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Coro Jewelry: A Collector's Guide, Identification & Values Hardcover – Illustrated, October 15, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-1574324129 ISBN-10: 1574324128 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Collector Books; 1st edition (October 15, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1574324128
  • ISBN-13: 978-1574324129
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 8.6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,484,565 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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Coro Jewelry is an interesting book to read. It covers in detail the history of the company, while at the same time describing what was happening in the costume jewelry business as a whole during the time period. The role of the traveling salesmen, marketing techniques, designing procedures, and brief biographies all give the reader a better understanding of what was involved in producing this jewelry so popular with collectors today.

About the Author

Marcia Brown published her first book, Unsigned Beauties of Costume Jewelry, in 2000. She is the host and co-writer of the award-winning Venture Entertainment books-on-tape series Hidden Treasures: A Collector's Guide to Antique & Vintage Jewelry. She is a frequent contributor to the Vintage Fashion & Costume Jewelry newsletter. An antique and vintage jewelry historian, lecturer, and collector, Brown also provides private consultations for many dealers, mall owners, and collectors.

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Customer Reviews

Very helpful book to identify the Coro jewelry.
Sophia
The colors are washed out, there are far too numerous blurry images and most importantly, the jewelry just does not show well.
Java Jewels
Bottom line is if I had looked at the book I wouldn't have bought it.
Terry Anderson

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

60 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Java Jewels on January 16, 2005
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If you're more interested in the company's history than the jewelry they produced, then you will not be disappointed in this book. However, if you're wanting to see the best of Coro and find a way to determine the value of a Coro piece (or what you should pay for it), this book fails to satisfy that criteria.

First of all, the book is poorly assembled. Corocraft ends up near the back of the book after Francois and Vendome. The selection is poor; 9 pages of $10 - $20 earrings, 40 pgs. of Vendome and only 13 pages of Corocraft and Coro Sterling each. The key Collectible Coro pieces are hard to find in this book and when you find them, the photos are poor, the prices not consistent with the marketplace (some high some low) and some of the best aren't in the book (yet easily found on the internet). You never know which section of Coro you are viewing as every page in the book has the same header. The descriptions don't define which designer produced which piece and with Coro, the designer affects the value.

Ms. Brown needs a lesson in photography or someone should buy her a new camera. The colors are washed out, there are far too numerous blurry images and most importantly, the jewelry just does not show well.

As the other reviewer said....take a pass on this one
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Filomene66 on February 12, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Hope to see the best, the most interesting, the most curious of CORO ? avoid this book ! poor choice, bad pictures, ridiculous pink background .... big disappointment !!! and when you know that CORO did so gorgeous jewelry !!! ......
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Terry Anderson on August 19, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I buy and sell vintage jewelry mostly on e-Bay at Kaospf. I know how much Coro jewelry is out there so I was very disappointed that this book only has 3 pictures per page. I like to have as many books as I can afford so I can learn and price my pieces corectly.The pictures are scattered and they have a value for that piece but nothing in depth to take up the whole page. They should have loaded up the pages with the pictures of the more comon pieces available on the market.The pictures in the book are more high ticket items.It is nice to see items you don't see often so don't get me wrong. This is why I was not thrilled with the book,too much wasted space and lack of history on the pages. There is history at the front of the book,but it should be on the pages or the area your looking at.Bottom line is if I had looked at the book I wouldn't have bought it.I hope the next book will be better.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Atkins on September 3, 2013
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While I do love the photos in yet another of Sparkles' books, there is still a lack of information. There are NO Dates or date ranges of production or issuance on the pieces. Also, there is a Severe lack of the Coro plastics! Only 2 sets of thermoset, lucite, etc. Plastics were a great part of Coro's lines. Sparkles likes her Rhinestones and that is mostly what is featured in this book. I did like the inclusion of the Coro ads and the history. The figurals were many of the same ones from her other books!
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By L. Wisby on November 15, 2013
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Very informational book on Coro jewelry. I am educating myself on jewelry since I buy & sell it in my antique shop. Buying used books in good shape helps save me money. Thanks!
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By Sophia on January 30, 2012
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Very helpful book to identify the Coro jewelry. Description of the history. Thumbnail Biographies of the designers.
Trade names, Logos the company used, advertisements and a lot of good photos of the jewelry. Happy I bought it.
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