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Estate Jewelry, 1760-1960 Hardcover – June 28, 2009

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Product Details

  • 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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By Judy Miller on July 10, 2009
Format: Hardcover
All I can say is "WOW". Well, that's not all I can say.

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.
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Format: Hardcover
We all know what they say about "opinions", and I stress that you take my opinion and any others with a grain of salt. I originally set out to buy my wife a book on Estate Jewelry, as she collects and also designs her own modern pieces. I thought it would make a good reference for her.

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?
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I was disappointed by this book. The title "Estate jewelry 1760-1960" led me to believe that this would be a survey of the history of fine jewelry, hopefully with pictures of interesting pieces that have not appeared in print before. I expected no new historical or hallmark info and that is the case. However, the pieces chosen to illustrate this book are extremely common and mostly costume or gold plate. The sort of items you could see at any low level antique show or better flea market. As a professional in the Estate jewelry market, I would not recommend this book as primer unless you wish to learn about the most available average material in the market place. The historical information is correct but very basic. There are many other books in print that cover this subject in a more complete and informative way.
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This book is one of the absolute BEST jewelry reference guides that I've found to date! As a Certified Personal Property Appraiser, I find that having good books in my reference library and more importantly, UPDATED and RECENT books are a must! I enjoy the fact that the written portion and explanations are in the front followed by detailed photos, descriptions and values towards the end of the book. Every page is filled with useful information and not just FILLERS! Very easy to follow and worth EVERY SINGLE PENNY!!!!
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Just received this book last night. Estate jewelry is such a vast topic. This book could have been good or really bad...but it ROCKS! I am a jewelry dealer and have a library of reference books. This book has so much to offer. The author touched on so many different categories within the umbrella of "Estate Jewelry". In one night I learned three things that I did not know. She has photos of items that I have never seen before in a book. The correlation between clothing and jewelry styles throughout the years is presented in a very comprehensive manner. Photography is great. I very much appreciate how construction techniques and the evolution of style is presented in this book. A must have for the library of collectors and dealers. I can't wait to read it again tonight!
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