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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Schiffer Publishing (September 28, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764330616
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764330612
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 8.8 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,038,728 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

Good book to identify those tempting purchases on ebay.
S. J. Northrip
I would love, love, love to see an update with all of the subsequent pieces added.
IvyJessaNana
Well-organized classification and the photos are good and detailed.
Sophia

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Richard on December 6, 2008
Format: Hardcover
It's a very comprehensive book - perhaps too much so. It covers a very broad spectrum but by virtue of covering such a time span there is not as much info and detailed photographs as we would have liked. We are ardent Avon Jewelry collectors - we own every piece made throughout the seventies, most of the eighties and all of the designer jewelry from the nineties. We know a little about Avon Jewelry. Justifiably, we think it might have been better presented in separate books according to the different eras.

All in all, the author did a very good job of describing the pieces and was very accurate in her descriptions. It's obvious she spent many hours and extreme effort in assembling this book. Well done on her part. The photography is a completely different matter. We found the photos to be poorly done with some rare exceptions. We know the difficulty in photographing jewelry. We have taken as many as 10 pictures of a single piece - often having to wait until the next day to catch the natural lighting just right. It is a challenge at best. Even the book cover has major problems - the Summer Berries necklaces in the bottom right corner are not only fuzzy but the colors are oh-so-wrong. The Blueberries Collection appear to be a dark royal blue and The Raspberries Collection appear a dirty rust color. I'm afraid it does not get much better inside the covers. You could easily have a piece featured in the book and not recognize it from the photograph.

We would have like to see some more of the original packaging - some of it was quite the artwork in itself and complement specific collections beautifully. All in all - a very good job by the author but the photography leaves us disappointed. Would we buy again? Yes, it's a good reference until something better comes along. Will it be on our center table for friends to peruse? No, I'm afraid it will be back on the shelves somewhere collecting dust for the most part.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rhonda Swisher on September 28, 2009
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I could tell that the author did exhaustive research on this book. Although, it does not include ALL of Avon's fabulous creations, the attempt to offer a complete collection is obvious. This book is also helpful in identifying and pricing collection pieces that have no box. Sandra offers the proper names of each item and realistic pricing guidelines for the vintage Avon seller/collector. I find that this is my most used Avon resource. Thank you, Sandra, for your effort and for sharing your accumulated knowledge! Rhonda ~ My Grandma's Jewel Chest
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. J. Northrip VINE VOICE on August 24, 2011
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This book brings back a lot of good memories. I was an Avon Rep for many years, and can recall various pieces that are shown. Special were the awards pens and several of the lines we always enjoyed buying, selling, and usuing. The pictures are excellent and the descriptions are both inforemative and accurate. Good book to identify those tempting purchases on ebay.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jools on February 19, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I waited a long time for this book to be published. When I finally received it I was very disappointed with the quality of the photographs. For a book in this price range, there is no excuse for out of focus, fuzzy pictures.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By IvyJessaNana on October 16, 2012
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I think this is a wonderful book and helps a lot when trying to identify names of vintage pieces. I only wish it had been complete. I am not sure how many pieces are missing. I would love, love, love to see an update with all of the subsequent pieces added. Thanks for all of your hard work and cannot wait for your book on Sarah Coventry.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sophia on March 5, 2012
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This is a very informative book about Avon jewelry.
It starts with information about the designers jewelry of Avon. Than a capture about sets.
And the next chapters are about Necklaces, Bracelets, Pins, Rings and Earrings.
Well-organized classification and the photos are good and detailed.
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