Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Jewelcollect Bookstore: Designer, Marks

20th Century Costume Jewelry: 1900 - 1980 Identification & Value Guide
An excellent value guide for beginners by Ronna Lee Aikins.

American Jewelry Manufacturers
For the serious marks researcher of all types of jewelry from precious to costume, this book is the definite answer. Ms. Rainwater has collected American manufacturer names, included sketches of their marks and covered just about 99% of them from ancient to modern times from A to Z. Both precious and costume jewelry marks. Hardcover.

Avon Collectible Fashion Jewelry and Awards: Collectible Fashion Jewelry and Awards
Avon products include a long line of fashion jewelry, many early styles are rare and collectible. Look them up here and find out what you have. Published in 1998. Authors Monica Lynn Clements and Patricia Rosser are Members of Jewelcollect. Paperback.

CHANEL: A Woman of Her Own
A small volume but it has the gist of the wonder of Chanel. Several other Chanel biographies debunked. Paperback.

Chanel: Her Style & Her Life
A wonderful history book of the one and only Coco Chanel, with lots of vivid pictures of her fashions, including jewelry. Hardcover.

Chanel (The Universe of Fashion)
Mostly fashions covered in this tiny volume where the jacket notes are more interesting than the chapters. This bargain version of 80 pages runs through Mademoiselle Chanel's life and work in fast-forward from her early days, with some pictures of her loves. It proceeds through present day House of Chanel and Karl Lagerfeld, with ads and images. Published in 1996. Hardcover.

Coro Jewelry: A Collector's Guide--Identification & Values by Marcia Brown
Marcia Brown, author of Unsigned Beauties of Costume Jewelry, has done it again. A long-awaited guide on Coro Jewelry is now available, with values applicable to current markets. Reasonably priced, no collector of Coro should be without it.

Elsa Schiaparelli (Universe of Fashion)
The irrepressible creator of Shocking Pink, Elsa Schiaparelli battled with Coco Chanel for fashion prominence in pre-WW II Europe. When Coco's star faded, Elsa's shone until after the war then roles became reversed. Hardcover.

European Designer Jewelry 
The title says what it is but cannot begin to explain this in-depth momentous work which took years to complete. From one end of Europe to the other, Ms. Moro explains the jewelry and its evolution in 60 countries with tidbits about the designers, their lives and work. All accompanied by color photos on just about every page, some from hard-to-obtain archive finds. If European jewelry is your first love you cannot do without this book. Author Ginger Moro is a Member of Jewelcollect. Big big hardcover.

Jewelry by Joan Rivers
Joan Rivers puts together jewelry looks for today, and any day. Her imaginative and versatile high fashion designs have met with approval from both collectors of modern jewelry and vintage. This is her story, published in 1995. Hardcover.

Jewelry of the Stars: Creations from Joseff of Hollywood
The very personal history of the man behind the famous jewelry, Eugene Joseff, with many photographs of movie stars. This book explains why his jewelry is sought after today, for good reason. Highly recommended. Hardcover.

The Jewels of Jean Schlumberger
Published in May 2001. This is the designer of precious jewels whom the costume jewelers imitated in the 1940s, and whose style is still influential in costume jewelry today. From a published review, ... Worn by Greta Garbo, Liz Taylor and Jackie Onassis, Jean Schlumberger's jewels have been called the 20th century's most glamorous. Enamel insect hatpins, a sapphire flower in a real terra-cotta flowerpot, a crucifix in diamonds, amethysts and rubies beautifully photographed for The Jewels of Jean Schlumberger, the catalogue for an exhibition at the Musee des Arts Decoratifs in Paris. The book's release coincided with a touring exhibition sponsored by Tiffany & Co., where the artist worked from 1956 until his retirement in the late 1970s. Hardcover.

The Jewels of Lalique
A very comprehensive work on the famous Art Nouveau jeweler's works, with color photos and history. Ideal gift book. Hardcover.

The Jewels of Miriam Haskell 
By Deanna Farneti Cera. This is the first, oldest, book in which this elusive costume jewelry designer has been fully described. Lots of little known facts, pictures of rare advertisements, sketches. Not a value guide. Hardcover.

Kenneth Jay Lane: Faking It
KJL talks about himself, as told to Harrice Simons Miller, and admits to being the best faker of famous jewels, including those of David Webb, Jean Schlumberger, and perhaps particularly proud of having his designs copied in precious gems. Celebrity clients mentioned on every page, Princess Diana, the Duchess of Windsor, Barbara Busch, many others, with images. An entertaining book with glorious color and black and white photos of Kenneth Lane's jewelry from his early days through the 1980s. Co-author Harrice Simons is a Member of Jewelcollect. Hardcover.

Miriam Haskell Jewelry (Schiffer Book for Collectors):
Lovingly written by by Cathy Gordon, Sheila Pamfiloff, members of Jewelcollect, this excellent and beautiful book is a must for all collectors, especially those who cannot find enough up-to-date information on the elusive Miriam Haskell. Photos never seen before from private collections, value guide and seldom available tips on how to recognize Haskell jewelry makes it a book not to be missed. Get it before it goes out of print. Hardcover.

Paulding Farnham : Tiffany's Lost Genius
From a published review, .. Paulding Farnham (1859-1927), one of America's most talented jewelry designers, rose to fame at th end of the 19th century, winning many awards at the era's great world's fairs. This book is the first devoted to Farnham and his too-brief career, spent entirely at Tiffany & Co., where his dazzling, highly original jewels and silverware brought the firm and America worldwide recognition. Hardcover.

Sarah Coventry Jewelry: An Unauthorized Guide for Collectors
This newer book on Sarah Coventry recounts this illustrious mark's early history as one of the first to be sold exclusively at home parties and not in stores, from the 1950s through the 1980s. An emerging collectible mark, the limited production socalled hostess sets are especially prized. Value guide and lots of photographs. Authors Monica Lynn Clements and Patricia Rosser are Members of Jewelcollect. Paperback.

Theodor Fahrner Jewelry...Between Avant-Garde and Tradition: Art Nouveau Art Deco the 1950s
One of the most influential artists of the 20th century, his life's work is detailed in this comprehensive work. Serious researchers of the German influence on Art Nouveau and Art Deco should be pleased. Hardcover.

Tiffany & Co. (Universe of Design)
The story from the start of Louis Comfort Tiffany and other famous designers and artists, Jean Schlumberger, Elsa Peretti, and Paloma Picasso, who made the famous Tiffany store in New York what it was and still is. Hardcover.

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