- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.; First Edition edition (June 28, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0764333003
- ISBN-13: 978-0764333002
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8.5 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,327,980 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Estate Jewelry, 1760-1960 Hardcover – June 28, 2009
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Top Customer Reviews
The book is Estate Jewelry 1760-1960 by Diana Sanders Cinamon, who
is a JCer too. I haven't ordered many books lately....I have a ton
of them, and most of the new books are just reiterations of books
that I already have. And a lot of the new books are just eye candy,
but not much information.
This book has it all!!! Congratulations to you Diana, I think this
book is outstanding, and I hope you sell a million of them.
The book is one that is perfect if you are new at this costume
jewelry thing. It is also perfect for me....I have been doing this
for more than 10 years, and I do know something about it... but this
book is going to be really helpful to me. All the information is
right there in this book. The historical periods, gem
identification, styles information, materials information, Findings,
marks, and much more. The book is packed with great photos.
The photos are clear, detailed and they have good descriptions, and
there are tons of photos with values on them. I love it that the
photos are large, all in color, and have good descriptions with
them. There are photos of jewelry in the book that I have never seen
in a book before, and I did mention that I have a ton of books?
PS, I did find a photo of a Balle Norway set on page 203in this book that Ihave for sale on Ebay at this very moment! And I looked all over the
place in my books to get an idea of what to charge for my set. Turns
out my price is about 200.00 less than the one in this book. I know,
I know.....prices in books are just to give you an idea.....they are
not written in stone. :)
OK, I'm off to look at this book again....it's one that you have to
page through again and again to get it all.
Back in March, I went to an on-line book seller, and in their search box typed "estate jewelry" which returned about a dozen and a half hits. I saw on the list a book we already have by Jeanenne Bell, and I spotted another by author Diana Sanders Cimamon, that I also have on another topic, the book listed was published by Schiffer, of which we have four of their previous works. The quality of the four Schiffer books we own and familiarity with the author's previous work convinced me to make the purchase without the benefit of any reviews (none posted at that time).
Now to the critique, the book (a price guide) is very well constructed with 575+ (my wife counted) high quality color photographs, and numerous other illustrations. The writing is clear and concise, while being informative. The chapters and sections progress in a logical manner. The Table of contents and index are complete and correct. Each page stands on its own and is visually balanced with the page opposite. The cover graphics, layout and design are well executed. The pieces shown are all within a reasonable (purchasable) price range.
As for the esthetic, I would like to borrow some comments from Jill Burgum in the "Summer/Fall 2009 Heritage Magazine" article on "Vintage Jewelry" where she says "So why the interest or why should you purchase or care about vintage jewelry? Vintage jewelry, as with contemporary jewelry, is largely an emotional purchase. You have to ask: Does it make me feel good?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have dozens of books on costume and estate jewelry and I rate this as one of the best. Beautiful and detailed photographs and sketches (colored and black & white). Read morePublished on February 24, 2014 by Tonick
The book itself is exactly what I wanted but as it was a present for someone I was disappointed that there was a tear in the cover and one corner had been damaged.Published on January 2, 2014 by WENDY REEVE
Like reading about Estate Jewelry. This book has great pictures and well explained details of pieces featured. This is more than I expected about Estate Jewelry.Published on November 5, 2013 by Sue Dankbar
More info than I will ever use! But I love the book and it was well worth $$$. I've bought vintage antique jewelry for several years without this type guide- lost loads of $$$$... Read morePublished on August 22, 2013 by MtnBrookie