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Recommended Reading for Research and Pleasure!

A Guide Through Vintage Costume Jewerly Resources

I have not read all of these books (yet!). This is a list from the eBay Jewelry and Gemstones Discussion Board.

For your convenience, I'm linking these books for sale where they are available from Half.com (an eBay company). I would have listed Amazon links also but was afraid that would keep us from linking it on the Discussion Boards. However, I can recommend, whenever possible, to buy directly from the author for two reasons. One, you can probably get the book autographed and two, it usually benefits them financially and supports them for their work. Additionally, if not the author, I would recommend shopping around on the publisher's site. They often have clearance sales of perfectly wonderful books. Often discounted because there are too few left to advertise or a new edition is coming out in the next 6 months.

If I've listed a Boardie's nickname in the wrong place, or you just don't want your name on there, please let me know by email and I'll fix it immediately. If you agree with the book choices, feel free to let me know that too and I'll add you as recommending the title. I'll take up to 5 recommendations per book, that's like a 5-Star Hotel rating LOL. In addition, this link will give you a more in depth review of a different jewelry book each month: http://imageevent.com/thejewelryring/jewelryringbookreview

I'm also giving you two very special links. One is to the Open Library Wiki-like project funded by the California State Library The Open Library. On this wonderful site, you can "pick up" an e-Book to read on-line for free. The books are scanned, actual copies and can be as old as from the 1800's. They may help you research the older pieces for which you cannot have every antique book on hand.

The other is WorldCat. WorldCat is the world's largest network of library content and services. It will tell you what library systems near you have the book you are searching for. Most libraries are willing to borrow from within systems and could get it in locally for you.

Thanks!
~Hag :)

 

Title: Inside the Jewelry Box Vol 1
Author's Website: www.insidethejewelrybox.com    
Author: Ann Mitchell Pitman
Publisher: Collector Books
Publication Year: 2004
ISBN-10: 1574323911
ISBN-13: 9781574323917
List Price: 24.95
Format: Softcover
Pages: 272
Language: English
Dimensions: 8.3 x 10.6 x 0.7 inches
Weight: 1.9 pounds

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Title: Inside the Jewelry Box Vol 2
Author's Website: www.insidethejewelrybox.com    
Author: Ann Mitchell Pitman
Publisher: Collector Books
Publication Year: 2007
ISBN-10: 1574325426
ISBN-13: 9781574325423
List Price: 24.95
Format: Softcover
Pages: 208
Language: English
Dimensions: 8.5 x 10.6 x 0.6 inches
Weight: 1.5 pounds

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Title: Inside the Jewelry Box Vol 3
Author's Website: www.insidethejewelrybox.com    
Author: Ann Mitchell Pitman
Publisher: Collector Books
Publication Year: 2008
This item will be available on November 18.
ISBN-10: 1574326074
ISBN-13: 9781574326079
List price: $24.95
Format: Paperback
Pages: 224
Language: English
Dimensions:

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Title: Warman's Jewelry
Author's Website: www.center4jewelrystudies.org
Author: Christie Romero
Publisher: Krause Publications
Publication Year: 2002
ISBN-10: 0873493281
ISBN-13: 9780873493284
List Price: $29.95
Format: Paperback
Pages: 272
Language: English
Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.3 x 0.7 inches
Weight: 2.1 pounds
(Christie Romero is also
an Antiques Roadshow Appraiser)

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Title: Warman's Vintage Jewelry
Author: Leigh Lesher
Publisher: Krause Publications
Publication Year: 2008
ISBN-10: 0896896390
ISBN-13: 9780896896390
List Price:
Format: Paperback
Pages: 255
Language: English
Dimensions:
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Title: Warman's Jewelry Field Guide
Author: Leigh Lesher
Publisher: Krause Publications
Publication Year: 2005
ISBN-10: 0873499824
ISBN-13: 9780873499828
List Price:
Format: Paperback
Pages: 512 pages
Language: English
Dimensions: 5 x 4.2 x 1.1 inches
Weight: 13.4 ounces

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Title: Warman's Costume Jewelry Figurals
Author: Kathy Flood
Publisher: Krause Publications
Publication Year: 2007
ISBN-10: 0896895629
ISBN-13: 9780896895621
List Price:
Format: Paperback
Pages: 256
Language: English
Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.3 x 0.8 inches
Weight: 2.2 pounds

