A good place to start with a general over view and time line from Victorian, Art Deco, Arts and Crafts, 1950s, Czech, Austrian and a few designers. Easy to read and possesses good photographs. Hand bag size and ideal to see on the train

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2. Vintage Costume Jewellery: A Passion for wonderful Fakes by Carol Tanenbaum (ISBN 1-85149-511-8)

Absolutely essential to buy and gets the time line with expanded information. Includes Art Nouveau, Birmingham silver, machine, intro to Bakelite and plastic in addition to a glossary. Loads of good photographs but none in the backs (a ought to for identification but rarely shipped with any book)

3. Secrets to Collecting Jewelry: How to purchase MORE for less! by Leigh Leshner (ISBN 0-89689-180-1)

Again an occasion line and over view through history but a total gem of a book since it has shows the backs and mechanism or findings that will be essential to dating diamond jewelry. This book looks at style and materials using specific photographs. Prom diamond jewelry, art plastic, retro, manufacturing methods, Scandinavian, cameos. Mostly brief information but a decent visual guide. US e book with $ price guide (2005). Another fabulous book to learn on the bus or train as fits inside your bag.

several. Jewels and Jewellery Clare Phillips (V & A) (ISBN 978-1-85177-535-4) or even Jewellery: The Decorative Arts Library edited by Janet Swarbrick (ISBN 1-902328-13-2)

Cannot decide which of these UK books was the most informative. So have I've included both

Jewels and Jewellery contains supplies, a chronology of styles and manufacturing and distribution. Photographs of museum together with pieces. Includes silver filigree, Berlin In terms of iron, pearls, glass and enamel. Faith jewellery, cut material, mourning and love jewellery not just jet or bog walnut. Lalique, Ashbee, Liberty Cymric, Wilson, Gaskins and a time line pre Victorian on the 2000s.

Jewellery is a visual celebration of this world's great jewellery making techniques. From the historic world until 1989. Full of information and photographs to learn specific references to Jewellery within the uk.

5. Popular Jewelry in the '60s, '70s & '80s by Roseann Ettinger (ISBN 0-7643-2470-5)

Three decades of jewellery explaining fashion and political trends that influenced the designs. US book with usd price guide (2006) The majority of vintage jewellery found is from this period and so helps make this book invaluable to see. Well illustrated with pieces which can be recognizable here in the uk. Including Mod jewellery, eastern influence, Pop Art, novelty, revival pieces, love beads, Art Metal, jade, clear plastic, wood and pave. The author has produced other research books on other decades which might be well worth investing in.

6. Collecting Art Plastic Jewelry by Leigh Leshner (ISBN 0-87349-954-9)

Bakelite is rare to uncover in jewellery in such quantities and variety as in the states. It is useful to celebrate and see the plethora designs plastic has been used or with many other materials. Celluloid, Lucite, thermoset, thermoplastic, laminated, reverse carved are additionally found here within the uk and easily over looked. This book does allow you to be look at plastic accessories in the whole new light. Does not contain enough information with galalith, the early plastic type that is more common within the uk.

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