12 Excellent Reference Books for Collecting Vintage Costume Jewelery in the UK

You have a thirst for knowledge and need to know extra about the classic costume jewelery in your assortment. But which guide to purchase in case you are dwelling in the UK?

There are lots of of reference books to select from and most have been written in the US by authors who’ve a set primarily based in the US. How particular is that to us in the UK?

So right here's a quick information of 12 books to provide a very good over view of knowledge from Victorian by means of to the eighties and past. Actually there are greater than 12 books right here, as a result of some authors have written multiple guide that’s helpful.

This information ought to cowl basic unsigned items and a few signed items of jewelery. However there aren’t any particular books ever written for the majority of the mass produced signed costume jewelery made by UK corporations or made for the UK market aside from Wilson and Butler.

1. Costume Jewelery: A Collectors Guide by Caroline Behr (Miller's) (ISBN 1-84000-373-1)

A great place to begin with a basic over view and time line from Victorian, Art Deco, Arts and Crafts, 1950s, Czech, Austrian and a few designers. Easy to learn and has good images. Hand bag dimension and splendid to learn on the prepare

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

A should to purchase and has the time line with expanded data. Includes Art Nouveau, Birmingham silver, machine, intro to Bakelite and plastic and a glossary. Loads of excellent images however none of the backs (a should for identification however hardly ever included in any guide)

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

Again a time line and over view by means of historical past however an absolute gem of a guide as a result of it has exhibits the backs and mechanism or findings which are important to courting jewelery. This guide seems at model and supplies with particular images. Prom jewelery, artwork plastic, retro, manufacturing strategies, Scandinavian, cameos. Mostly transient data however an excellent visible information. US guide with $ value information (2005). Another fabulous guide to learn on the bus or prepare as matches into your bag.

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

Could not resolve which of those UK books was the most informative. So have I’ve included each

Jewels and Jewelery incorporates supplies, a chronology of types and manufacturing and distribution. Photographs of museum and items. Includes silver filigree, Berlin Iron, pearls, glass and enamel. Faith jewelery, minimize metal, mourning and love jewelery not simply jet or lavatory oak. Lalique, Ashbee, Liberty Cymric, Wilson, Gaskins and a time line pre Victorian to the 2000s.

Jewelery is a visible celebration of the world's nice jewelery making methods. From the historical world till 1989. Full of knowledge and pictures with extra particular references to Jewelery in the UK.

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

Three many years of jewelery displaying style and political tendencies that influenced the designs. US guide with $ value information (2006) The majority of classic jewelery discovered is from this era and so makes this guide invaluable to learn. Well illustrated with items which are recognizable right here in the UK. Including Mod jewelery, jap affect, Pop Art, novelty, revival items, love beads, Art Metal, jade, plastic, wooden and pave. The writer has produced different reference books on different many years that are properly value investing in.

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

Bakelite is uncommon to seek out in jewelery in such portions and selection as in the States. It is beneficial to acknowledge and see the number of designs plastic has been used or with different supplies. Celluloid, Lucite, thermoset, thermoplastic, laminated, reverse carved are extra generally discovered right here in the UK and simply over seemed. This guide does make you have a look at plastic equipment in a complete new mild. Does not include sufficient data on galalith, the early plastic kind that’s extra widespread in the UK. For this learn books on Jakob Bengel.

7. Collecting Costume Jewelry 303: The flip aspect Exploring costume jewellery from the again by Julia C Carroll. (ISBN 978-1-57432-626-0)

This is the guide that will get to the fundamentals should have knowledge of classic costume jewelery. The completely different parts together with the stones and cabochons that may be invaluable in courting and {hardware} clues that may be missed. Cameos, rhinestones, signed jewelery and pictures of the signatures, artwork glass, pin backs and a lot extra. I have a look at this guide and all the time discover one thing that I’ve not seen earlier than. One of my most dear books in phrases of knowledge. Also has a bit of designers together with Jonette Jewelry Co (JJ) that aren’t all the time discovered in different books. US guide with $ value guides (2010)

Julia Carroll has produced different books together with Costume Jewelry 101 and 202 in this critical. Both books are properly value having for reference as properly.

