Combining logic with step-by-step proven techniques, his book provides clues for separating fine jewelry from costume jewelry, precious metals from non-precious metals, the collectible from the not so collectible, and the "jewels from the junk." These new detective skills help make collecting jewelry not only fun, but also profitable. It includes ...Read MoreCombining logic with step-by-step proven techniques, his book provides clues for separating fine jewelry from costume jewelry, precious metals from non-precious metals, the collectible from the not so collectible, and the "jewels from the junk." These new detective skills help make collecting jewelry not only fun, but also profitable. It includes more than 300 illustrations and 160 photos, 32 pages of color and a comprehensive list of designers and their marks.Read Less
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New. Jeanenne Bell-One of America's leading authorities on antique jewelry, will help you discover: How to find clues that tell you if a piece is costume jewelry with rhinestones, or fine jewelry set with gemstones. How the "cut" of a stone can help you tell how old it is. What the marks and numbers inside a ring or on a brooch or pendant mean. What the terms gold, gold filled, gold plated, silver, silver-plated, and white metal tell about a piece. How the back of a piece can help determine its age. How to separate plastic from other plastic-looking materials such as amber and tortoise shell. Easy tests to determine if your black beads, bracelets, brooches, or lockets are jet, bakelite, gutta percha, vulcanite, onyx, or glass. How easy it is to use your basic tools-your eyes, ears, mouth, nose, and hands-to help solve the mysteries of a piece.
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This book was recommended by experienced collectors. If you're a neophyte collector, you must start with this book. Reliable information on how to tell real pearls from fake, what tools are needed to examine jewelry and where to purchase the tools without breaking your wallet. The author reveals quick methods of identifying jewels, metals and plastics in a yard sale pile. It's hard to find this book, when you see it, grab it. You'll refer to it religiously during your first few years of collecting jewelry.
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