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Warman's Costume Jewelry Figurals: Identification and Price Guide Paperback – September 26, 2007


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Join me in the hunt for the most fascinating figurals in the wide world of costume jewelry.

About the Author

Kathy Flood's first figural pin as a little girl was a ballerina, and her first as an adult, which launched her career in jewelry, was a Christmas tree pin. She is a long-time magazine writer and editor with a master's degree in journalism from Mizzou. Her work has appeared in magazines and newspapers around the world; she's the author of five books, with the sixth coming in 2011.
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Product Details

  • Series: Warman's
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Krause Publications (September 26, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0896895629
  • ISBN-13: 978-0896895621
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,134,340 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Kathy Flood, with a master's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia, is an author, appraiser and licensed auctioneer; author of THINGS (You can't take them with you but they're fun while you're here), a compilation of readers' favorite newspaper columns; Costume Jewelry Figurals; Warman's Jewelry 4th edition; Jewelry Field Guide 2nd edition; the Face Book of Vintage Visages (figural brooches); and two books covering holiday pins, her gateway into the jewelry world after seeing 18 works of art in Vogue magazine. (Contact her at christmastreepins.com if you want to talk trees.) Says Flood, "I just finished the signed-Christmas tree pins book and you don't have to love holiday arbors to need the book. It has page after page of information about the companies and designers who made them. If you collect autographed books, lmk and I'll sign mine for you."

Here are UNSOLICITED early reviews from real people on the latest holiday jewelry book:

"There are SO many things I love about the book! Just for starters:
Love group photo of signatures. Showing copycats next to originals. Surprised to see so many trees I not only don't have but that I have never SEEN!! Exciting!! Descriptions of designers and companies are the best I've seen in ANY jewelry book ... This is by far the best Christmas tree pin book EVER DONE."

"The new book is just wonderful! I am loving, loving, loving it! So full of information and beautiful pictures. Thank you!"

"I am enjoying the book so much. I like to read everything, so it will take me a while to get through it, and that's a good thing... It is a wonderful book, as always ... There are so many companies I haven't even heard of, it's such fun to get an education. Fun, fun, fun!"

"The book is terrific. Still plowing through it. I love it."

"I rec'd book yesterday late afternoon and was bleary eyed this a.m. from reading. I picked chapters at random, so didn't read cover to cover yet. Think it's ALL GREAT!!!"

"Just a short note to let you know the 2 books arrived today in perfect condition. I haven't been able to put it down . .. It's gorgeous!!!! All in all, it is a masterpiece. The research is fantastic - it must have been exhausting. Of course, my favorite section is at the end of the book in the Swarovski section!"

The book covers big names such as Eisenberg, Swarovski, Weiss, Hollycraft, Judith Jack, Trifari, Napier, Lianna, Stuart Freeman, Art, St. John, Mylu, Danecraft, Tancer-II, Torino, Andree Bazot, Katerina Musetti, Bellini, and many others.

Next up? Elzac!

Customer Reviews

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Highly recommend this book for novice and advance collectors!
Deborah J. Reece
The book is delightful and very informative as well as very colorful and easy to read.
S. Wells
Kathy Flood has created a reference book that you will want to take to bed with you.
Carolyn R. Pritchett

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Ann M. Pitman VINE VOICE on November 7, 2007
Format: Paperback
I knew this book would be good because the author is so knowledgeable about the stories behind the companies and designers. Her photos are great, with a large size that are perfect for checking out the detail in the jewelry. I have been a collector for over 20 years and yet I had never seen most of the pins in this book. The information and the jewelry are "fresh" and I really love this book. I can't recommend it highly enough, make sure you add it to your collection.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jewelry Buff on October 22, 2008
Format: Paperback
When I saw the picture on the cover of the Sterling Cleopatra brooch I knew this book was something special, I ordered it from Amazon and I was not disappointed. Well thought out, RESEARCHED information on jewelry pieces and companies,based on fact not author opinion, unusual brooches that wanted me to email the author and ask her where she shopped and did she need someone to hold her bags! Best of all? No cruddy 1990's yard sale items with over-inflated values.
This book truly was a breath of fresh air when it comes to the subject of costume jewelry, informative, to the point, and realistic! Kudos!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By C. M. Dembowski on November 5, 2007
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This book is a very pleasant surprise. Not only does it deliver what it promises, it's also a great read!!! I bought it primarily to help me price and insure my Christmas tree collection; but this book offered so much more. First of all, it's funny! Kathy Flood has an irreverant wit that leaves you wanting more. Second, it's very informative. Her data is well researched, with references right on the money. I even enjoyed reading about figurals I don't even collect! Kudos and thanks to Warman Publishers for finding a writer who can even make plastic earrings sound absolutely fascinating! C.M. Dembowski
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Deborah J. Reece on October 30, 2007
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Kathy Flood has produced a fantastic figural book. Large clear photos and the information provided in each chapter is very informative, along with the information from her interviews with key industry figures. Highly recommend this book for novice and advance collectors! Thanks so much, Kathy!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Carol E. Stolworthy on September 4, 2008
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Warman's Costume Jewelry Figurals: Identification and Price Guide (Warman's) (Paperback)

I have dealt with Kathy for quite some time and have found her to be extremely knowledgeable about anything regarding pins. She and I converse quite frequently about Christmas tree pins and I have found her to be a true authority on all things "pin". This book is an example of her knowledge and expertise. I highly recommend it to anyone from novice to avid collector. The photography adds to its appeal. Take my word for it this is a great book. Carol Stolworthy
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lori Kizer on August 23, 2008
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As a long time collector of costume jewelry, figurals among my favorites, I have many guide books and was thoroughly pleased to find when I finally sat down to really read this book how well researched the material was and what a gifted writer Kathy is.
The price ranges are realistic and the variety of figurals featured as well as Kathy's obvious love of her subject will surely prime you to start "the hunt" as soon as possible.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By S. Wells on September 9, 2008
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Kathy Flood has a history of collecting figural pins and extensive knowledge of them. The book is delightful and very informative as well as very colorful and easy to read. There are so many items in this book that are rare and unusual, you will enjoy reading it. A must have, for a true collector or even a novice wanting to learn about the subject.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Judith Lynn on November 12, 2007
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As a novice collector I really enjoyed this very well written and informative new book. The outstanding colored photographs are large enough to show details in the wonderful selection of jewelry represented.

And now the hunt begins with this book as my invaluable guide.

IT'S A WINNER *****
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