- Series: Warman's
- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Krause Publications; 3 edition (December 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0873493281
- ISBN-13: 978-0873493284
- Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.3 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #843,681 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Warman's Jewelry (3rd Edition) Paperback – December, 2002
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<i>This review refers to the June, 1998 edition of this title.</i>
The 272-page book is full of hundreds of clear, beautiful full color photos of jewelry. Each photo is accompanied by essential information on each piece depicted. The items shown represent a huge price span; in this book you'll see a $336,000.00 gem-encrusted platinum bracelet, a $10.00 brooch shaped like a poodle, and lots in between. Many types of jewelry are pictured: necklaces, cufflinks, earrings, lockets, scarf pins, etc. Included are pieces representing a broad variety of artistic approaches: whimsical, elegant, gaudy, graceful, fierce, futuristic.
Also fascinating is the broad range of materials covered: diamonds, emeralds, opals, turquoise, gold, coral, agate, wood, rhinestones, plastic, brass, porcelain, etc. The photography is accompanied by an interesting, well-written text. Jewelry production is placed in historical and cultural context. There are also special sections devoted to jewelry of particular cultures (Native American, Mexican, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, and Finnish). Interesting trends such as Victorian-era black jewelry and "eye miniatures" are also highlighted. Overall, this is an endlessly interesting and stunningly beautiful reference work.
Romero divides the material according to time period and, when appropriate, according to style and material and country of origin. She gives concise summaries of the essentials of each and links jewelry fashions to world events and clothing styles. Sometimes her discussions are a little too concise for this curious reader ( to be fair, the book is a guide, not an in-depth treatment), but she provides a full bibliography at the end for those who want to dig deeper. There's also a glossary of jewelry-related terminology and a section on marks.
According to the introduction, this edition reflects the increasing globalization of the marketplace and the influence of internet buying. Romero has expanded coverage of Scandinavian jewelry and added discussions of Neo-Renaissance and Beaux-Arts jewelry. Every illustration is in color, and the captions are fully detailed. Several reviewers of earlier editions mentioned that there were problems with the index. These problems seem to have been corrected in this edition.
Any problems I have with this book are mostly quibbles. The author makes a point of linking changes in jewelry fashions to changes in clothing and in social conditions. I wish that she had put in a few period illustrations showing the fashions and the jewelry worn with them. This is probably a little out of the reach of an identification and value guide, but it would have been a nice touch. Nonetheless, this is a wonderful resource for jewelry collectors and, in fact for anyone who thinks they might like to become one.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book has beautiful pictures and is very nice for fine jewelry. While its beautiful, it says fine and costume jewelry, and the costume jewelry section is tiny. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Nikki F.
Will be helpful when I get a little more experience in looking at old jewelry.Published 9 months ago by Geesreview
For me, this works as a fairly easy to use reference guide into the vast unknown chasm that is "jewelry". Now this will not alleviate confusion, Lord no! Read morePublished 11 months ago by Robert O. Baerenwald