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How to Be a Jewelry Detective: Elementary Clues to Solving the Mysteries of Jewelry (Antiques Detectives How to Series) Paperback


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Product Details

  • Series: Antiques Detectives How to Series
  • Paperback: 167 pages
  • Publisher: A.D. Publishing; 5th edition (January 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0970337809
  • ISBN-13: 978-0970337801
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,453 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"---A most informative book giving the basics to help any colector or dealer---" -- "Old Stuff " Feb./March 2001

This elementary handbook supplies the necessary knowledge and tools to uncover the mysteries of fine, costume, and Mexican jewelry. -- Naine Antique Digest, December ,2000

About the Author

With 30 years experience , C. Jeanenne Bell is well known throughout the country as an expert in all phases of the jewelry business. Her national television apperances include Pax TV's "Treasures in Your Home", "The FX Collectable Show" on the Fox Network, Nostalgia TV, and "The Antiques Roadshow". She travels extensively through the United States ,Great Britian, Europoe and Asia, collectig and researching antique jewelry and its history. Her books include " Answers to questions about Old Jewelry,1840-1950" now in its 5th Edition and "The Collectors Encyclopedia of Hairwork Jewelry".

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Very well done, easy to read and helpful.
John Swanson
This is an excellent method for teaching us how to identify materials, marks, and substances in old jewelry to discover their origin or value.
G. Gupton
I would highly recommend for those who are just beginning to collect.
Sharon S.

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Sharon S. on May 30, 2002
Format: Paperback
This is a great little handbook that's also fun to read. I would highly recommend for those who are just beginning to collect. Or maybe you just inherited some of Aunt Mildred or Uncle Bob's "junk" jewelry. You'll be surprised at what's valuable and what's not. I found that this book was a very interesting read as well as being a pretty good resource. Plus (and I think this is a big one) it's small enough to take with you when you're looking so you don't HAVE to memorize all those trademarks!!
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Sentimental Journey on June 23, 2005
Format: Paperback
I found this book to be invaluable as both a collector and jewelry dealer on Trocadero. I write my jewelry descriptions every day with this book sitting at my side. A very good idea to carry it with you while going shopping for your treasures. If you are a beginner putting a collection together, it is a must have.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By John Swanson on March 5, 2002
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This book has the Marks, the secrets and the knowhow to identify jewelry of all sorts, its makup and its origin. Very well done, easy to read and helpful. A must add to your collection.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By G. Gupton on February 27, 2005
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As a vintage jewelry dealer at Atlanta Vintage Jewelry dot com and one who is always in need of information to further advance my knowledge, this little book by Jeaneanne Bell fits the bill nicely.

The tests she gives the reader are invaluable. Not just 'how' to test, but she actually 'tests' the reader to see how we're absorbing and retaining the information in the book. If you don't know the answers to her questions, you can always go back and review. This is an excellent method for teaching us how to identify materials, marks, and substances in old jewelry to discover their origin or value.

This little book has big rewards.

Gail Gupton, Author: The 31-Day Diet of Spiritual Enlightenment and Seekers of Truth.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By JEWELHOUND on January 9, 2005
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One of the best books on how to identify marks and materials. How to test for gold content and what testing equipment is needed. The book also gives pointers on construction so as to identify the era that the item was made. I have learned and enjoyed the information in this book.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Jessica Bowers on January 11, 2005
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This is by far the best antique jewelry identification book I have purchased. It covers every aspect including makers marks, different forms of testing, pictures to help explain her points, ect. I was very happy with this purchase and highly recommend it!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By SerenitySue on August 30, 2004
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For both rookie costume jewelry collectors and folks needing an informed companion on jewelry hunts. Helps you determine when items were made, how to tell what jewelry is made of using the senses of touch and smell, reminds us to take time and look at items before we rush to buy something which may not be a good investment. I wish I'd had this reference book during my first collecting year....would have saved me some money!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Francis Krikorian on September 12, 2005
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This book has most of the basic information that you need in order to identify metals and stones as well as other valuable information. Written in clear,easy to understand language. This is one that you need to read over and over again . It has already paid for itself.
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