943763444
Oct 2005
(Paperback) - Expanded Ed.
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Book Description
Know What You Want, Know What You’re Buying, Learn the Secrets to Get the Most for Your Money Easy to Read • Easy to Understand Practical • Complete Instant Answers ... to All Your Questions Completely Updated & Expanded 6th Edition! Purchasing gems and jewelry can be a magical experience, filled with excitement and anticipation. But lack of information, error, or misrepresentation can make the thrill of buying a gem or piece of jewelry confusing, intimidating, overwhelming, and costly. To help you avoid the pitfalls and keep the magic, two internationally respected experts on buying gems and jewelry put their inside knowledge to work for you in this easy-to-read, easy-to-use guide. It is filled with practical advice and is designed to make it easy for you to have all the information you need to buy...


The New Clay: Techniques and Approaches to Jewelry Making
Nan Roche, et al
0962054348
March 1992
Paperback
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Warman's Jewelry Field Guide
Leigh Leshner
0873499824
April 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
Jewelry collectors can't afford to go without this full-color portable guide. All types of collectible jewelry - antique, modern, estate, costume and rhinestone - are featured in this conveniently sized pricing and identification guide. Over 400 full-color photos detail the most beautiful and collectible pieces of jewelry on the market, with current pricing, historical information, dating clues, maker's marks, and tips for judging real versus fake stones. The easy-to-carry size makes this guide ideal for carrying along to shops, shows, auctions or estate sales. -Features 400 listings for collectible antique, modern, estate, costume and rhinestone jewelry -Offers detailed identification information and tips on judging real vs. fake stones -Convenient portable size


Modernist Jewelry 1930-1960: The Wearable Art Movement (Schiffer Book for Collectors)
Marbeth Schon
0764320203
May 1, 2004
Hardcover
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Book Description
This beautifully written new book explores the work of 175 of the most important American modernist artist jewelers through a comprehensive text and over 540 color and 35 black and white photos. Beginning with the streamlining of Art Moderne, modernist jewelers mirrored the consciousness of their age. They were free thinkers-artists who broke away from the mainstream of jewelry design and looked to the fine arts for inspiration; they were Surrealists, Cubists, and Abstract Expressionists functioning as sculptors in small scale, painters in enamels, and architects in miniature. The modernist metalsmiths of the 1930s through 1960s laid the groundwork for the enormous expansion of metalsmithing in the 1970s and '80s. These creative jewelers produced personal designs as they absorbed the changes happening in the world...


Tiffany's Palm Beach
John Loring
0810959380
December 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
With its extravagant homes, sumptuous gardens, and iconic residents, Palm Beach radiates luxury and wealth. Tiffany's Palm Beach showcases roughly 70 of the area's wealthiest, most powerful, and, in some cases, most reclusive residents in and around their stylishly opulent homes and gardens. Highlighted are exquisite Tiffany objects and jewels, both antique and contemporary, wherever they appear. With unprecedented access into the jealously and heavily guarded retreats in this most exclusive of American resorts, this deluxe volume is a virtual who's who of Palm Beach society. The text accompanying the book's lush photography provides historical context to the significance of these spectacular homes as well as the architects, interior designers, and garden designers that fashioned them. The ultimate luxury wish book,...


Verdura : The Life and Work of a Master Jeweler
Patricia Corbett
0810935295
December 1, 2002
Hardcover
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From Booklist
Every twentieth-century society name, from Coco Chanel to Babe Paley, is mentioned at least once in this meticulous biography of Sicilian jeweler Fulco Santostefano della Cerda, duke of Verdura. Art historian Corbett relishes details, including long descriptions of Fulco's work and play in New York, Paris, Venice, and Hollywood. Augmenting the prose are exquisite color photographs of his creations, reproductions of his drawings and miniature paintings, and illustrations of his art as shown in fashion magazines and by famous photographers. Yet this is not simply a litany of a life; Corbett spotlights Fulco's friendships, family, and personality without commentary or judgment. Plus, she factualizes a life and a name that previously were only a legend and a coveted signature. A wonderful evocation of long-gone elegance and...


