ABCS of Costume Jewelry
by David and Lee Salsbury
review by Anna Ferreira

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  This is a primer with a wealth of information. Advice on buying and collecting for the novice was written with the hope of providing knowledge that will help the collector avoid many of the mistakes the authors themselves made.

Part 1 - Buying: basics includes Signed Costume Jewelry, How Much is it worth? and Where to Get the Best Buys.

Part 2 - Collecting: What to choose tells What the Professionals Kept, An Avid Collector’s Inspiring Choices, and A Passionate Collector’s Broad Interests.

Over 500 color photographs reinforce the written content, and will improve the novice’s ability to recognize value, purchase, collect and display a collection or inventory. 

There is also a list of recommended reading and an index of designers. The authors believe that the novice who makes just one knowledgeable purchase, or avoids a bad one, will have more than covered his or her investment in this very interesting and useful book.

Review reprinted with permission from Vintage Fashion & Costume Jewelry and the author

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