All Wired Up by Mark Lareau. Interweave Press, Inc., October 2000. Easy-to-follow instructions on exciting wire-work design techniques. Of the dozens of books I’ve purchased on beading and wirework, this one by far has been my favorite. It’s also one of the first ones I ever bought! Stacy of Ruby Lane Shop Staliza Jewelry
Gemstones of the World, Revised & Expanded Edition, by Walter Schumann. Sterling Publishing, December 1997. Purchasing beaded gemstones at gem shows can be daunting because there is usually little or no labeling and you’re left taking somebody’s word for what you’re buying. I’ve spent a lot of time reading up on various gemstones in this book and it’s helped me to identify not only what I’m looking at, but what the quality is as well. One of my favorite features of this book is that several examples of the stones are shown in photographs. Often you see the stone in its natural state as well as the cut and polished gem. Seeing several examples of each stone helps identify that type of gemstone in person since so many variances occur in nature. Stacy of Ruby Lane Shop Staliza Jewelry
American Costume Jewelry by Carla & Roberto Brunialti. Mazzotta, 1997. This is one of my favorites. Although the book is in Italian, it has the best illustrations, descriptions, patents representing the best of the best vintage costume jewelry from 1935-1950. Marianna of Ruby Lane Shop Sweetie’s Memorable Gemz
A Tribute to America, by Carla & Roberto Brunialti. EDITA, Milan, January 2002. This is one of my other favorites. Although the book is in Italian, it has the best illustrations, descriptions, patents representing the best of the best vintage costume jewelry from 1935-1950. Marianna of Ruby Lane Shop Sweetie’s Memorable Gemz
Antique Enameled Jewelry by Dale Reeves Nicholls. Schiffer Book for Collectors. Little current information is available about enameled jewelry and this book, is, by far the best in print. It covers a wide range of types of enamelling and a beautifully illustrated sampling of jewelry items from Victorian to contemporary. It also provides values for most of the items. How it does that is my least favorite thing about this lovely hardcover book (at the end of the chapter is a compilation in rather small print that refers back to the page where the item appears and as such is awkward. I’m sure it was done this way to make future editions easier to edit and print). Additionally, as a long-time dealer in enamel jewelry I find much of the pricing vastly difference from my personal experience. I’m sure this has much to do with regional differences, etc. but as a collector, I would not pay too much attention to the pricing information except as a very rough guideline. The book does contain photographs of some rare and gorgeous pieces that you will not see on the open market and just for those this book is a "must have" for anyone interested in or already collecting enameled jewelry. Recommended by Barbara Jokel
Jewels of Fantasy. Edited by Deanna Farnetti Cera. Sept 1992. In the early 1990’s Daniel Swarovski sponsored an exhibit at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. Jewels of Fantasy documents the finest and most significant exhibit of 20th century costume jewelry created by American and European designers from Art Nouveau to 1960’s. Marianna of Ruby Lane Shop Sweetie’s Memorable Gemz.
Inside the Jewelry Box: A Collector’s Guide to Costume Jewelry: Indentification and Values by Ann Mitchell Pitman.
Collector Books, April 2004. Marianna of Ruby Lane Shop Sweetie’s Memorable Gemz.
Inside the Jewelry Box: A collector’s Guide to Costume Jewelry, Identification and Values: Volume 2 by Ann Mitchell Pitman. Collector Books, May 2007.
Collecting Victorian Jewelry.
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