The Best Antique Jewelry Books

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Many fine antique collections started out with just a good book!

To increase your understanding of of Antique Jewelry, Costume jewelry, historic hallmarks, gemstones, gemstone meanings and pearls, I can recommend the following books:

Famous Collections

You can't have a page about the best antique jewelry books without including famous jewelry collections.

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"My Love Affair with Jewelry" by Elizabeth Taylor

Some of the wealthiest people of this world are the greatest givers, and in this deeply personal account of Elizabeth Taylor's jewelry collection, Elizabeth opens her heart and her remarkable jewelry collection for us all to enjoy. You will love this refreshing, personal account of this famous jewelry collection written with great style and in a down-to-earth manner. This is one of the best Antique Jewelry books because it has none of that stuffy opulence you often find on the subject of famous jewelry collections. It's a real treasure in itself. 

"The Jewel Album of Tsar Nicholas II" by Alexander Von Solodkoff (Author), Irina A. Bogatskaya (Author)

Just when Ramanov fanatics had thought they had seen every photograph of Nicholas II's family, along comes this Jewel Album....

Best Antique Jewelry Books on Identification

"Bradbury's Book of Hallmarks: A Guide to Marks of Origin on English, Scottish and Irish Silver, Gold and Platinum and on Foreign Imported Silver and Gold Plate 1544 to 2010 (Paperback) by Frederick Bradbury

Top of the list of best antique jewelry books is the Bradbury's Book of Hallmarks - the definitive guide of hallmarks on gold, silver, and platinum.

If a gold hallmark has you stumped, you might like to use the link to the Hallmark Guru Here.

International Hallmarks on Silver by Maurice Lengelle Tardy

This is one of the Best Antique Jewelry Books and essential for serious collectors.

"The Jewels of Miriam Haskell"
by Deanna Farreti Cera (Author), Miriam Haskell (Author)

"Jackson's Silver and Gold Marks of England, Scotland Ireland by Ian Pickford (editor).

A must in dating English silver. If you are a serious collector of Antique English Silver this book belongs on your book shelf. (Hardcover). However, it has to be said, that if you collect English silver objects from late 19th century, it could be disappointing. It is a an esential book about the history of the British hallmark system and pioneer British silversmiths.

"Paris Salons Vol 1: Jewellery A-K" by Alistair Duncan

a great reference tool for collectors and scholars. Including a brief overview of the changes in style and taste, during this flowering of Art Nouveau within the decorative arts of France, as well as the functions of the salons. This book provides over 5000 dated illustrations listed by designer. The author has drawn upon his many years of expertise to identify leading designers such as Boucheron, Chaumet and Lalique others designers who have not previously been known. This impressive book belongs in any library serving collectors and scholars of the Art Nouveau period as well as the general public.

"Paris Salons Vol 2: Jewellery L-Z" by Alistair Duncan

an indispensable reference for this seminal twenty year Art Nouveau period. These two volumes are a unique source for identification and authentication and an invaluable key both to design ideas and the jewellery of the period.

Alastair Duncan is a consultant on 19th and 20th century decorative arst to Christie's, New York. He is the author of books, catalogues and articles on this and related subjects and one of the world's foremost authorities on the subject of Art Nouveau. 

"Jewelry: From Antiquity to the Present" by Clair Philips

This book is a great foundational book about Antique Jewelry and a good guide to the evolution of Western Jewelry. The author examines jewelry's changing fashions that have been worn by both men and women in jewelry's history.

"Warman's Jewelry Identification and Price Guide" by Christie Romero.

An excellent guide to collectible jewelry from the late 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Packed with quality photos and descriptive text. Logical, useful arrangment.

"Warman's Costume Jewelry Figurals: Identification and Price Guide" (Paperback) by Kathy Flood

For all things PINS and costume figural jewelry it's hard to beat Kathy Flood, an expert in this era. An essential book for Costume Jewelry Collectors. Christmas tree pin collectors take note!

"How to be a Jewelry Detective" by C. Jeanenne Bell

Jeanne Bell is an expert on Antique jewelry. This is an essential book as it gives you the simple basic facts about how to identify jewelry.

"How to Make Money Out of Antiques" by Judith Miller

If you are serious about investing in Antique Jewelry you should have a good idea about how the Antique business works. How to make money out of antiques boils down to how much knowledge you have about the subject. How you get this knowledge is by checking out internet resources like this one *wink* and reading the best antique jewelry books you can get your hands on. This is one of them. This book gives you information about the Antique business in general and how everyone relates to each other. Essential reading.

"Vintage Jewelry: A Price & Identification Guide 1920 to 1940s" by Leigh Leshner

Leigh is an expert and world authority on Vintage Costume Jewelry and often helps out on the Guru Forums on Antique Jewelry Investor. Leigh's expert opinions are very much appreciated by our visitors.

The Best Gemstone Books

The best Antique Jewelry books list would not be complete without including books about gemstones.

"Secrets of the Gem Trade" by Richard Wise

Gemstones and Antique Jewelry are two sides of the same coin and this is a great book about gemstones, written by an authority on gemstones. A wonderful gemstone book for newbies and gem-veterans alike. Great illustrations. Highly recommended.

The Jeweler's Directory of Gemstones: A Complete Guide to Appraising and Using Precious Stones from Cut and Color to Shape and Settings by Judith Crowe

"Diamond Grading ABC The Manual. Occurence, Mining, Trade. Quality Evaluation of Colour, Clarity, Cut and Weight. Fancy Cuts. Artificial Colour Changes. Diamond Simulants" (Hardcover) by Verena Page-Thiesen


"Pearls" by Elizabeth Strack

The pearl bible - Elizabeth is a leading gemologist and the original book is a 700 page study on natural and cultured pearls, originally written in German. It has been translated into English, however trying to find a copy of "Pearls" is harder than finding a Natural Pearl.

I managed to find a couple of copies from ABEBOOKS HERE.

If you have a spare copy of "Pearls" by Strack you might like to sell or exchange the book for a physical pearl at the Jewelry Exchange Here.

YOu can find more great books on pearls Here!

The Best Photography Books

"Photographing Arts, Crafts & Collectibles: Take Great Digital Photos for Portfolios, Documentation, or Selling on the Web" (Paperback) by Steve Meltzer

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