Elizabeth Taylor
Elizabeth Taylor
0743254384
Dec 2003
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Taylor has presumably had love affairs with many things over the course of her illustrious life. Her acting career might be one, and her seven husbands might be others. But perhaps her one constant love affair is the lifelong one she's had with baubles, bangles and beads. In this dazzling book, Taylor shows off her collection, complementing the gorgeous color photographs with snippets about the provenance of each piece. "I mean, how many young women get a set of rubies just for doing something wholesome like swimming laps? Or win a diamond ring at Ping-Pong with their husband...? Well, I did, and for all of these memories and the people in my life I feel blessed," Taylor writes. She then launches into descriptions of the "glorious" ruby and diamond Cartier necklace from Mike Todd, the 33.19-carat Krupp diamond...


Tiffany Diamonds
John Loring
0810959372
November 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
Nothing sparkles quite like a diamond, and no diamond sparkles quite like one in a Tiffany setting. This lush volume celebrates the glittering world of Tiffany diamonds through its captivating history and sumptuous jewelry. John Loring recounts how Charles Lewis Tiffany was crowned the "king of diamonds" in 1848, how the firm purchased the French crown jewels in 1887, and how Tiffany introduced the engagement ring as we know it today. Intriguing and often mysterious tales of the world's famous diamonds-the Koh-i-noor, the Regent, the Sancy, and many more-embellish the text, and anecdotes about the illustrious owners of Tiffany diamonds provide a rare glimpse into the glamorous lifestyles of these privileged few. Handsomely produced with archival photographs, sketches, drawings, and new photography of antique and...


Southwestern Silver Jewelry
Paula A. Baxter
0764312448
March 2001
Hardcover
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Book Description
This beautiful book examines the first century of Navajo and Pueblo metal jewelry-making in the American Southwest. Beginning in the late 1860s, the region's native peoples learned metalworking and became accomplished silversmiths. Their work was united with a long-standing native traditon of beads and ornaments made from turquoise and other natural materials. The cross-cultural appeal of this jewelry continued into the mid-1900s, despite competition from tourist jewelry and mass-produced imitations. By the 1950s and 1960s, masters such as innovators Kenneth Begay and Charles Loloma created a legacy of fine art jewelry that is prized today. This development is discussed in the context of social changes and adaptations over the century. A values reference guide is also provided.

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Costume Jewelry: A Practical Handbook and Value Guide
Fred Rezazadeh
1574320130
September 1997
Hardcover
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Collecting Victorian Jewelry Identification & Price Guide
C. Jeanenne Bell
0873496736
Dec 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
Queen Victoria of Great Britain made a tremendous impact on the world, so much so that the era of her reign was given her name. Items from the Victorian period have a reputation for beauty and elegance, which is why they are such popular collectibles. This one-of-a-kind reference covers the beautiful jewelry of the Victorian Age, from 1837 to 1901. Gemologist C. Jeanenne Bell offers collectors this fascinating all-color exploration of the illustrious age and the elegant jewelry that it produced. Decade by decade, Bell reveals how the fashion of the time influenced the style of jewelry, and how innovations in manufacturing affected jewelry production. Jewelry listings provide current marketplace values, and also cover American and French jewelry styles from the time. Over 1,000 color pictures and illustrations convey...


Oak Furniture, the British Tradition
Victor Chinnery
1851490132
August 1986
Hardcover
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Gemstone Buying Guide: How to Evaluate, Identify, Select and Care for Colored Gems
Ren¿e Newman
0929975340
April 2003
Paperback
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Anglic Gemcutter
"Praiseworthy, a beautiful gem-pictorial reference and a help to everyone in viewing colored stones as a gemologist or gem dealer would . . .One of finest collections of gem photographs I've ever seen. The amount of work in this book is to be believed only by holding it in your hands. If you see the book, you will probably purchase it on the spot." --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Journal of Gemmology
"With colour on almost every opening few could resist this book whether or not they were in the gemstone and jewelry trade . . .here the reader is given all the information needed to show the custoemr what a stone is, interesting facts about particular species and advice on cleaning and conservation. . . we are show how to evaluate cuts, styles, color,...


