Estate Jewelry

November 18, 2010

By Diana Sanders Cinamon
Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.
Hard Bound with Dust Jacket
ISBN: 978-0-7643-3300-2
This 2010 Schiffer release is a comprehensive reference to antique and period jewelry. Highly collectible today, the estate jewelry covered in this volume includes pieces created over a two hundred year period in the United States, the United Kingdom, Europe, and Canada. Featured are jewelry items from the Georgian, Victorian, Belle Epoche, Art Deco, and modern eras.
Expansive with over 680 color photographs, the book is divided into two sections and includes historical information along with a values reference section. Fashion influences, popular jewelry styles and forms, gems and gem materials, and jewelry-making tech-niques are discussed. Readers will also find sections on gem identification; metals, fittings, and findings in jewelry; and jewelry marks.
Jewelry creations by various designers are identified and described, and the values section includes over 500 items in a format that facilitates individual piece location without having to leaf through the entire book. Categorized items are presented together visually and in chronological order.
Written by a personal property appraiser whose specialty is antique and collectible jewelry, this book brings a lot of “bling” to its readers. Meticulously researched and beautifully designed, this is a book that no jewelry collector or dealer should be without.
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