You are hungry for knowledge and desire to learn more about the old costume jewellery that you have. Which book should you purchase If you're in the UK? There are a myriad of references to pick from and many of them have been created by authors from the US by authors with their collection in the US. What are the implications for people in the UK? Here's a quick overview of twelve books to provide an overall view of the knowledge available that spans from Victorian up to in the 80s and on. In actual fact, there are more 12 books in this list, as some authors have published more than one book that's useful. This guide will cover general non-signed items as well as some signed pieces of jewellery. However , there aren't any particular books ever written for the majority of the mass-produced signed costume jewellery made by UK companies or made for the UK market, apart from Wilson and Butler. 1. Costume Jewellery: A Collectors Guide by Caroline Behr (Miller's) (ISBN 1-84000-373-1) An excellent place to begin with a broad overview and time line of Victorian, Art Deco, Arts and Crafts, 1950s, Czech, Austrian and certain designers. Easy to read , and has decent photographs. The size of the bag is perfect to read on the train 2. Retro Costume Jewellery: A Love of fabulous Fakes written by Carol Tanenbaum (ISBN 1-85149-511-8) A must to purchase and has the time line with expanded details. It includes Art Nouveau, Birmingham silver machine, an introduction to Bakelite and plastic , as well as the glossary. Many good photos, however no backs (a must for identification but not always included on any other book) 3. Tips for Collecting Jewelry and how to get more at a lower cost! by Leigh Leshner (ISBN 0-89689-180-1) Another time line and over view through history however, it is a treasure because it reveals the backs and mechanism or discoveries that are crucial to making a distinction between jewellery and its date. The book examines style and materials with specific photographs. Art plastic, prom jewellery, retro, manufacturing methods, Scandinavian, cameos. A brief but excellent visual guide. US book with price in dollars guidelines (2005). Another great guide to take on the train or bus and fits in your bag. 4. Jewels and Jewellery Clare Phillips (V & A) (ISBN 1-855177-535-4) or Jewellery: The Decorative Arts Library edited by Janet Swarbrick (ISBN 1-902328-13-2) I was unable to decide the one of these UK books was the most instructive. Therefore, I've included both Jewels and Jewellery contains materials, a chronology of Jewellery Jobs designs and production and distribution. Photos of pieces from the museum. This includes silver filigree Berlin Iron, pearls, glass and enamel. Faith jewellery Cut steel, mourning and love jewellery not just jet or bog oak. Lalique, Ashbee, Liberty Cymric, Wilson, Gaskins and a chronology from the pre Victorian to the year 2000. Jewellery is a visual representation of the world's best jewellery making techniques. From the ancient world until 1989. A wealth of information and images and more specific reference to Jewellery from the UK. 5. Popular Jewelry of the '60s, '70s & '80s by Roseann Ettinger (ISBN 0-7643-2470-5) Three decades of jewellery illustrating the latest trends in fashion and politics that influenced the designs. US book with $ price guidelines (2006) The majority of vintage jewellery found is from this period and this makes the book invaluable to read. It is well illustrated and includes pieces that are recognized within the UK. It includes Mod jewellery, eastern influence, Pop Art, novelty and revival pieces, love beads, Art Metal, jade plastic, wood, and pave. The author has written other reference books on other decades which are well worth the money. 6. Collecting Art Plastic Jewelry by Leigh Leshner (ISBN 0-87349-954-9) Bakelite isn't often seen in jewelry in the same quantity and in such a variety as it is in the United States. It is useful to recognize and be aware of the diverse designs created using plastic and in combination with other materials. Celluloid, Lucite and thermoplastics, as well as laminated, reverse carved are more commonly seen within the UK and often ignored. This book will make you think about plastic accessories in a new way. It does not provide enough information on galalith. This is the original plastic material that is now most common across the UK. To find out more, check out books on Jakob Bengel. 