Costume Jewelry
Judith Miller
0789496429
Oct 2003
Hardcover
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Book Description
Tracing the history of costume jewelry from ancient times to the present day, and explaining how changing fashions, social developments, and the discovery of new materials have influenced and inspired designers, DK Collector's Guide: Costume Jewelry is exciting, comprehensive, and easy to use. Written by world-renowned antiques expert Judith Miller, the book offers more than 1,500 collectible pieces in catalog-style, including special sections on 25 major designers such as Joseff of Hollywood, Tiffany & Co, Chanel, Schiaparelli and Dior, and offers priceless tips on what to look for when buying costume jewelry.


Antiques Roadshow Collectibles: The Complete Guide to Collecting 20th Century Glassware, Costume Jewelry, Memorabila, Toys and More from the Most-WATCHED Show on PBS
Carol Prisant
0761128220
August 2003
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
This lavishly illustrated and enthusiastically written guide to modern collectibles is another success by Prisant (Antiques Roadshow Primer), capturing on the printed page the excitement of the top-rated PBS television series Antiques Roadshow. An excellent introductory essay, "Collecting 101," is a helpful look at the field of collecting itself that includes some tips that even the most experienced collector should remember ("Work on self-discipline"). But this is clearly a book for the novice, and Prisant makes it clear that this is not a definitive work but "a brief overview of the types of collectibles that are brought most often to Antiques Roadshow." Her selection is impeccable, and she provides highly informative chapters on ceramics, advertising, glass, sports collectibles, toys, fashion and textiles,...


The Bakelite Collection
Matthew L. Burkholz, John Hylton (Photographer)
0764300164
September 1997
Hardcover
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Book Description
You know you're hooked when you get that feeling in the pit of your stomach. Is it a shortness of breath or a flush that comes to your face when you see it in a case at an antique mall, or on someone's arm as you stroll down the aisle shopping at an antiques show? Has someone caught you staring intently at their wrist or lapel and mistaken your focused gaze for some sign of familiarity? If any or all of the above symptoms or scenarios seem familiar to you, it's possible you may have it! Yes, it's all too true, you may indeed be suffering from...BAKELITE FEVER! The Bakelite Collection describes some of the many differing collecting preferences of some of the nation's most prolific appreciators of fine Bakelite jewelry. Men and women, doctors and lawyers, modernists and traditionalists alike have fallen prey to...


Signed Beauties of Costume Jewelry
Marcia Brown
1574322885
Apr 2002
Hardcover
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Warman's Jewelry: A Fully Illustrated Identification and Price Guide to 18th, 19th, and 20th Century Fine and Costume Jewelry
Christie Romero
0873493281
December 2002
Paperback
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Book Description
The best-selling guide to the most popular and collectible jewelry from the 19th and 20th centuries just got better! Now in its third edition, Warman’s® Jewelry is in full-color and completely revised and updated. Collectors will find detailed descriptions and up-to-date pricing information for more than 1,000 pieces of antique, period, and vintage collectible jewelry on the U.S. market today. Covers everything from Victorian, Art Noveau, Edwardian, Costume, and Bakelite to Scandinavian, Mexican, Novelty, and more. Readers will learn fascinating, informative, and valuable background information about each category of jewelry. More than 600 colorful photographs grace the pages of this invaluable price and identification guide. Christie Romero is a historian of antique and vintage jewelry, as well as a...


