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Must-Have Jewelry Books

Most book shelves are filled with boring books, with dull subjects and are visually unappealing. If your book collection makes you dread reading and instantly fall asleep, then these will surely entice you! Filled with interesting information about all things sparkly, with vibrant pictures, leaving you wanting to read on. Any jewelry lover would enjoy each and every one of these books.


Jewels in the Lourve
by: Adrien Goetz, Claudette Joannis
Price: $14.96


Rings: Jewelry of Power, Love, and Loyalty

by: Diana Scarisbrick

Price: $31.50



Jewels of the Tsars: The Romanovs and Imperial Russia
by: Prince Michael of Greece
Price: $34.65



Jewels: A Secret History
by: Victoria Finlay
Price: $10.88



Bejeweled: Great Designers, Celebrity Style
by: Penny Proddow, Marion Fasel
Price: $40


by: Hans Nadelhoffer
Price: $47.25

Beautiful, Wonderful, Perfect Pendants

Just some amazing pendants, that are delicate and gorgeous!  All unique in their own way--different styles, different materials, and from different periods of time.  One thing is for sure, they are all vintage and would look great on.  Read on for the details...


The white enameling is so unique on this pendant, you don't see that too often. The green stones are peridots. You can find this piece from Craig Evan Small Estate Jewelry.


This pendant is delicate, intricate--just plain beautiful! It is comprised of moonstones, sapphires and diamonds. What is interesting about this piece is that it was created during a transitional time between two different artistic movements. This has allowed two different styles to be combined into this one pendant. The price is $5400, from Glorius Antique Jewelry, featured at 1stDibs.


This gold and crystal heart pendant belongs to the genre known as regard jewelry, which always includes the use of the stones ruby, emerald, garnet, amethyst, and diamond. The first letter of each of the gems is an acrostic that spells regard. Interesting, right? Circa 1890, featured at 1stdibs, priced at $1800.


Wow, all set in platinum this pendant is so pretty. It is done in blue and white enamel, from Craig Evan Small Estate Jewelry.

How to Decipher Gold Markings


Those of you who are interested in treasure hunting on your own might need to know what the gold hallmark stamps mean.  It may be confusing at first, but this quick guide will help you out.  The first essential you need to invest in is a jeweler's loupe--a 30 x 21 mm is what I use.  This will allow you to get an up-and-close look at the stones (to look for any chips or at the clarity) and the prongs (hopefully they are not worn).  Next, check out the hallmark.  The guide below will help you decipher what that stamp means:

  • 375   =   9k

  • 417   =   10k

  • 583   =   14k 

  • 585   =   14k

  • 750   =   18k

  • 834   =   20k

  • 875   =   21k

  • 917   =   22k

The 3-digit number hallmark is stamped on a piece of jewelry of European origin.  Above are the North American equivalents.  Some hallmarks that indicate that gold is not real, not pure are: 10kGF (meaning gold filled), 18k HGP or 18k HGE (meaning heavy gold plate/electroplate).


Above are some of the regional markings for several European nations.

Still need answers? This book has EVERYTHING you need to know!
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