7. Collecting Costume Jewelry 303: The other side, revealing costume jewelry from the back by Julia C Carroll. (ISBN 978-1-57432-626-0) This is the book that will teach you the essentials to know about vintage costume jewelry. The various parts, such as gemstones and cabochons which can help you date your jewelry and hardware clues that might be overlooked. Cameos and rhinestones. Signed jewellery and photographs of the signatures of art glass, pin backs and so many more. I read this book and always find something that I have not noticed before. One of my most valuable books when it comes to knowledge. It also contains a section about designers including Jonette Jewelry Co (JJ) which aren't always available in other books. US book with prices in $ guides (2010) Julia Carroll has produced other books including Costume Jewelry 101 and 202 in this serious. Both books are well useful for reference and also. 8. Baubles, Buttons and Beads: The Heritage of Bohemia by Sibelle Jargstorf (ISBN 0-88740-467-7) This is a further amazing book as we had an abundance of antique jewelry brought into the country from Bohemia prior to during the Second World War and then in smaller amounts following. Still available to find and purchase, however prices are increasing. The book contains sections on buttons, filigree, glass beads, plastic and glass cameos of the 1930s, enamel and more importantly the background. After reading this book , it has given me the ability to date and identify cameos, filigree brooches as well as brightly colored rhinestones that was popular in the 1920s and 30s. Machine and hand-finished dress clips and the different finishes used. Sibylle Jargstorf has produced other books on beads and glass which are extremely useful. 9. Cameos: A Pocket Guide by Monica Lynn Clements and Patricia Rosser Clements (ISBN 0-7643-1728-8) Although there are many books on cameos and cameos in general, this compact guide has a lot of cameos that are not made of shell. Shell is the most sought-after jewelry type that comes with cameos, but to me, it didn't attract me. I wanted to learn more about the glass, plastic gemstone, metal and cameos I found. What are the different materials employed and the time they were created. This book contains a wealth of photos that cover a vast quantity of the cameos found in these materials , and is also recognizable for their use in the UK market. US book that includes a price information (2003) For more information about cameo jewellery , you can purchase any of the editions of Cameos: Old and New by Anna M Miller. 10. Victorian Jewellery by Margaret Flowers (No ISBN) Not a book on vintage but antique jewellery that is currently not in print, but is available in several editions. It was first released in 1951 but well worth reading. A look at the Victorian influences, as seen in pieces of revival. Birmingham's role in mass produced jewelry. This book is often mentioned in later books as being influential. It contains the Victorian period in 3 parts and each part has the most used motifs of the time. The humor made me laugh at the snobby attitude of the author , at times but is definitely worth reading. There are a few photographs, and most of them in black and white, that aren't as clear. 11. Scottish Jewellery: A Victorian Passion by Diana Scarisbrick Scottish jewellery can be found all over the UK. Beginning in the mid 19th century with the rise in popularity there were factories located in Scotland and England producing pieces and designs in the hundreds of thousands. The trend continued until the end of the twentieth century mostly in Birmingham. This book is an excellent introduction. Not as in depth as could have been and do not expect details on antique Scottish souvenir jewellery made from Miracle, The Ward Brothers, Exquisite or Hollywood. Pages of photos of agate and silver jewellery and necklaces. But it is complicated by the photo guide at the end of the book. An excellent book for beginners for recognizing Scottish patterns. 12. Warman's Jewelry: Fine & Costume Jewelry 4Th Edition by Kathy Flood (ISBN 1-4402-0801-8) This is the 4th edition of the Warman's Jewelry Identification price Guide. There are three other books to read and acquire. The two centuries of this edition are covered in pearls figural, cameos, Art Nouveau, Art Deco and even plastic. The differences among Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian jewellery. Pages after pages of photographs of jewellery. A nice mix of contemporary antique, vintage and modern jewellery. An eclectic mix of global styles that I felt are relevant with the UK. US book with price in $ guide (2010) This is a quick overview of the most common books on vintage jewellery . The list will evolve as more books are added to the market or I uncover out of print titles. There are also more specific books about Bengal, Avon, Sarah Coventry, Egyptian Revival jewellery, Haskell, D & E, Wilson & Butler and many more that you can go through. Despite this wealth of details, I am still feeling like I've only scratched the surface. As I mentioned earlier, there is not enough details on the jewellery of Ciro Pearls, Sphinx, Exquisite, Miracle, Hollywood, Thomas Le Mott and many other companies that mass produced jewelry in the US in the twentieth century, that are now very sought-after around the world.