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Title: Warman's Antique Jewelry Field Guide
Author's Website: www.jewelryboxantiques.com
Author: Jeanenne Bell
Publisher: Krause Publications
Publication Year: 2003
ISBN-10: 0873495276
ISBN-13: 9780873495271
List Price:
Format: Paperback
Pages: 509
Language: English
Dimensions: 5.1 x 4.3 x 1.1 inches
Weight: 9.6 ounces
(Jeanenne Bell is also
an Antiques Roadshow Appraiser)

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Title: American costume jewelry, 1935-1950
Author: Carla Ginelli Brunialti and Roberto Brunialti
Publisher: Mazzotta
Publication Year: 1997
ISBN-10: 8820212560
ISBN-13: 9788820212568
List Price:
Format: Paperback
Pages: 299
Language: Italian
Dimensions:
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Title: American Costume Jewelry: Art and Industry, 1935-1950, A-M
Author: Carla Ginelli Brunalti, Roberto Brunalti
Publisher: Schiffer Publishing
Publication Year: 2008
ISBN-13: 9780764329821
List Price: $59.99
This item will be available on September 8.
Format:
Pages: 256
Language:
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Title: American Costume Jewelry: Art and Industry, 1935-1950, N-Z
Author: Carla Ginelli Brunalti, Roberto Brunalti
Publisher: Schiffer Publishing
Publication Year: 2008
This item will be available on October 1.
ISBN-13: 9780764329838
List Price: $59.99
Format: Hard Cover
Pages: 256
Language:
Dimensions:
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Title: Collecting Costume Jewelry 101
The Basics of Starting, Building & Upgrading
Author's Website: www.collectingcostumejewelry101.com
Author: Julia C. Carroll
Publisher: Collector Books
Publication Year: 2004 Out of Print
ISBN-10: 1574323806
ISBN-13: 9781574323801
Format: Softcover
Pages: 304 pages
Dimensions: 8.3 x 10.5 x 0.8 inches
Weight: 34.4 oz

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Title: Collecting Costume Jewelry 101
The Basics of Starting, Building & Upgrading
Author's Website: www.collectingcostumejewelry101.com
Author: Julia C. Carroll
Publisher: Collector Books
Publication Year: 2007 2nd Edition
ISBN-10: 1574325620
ISBN-13: 9781574325621
List Price:
Format: Paperback
Pages: 348 pages
Language: English
Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.4 x 0.8 inches
Weight: 2.4 pounds

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Title: Collecting Costume Jewelry 202
The Basics of Dating Jewelry
Author's Website: www.collectingcostumejewelry101.com
Author: Julia C. Carroll
Publisher: Collector Books
Publication Year: 2006
ISBN-10: 1574325299
ISBN-13: 9781574325294
List Price:
Format: Paperback
Pages: 400
Language: English
Dimensions: 10.7 x 8.4 x 1 inches
Weight: 3.4 pounds

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Title: How to be a Jewelry Detective
Author's Website: www.jewelryboxantiques.com
Author: Jeanenne Bell
Publisher: A.D. Publishing
Publication Year: 2001
ISBN-10: 0970337809
ISBN-13: 9780970337801
List Price:
Format: Paperback
Pages: 167
Language: English
Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.5 x 0.3 inches
Weight: 11.5 ounces

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Title: European Designer Jewelry
Author: Ginger Moro
Publisher: Schiffer Pub Ltd
Publication Year: 1995
ISBN-10: 0887408230
ISBN-13: 9780887408236
List Price:
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 304
Illustrations: 707 photos
Dimensions: 11 x 8.6 x 1.1 inches
Weight: 2.9 pounds

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Title: Antique Enameled Jewelry
Author: Dale Nicholls, Robin Allison
Publisher: Schiffer Pub Ltd
Publication Year: 2006
ISBN-10: 0764319914
ISBN-13: 9780764319914
List Price:
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 192
Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.6 x 0.9 inches
Weight: 2.7 pounds

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Title: Egyptian Revival Jewelry & Design
Author: Dale R. Nicholls, Robin Allison, Shelly Foote
Publisher: Schiffer Pub Ltd
Publication Year: 2007
ISBN-10: 076432540X
ISBN-13: 9780764325403
List Price:
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 160
Language: English
Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.4 x 1 inches
Weight: 2.6 pounds

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Title: Miriam Haskell Jewelry
Author's Website: http://imageevent.com/bluboi
Author: Cathy Gordon, Sheila Pamfiloff
Publisher: Schiffer Pub Ltd
Publication Year: 2004
ISBN-10: 076432070X
ISBN-13: 9780764320705
List Price:
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 256
Language: English
Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.4 x 1.1 inches
Weight: 3.9 pounds