Inside the Jewelry Box
Ann Mitchell Pitman
1574323911
Apr 2004
Paperback
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Robert Lee Morris
Robert Lee Morris
0810949547
Nov 2004
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
By the time he was 31, Morris had become one of the most influential jewelry designers in North America: his creations appeared all over fashion magazines like Vogue; his Manhattan jewelry store had become a favorite spot of celebrities like Bianca Jagger and Andy Warhol; and his work was marching down the runways of Calvin Klein, Karl Lagerfeld, Kansai Yamamoto and Donna Karen. In this coffee-table book cum memoir, Morris explains "how he grew from a self-taught jewelry designer to a recognizable brand name in such a relatively short time." The designer, who is known for his "edgy blend of modern and tribal effects," attributes his global sensibility to his college courses in anthropology and to his upbringing as an "Airforce brat." He moved 23 times before he was 18 and lived for several years in Japan and...


Watches International : Volume VI (Watches International)
Roberta Naas (Editor)
0847827224
June 21, 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
Since 1991, this annual publication has been setting the standard for up-to-date reference guides devoted to watches. At over 500 pages (the largest volume yet), Watches International Volume VI showcases all the latest watches from around the world, from every major designer, including Audemars Piguet, Bulgari, Chopard, Ebel Longines, Omega, Patek Philippe, and TAG Heuer. Several hundred beautiful and meticulous full-color photographs not only show the watches’ style and exquisiteness, but also―and perhaps most importantly―the watches’ details such as movements, functions, case, dial and shape. The text gives an overview of each of the new watches’ histories. Technical descriptions, most with retail prices, make this a must-have reference for everyone who loves timepieces personally or...


Pearl Buying Guide: How to Evaluate, Identify and Select Pearls and Pearl Jewelry
Renee Newman
0929975359
April 2004
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
In this handbook on purchasing pearls, gemologist Newman defies any hope of elegant prose and dives right in. Her first chapter begins, "The following factors can affect the price of pearls: Luster, Surface Quality, Shape, Color, Size, Nacre (pearl coating) thickness and quality, Matching, Treatment status (untreated or treated), Pearl type (saltwater/freshwater, natural/cultured, whole/ blister)." Assuming readers are novices, Newman explains how to appraise and distinguish among all varieties of pearls. She takes potential buyers and collectors through the ins and outs of the pearl world, and her guide will best serve those looking to make a considerable investment. She explains why buyers might favor one pearl type over another and how to shop for pearls (e.g., examine the strands on a flat white surface, look...


Queen's Jewels
LESLIE FIELD
0810981726


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From Library Journal
The Queen's Jewels captures the opulence and splendor of the gems of English queens from Mary Queen of Scots to Elizabeth II. Organized alphabetically by gemstones, this historical and visual documentary elegantly displays the world's most famous jewelry collection intertwined with accounts of romance, intrigue, and politics. It offers an inside look at the tastes of each monarch, from Queen Mary's Delhi Durbar emeralds to Elizabeth II's diamond engagement ring designed by Prince Philip. The Jewels of the Duchess of Windsor documents the final chapter of this century's best-known love story, that of the Engish king who abdicated to marry American divorcee Wallis Warfield Simpson, and the sale of the historic collection of jewels he gave her. Rayner, however, curiously focuses on a biography of the Duke and the...


Antique Trader Jewelry Price Guide
Kyle Husfloen
0873492226
June 2001
Paperback
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Book Description
In the respected tradition of the Antique Trader Antiques and Collectibles Price Guide, this new price guide gives jewelry collectors the same comprehensive coverage, detailed descriptions and reliable pricing. Thorough in scope yet still compact in size, this guide will appeal to all dealers, appraisers, and collectors. The easy to use format first classifies jewelry by section—fine antique, 1800 to 1920; modern, 1920 to present day; and costume—and then organizes jewelry alphabetically by type, such as bracelets, necklaces, watch chains, etc. A special sub-section on jewelry sets is also included. Lists 3,500 pieces—from the unique to the everyday—with current values for each plus detailed descriptions that note important condition factors. - Includes 3,500 pieces, each one with a specific price...


Collecting Costume Jewelry 101: The Basics of Starting, Building and Upgrading: Identification and Value Guide
Julia C. Carroll
1574323806
June 2004
Paperback
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