Collecting costume jewelry 101 The basics of starting, building & upgrading : identification and value guide

Julia C. Carroll

Book - 2004

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2nd Floor 739.27/Carroll Checked In
Paducah, Ky. : Collector Books c2004.
Physical Description
304 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 28 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Main Author
Julia C. Carroll (-)
Review by Publisher Summary 1

A former computer science teacher, Carroll has been collecting costume jewelry for 12-plus years. She applies some of the concepts she learned from teaching to create an easy-to-follow guide for beginning collectors, including information on when to buy, tips on mistakes to avoid, four recommended designers, how to upgrade a collection, repairing and cleaning, and cataloguing, storing and insuring a collection. The text includes a 180-page, full-color, alphabetical listing of 120-plus designers, including a summary of information chart for each designer. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Review by Publisher Summary 2

This book provides beginning collectors with friendly one-on-one advice on how to begin a collection and how to recognize good quality costume jewelry. Background information for almost 130 different manufacturers, including the author's recommendations on which pieces from each designer are the most collectible, are provided. Over 750 color photographs of costume jewelry that is within the means of most collectors are featured. There are also tips on how to upgrade a collection by selling to dealers, selling on eBay, and trading with friends; tips on how to catalog a collection using a spread sheet or a notebook; and tips on repairing, storing, and cleaning jewelry. A glossary of jewelry terms and an index of patent and design numbers round out the book. 2006 values.