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Title: The Art of Juliana Jewelry
Author's Website: www.katerinamusettidesigns.com Author: Katerina Musetti
Publisher: Schiffer Pub Ltd
Publication Year: 2007
ISBN-10: 0764329111
ISBN-13: 9780764329111
List Price: $59.95
Format: Hard Cover
Pages: 208
Language: English
Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.8 x 1.1 inches
Weight: 4.2 pounds

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Title: Victorian Jewellery
Author: Peter Hinks
Publisher: Studio Edns
Publication Year: 1991
ISBN-10: 1851706399
ISBN-13: 9781851706396
List Price:
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 328
Language: English
Dimensions:
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Title: Answers to Questions About Old Jewelry 1840-1950
Author:
Publisher: KP Books
Publication Year: 2003
ISBN-10: 087349556X
ISBN-13: 9780873495561
List Price:
Format: Paperback
Pages: 560
Language: English
Dimensions: 27.7 x 21.6 x 2.8 cm
Weight:

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Title: Victorian Jewelry: Unexplored Treasures
Author: Ginny Reddington Dawes and Corinne Davidov
Publisher: Abbeville Press Inc.,U.S.
Publication Year: 2005
ISBN-10: 0789208687
ISBN-13: 9780789208682
List Price:
Format: Paperback
Pages: 156
Language: English
Dimensions: 25.9 x 22.6 x 1.5 cm

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Title: A tribute to America costume jewelry, 1935-1950
Author: by Brunialti, Carla Ginelli.
Publisher: EDITA
Publication Year: 2002
Language: English
Pages: 229
LCCN: 2002450948
LC: NK4890.C67 B784 2002
OCLC: 49756664

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Title: Jewels of Fantasy:
Costume Jewelry of the 20th Century
Author: Deanna Farneti Cera (Author, Editor), Vivienne Becker (Author), Nicoletta Bocca (Author), Gerda Buxbaum (Author), Melissa Gabardi (Author)
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams, Inc.
Publication Year: 1992
ISBN-10: 0810931788
ISBN-13: 9780810931787
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 408
Language: English
Dimensions: 30.2 x 26.9 x 4.1 cm

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Title: Amazing Gems:
An Illustrated Guide to the World's Most Dazzling Costume Jewelry
Author: Deanna Farneti Cera, Elizabeth Leister (Translator)
Publisher: Abrams,Harry N Inc
Publication Year: 1997
ISBN-13: 9780810931473
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 256

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Title: Fabulous Fakes: A Passion for Vintage
Author:Carole Tanenbaum, Puzant Apkarian (Photographer)
Publisher: Artisan
Publication Year: 2006
ISBN-13: 9781579652920
List Price: $35.00
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 224

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Title: Twentieth Century Costume Jewelry
Author: Angela Gordon
Publisher: Gordon, Angela
Publication Year: 1991
ISBN-13: 9789627517023
ISBN: 962751702X
Format: Hardcover

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Title: Popular Jewelry, 1840-1940
Author: Roseann Ettinger
Publisher: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.
Publication Year: 2007
ISBN-13: 9780764315824
List Price: $29.95
Pages: 176

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Title: The Bakelite Collection
Author: Matthew L. Burkholz, John Hylton, John Hylton (Photographer)
Publisher: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.
Publication Year: 2007
ISBN-13: 9780764300165
List Price: $59.95
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 242

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Title: Vintage Jewelry
for Investment and Casual Wear
Author: Karen L. Edeen
Publisher: Collector Books
Publication Year: 2002
ISBN: 1574322621
Format: Hard Cover
Pages: 160
Dimensions: 8.5 x 11 in.

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Title: Costume Jewelry Identification and Price Guide
Confident Collector Series
Author: Harrice Simons Miller
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication Year: 1994
ISBN-10: 0380770784
ISBN-13: 9780380770786
Format: Paperback
Pages: 376
Dimensions: 8.0 x 5.5 x 1.1 inches
Weight: 12.0 oz
Language: English

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Books below are materials that were listed in our group discussion as less useful. Certainly, you should judge for yourself. Possibly try the book from a library or see it in person before ordering online sight-unseen. Each person looks for something different in a resource. These books may be just what you are looking for. However, if you have to pick a book to start with, I would select from the many recommendations above this point first.
Books by Ronna Lee Atkins. Prices cited as being over-inflated to actual market values. Faulty dating information. Books by Marcia Brown. Poor quality photos and unrealistic valuations.

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