8. Baubles, Buttons and Beads: The Heritage of Bohemia by Sibelle Jargstorf (ISBN 0-88740-467-7)

This is one other gem of a guide; as we had an abundance of classic jewelery imported into this nation from Bohemia up till the Second World War after which in smaller portions after. Still out there to seek out and acquire however costs are rising. Sections on buttons, filigree, glass beads, plastic and glass cameos, 1930s, enamel and extra importantly the historical past. After studying this guide it has helped me date and establish cameos, filigree brooches and brightly coloured rhinestone jewelery of the 1920s and 30s. Hand completed and machine made gown clips and the completely different finishes used.

Sibylle Jargstorf has produced different books on beads and glass which are invaluable.

9. Cameos: A Pocket Guide by Monica Lynn Clements and Patricia Rosser Clements (ISBN 0-7643-1728-8)

Although there are lots of books on cameos, this small packet information is filled with cameos in supplies apart from shell. Shell is the most collected cameo jewelry kind however for me it didn’t have an attraction. I needed to know extra about the glass, plastic, steel and gemstone cameos that I used to be discovering. How to establish the supplies used and when had been they made. This guide has an abundance of images overlaying an enormous quantity of cameos in these supplies and extra importantly recognizable for the UK market. US guide with $ value information (2003) For extra in depth data on cameo jewelery then get hold of any of the editions of Cameos: Old and New by Anna M Miller.

10. Victorian Jewelery by Margaret Flowers (No ISBN)

Not a guide on classic however vintage jewelery that’s now out of print however nonetheless out there in a number of editions. First printed in 1951 however properly value studying. Insight into the Victorian influences and seen in revival items. Birmingham's position in mass produced jewelery. This guide is usually sited in later books as being influential. Has the Victorian interval in Three components and every part has the most used motifs of that interval. Did make me chuckle at the sheer snobbish perspective of the writer at occasions however properly value studying. Few images and largely in black and white that aren’t that clear.

11. Scottish Jewelery: A Victorian Passion by Diana Scarisbrick

Scottish jewelery is discovered in abundance in the UK. From the mid nineteenth century with the rise in reputation, had factories in Scotland and England churning out designs and items in the 1000’s. This continued into the late twentieth century largely in Birmingham. This guide is an efficient introduction. Not as in depth as may have been and don’t anticipate data on classic Scottish memento jewelery from Miracle, The Ward Brothers, Exquisite or Hollywood. Pages of images of agate and silver brooches and bracelets. But difficult by the picture information at the finish of the guide. A great starter guide to acknowledge Scottish motifs.

12. Warman's Jewelry: Fine & Costume Jewelry 4Th Edition by Kathy Flood (ISBN 1-4402-0801-8)

This is the 4Th version of the Warman's Jewelry Identification and Price Guide. So Three different books to acquire and skim. In this version two centuries are coated with pearls, figural, cameos, Art Nouveau, Art Deco and plastic. The distinction between Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian jewelery. Again web page after web page of jewelery images. Good mixture of recent vintage, classic and trendy jewelery. A mixture of world extensive designs hat I discovered relevant to the UK. US guide with $ value information (2010)

This is only a transient reference of basic books for classic jewelery that may change as extra books come onto the market or I uncover out of print books. Then there are extra particular books on Bengal, Avon, Sarah Coventry, Egyptian Revival jewelery, Haskell, D & E, Wilson & Butler and so many extra to learn

Even with this quantity of knowledge I nonetheless really feel that I’ve simply skimmed the floor. As stated beforehand there’s a ignorance on jewelry from Ciro Pearls, Sphinx, Exquisite, Miracle, Hollywood, Thomas Le Mott and lots of different corporations that mass produced jewelry in this nation in the twentieth century, which is now very collectible world extensive.

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