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History of Beads
  Glass in Jewelry. Hidden Artistry in Glass
Glass in Jewelry. Hidden Artistry in Glass
Sibylle Jargstorf

 
  Baubles, Buttons and Beads. The Heritage of Bohemia
Baubles, Buttons and Beads. The Heritage of Bohemia
Sibylle Jargstorf

 
  Beads of the World: A Collector's Guide With Revised Price Reference
Beads of the World: A Collector's Guide With Revised Price Reference
Peter Francis, Jr.

 
  The History of Beads: From 100,000 B.C. to the Present, Revised and Expanded Edition
The History of Beads: From 100,000 B.C. to the Present, Revised and Expanded Edition
Lois Sherr Dubin

 
  Perlen aus Gablonz: Historismus, Jugendstil = Beads from Gablonz : historicism, Art Nouveau (German Edition)
Perlen aus Gablonz: Historismus, Jugendstil = Beads from Gablonz : historicism, Art Nouveau (German Edition)
Waltraud Neuwirth

 
 
Vintage Costume Jewelry Resources
  Miller's Costume Jewelry
Miller's Costume Jewelry
Judith Miller

 
  Vintage Jewelry Design
Vintage Jewelry Design
Caroline Cox

 
  Classic American Costume Jewelry
Classic American Costume Jewelry
Jacqueline Rehmann

 
  Miriam Haskell Jewelry
Miriam Haskell Jewelry
Cathy Gordon and Sheila Pamfiloff

The bottom line on this book:  It is THE resource if you are interested in Miriam Haskell jewelry.  Gordon and Pamfiloff discuss the history of the Haskell company and include valuable information on identification and dating of Haskell jewelry pieces, such as how the jewelry was constructed, how it was (or was not) signed, the types of clasps that were used, and so on.  The book then dedicates several chapters to examining the work of key Haskell designers, organized in chronological order so you can see the progression of the company’s designs over time.  This book is an incredible resource for learning about Miriam Haskell designs, and is also a wonderful resource for jewelry design in general.
  Cameos Old and New
Cameos Old and New
Anna M Miller and Diana Jarrett

 
  Fabulous Fakes
Fabulous Fakes
Carole Tanenbaum

 
  Estate Jewelry 1760 - 1960
Estate Jewelry 1760 - 1960
Diana Sanders Cinamon

 
  Collecting Costume Jewelry 101
Collecting Costume Jewelry 101
Julia C Carroll

 
  Collecting Costume Jewelry 202 2nd Edition
Collecting Costume Jewelry 202 2nd Edition
Julia C Carroll

 
  Collecting Costume Jewelry 303
Collecting Costume Jewelry 303
Julia C Carroll

 
  Rhinestones! A Collector's Handbook and Price Guide
Rhinestones! A Collector's Handbook and Price Guide
Nancy Schiffer

 
 
Inspiration
  French General Treasured Notions
French General Treasured Notions
Kaari Meng

 
  French Inspired Jewelry
French Inspired Jewelry
Kaari Meng

 
  The New Kimono. From Vintage Style to Everyday Chic
The New Kimono. From Vintage Style to Everyday Chic
Editors of Nanao Magazine

I LOVE this book! This book is about wearing vintage kimonos with a modern sensibility and it is one of the most inspiring, creative and fun books I’ve enjoyed in a long time. It is a collection of magazine articles from Nanao Magazine, one of Japan's leading contemporary kimono publications. Translated into English and beautifully photographed, I find myself drooling over the gorgeous vintage kimono fabrics and inspired by how vintage patterns, fabrics and accessories are combined for a fresh contemporary look. Many jewelry designers who work with vintage materials share this goal of creating fresh pieces using vintage materials, and for this reason alone may find this book of interest.
  Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers
Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers
Leonard Koren

I recommend this book to those of you who love and work with vintage materials because it articulates so clearly their appeal and beauty. This is a short and accessible book, with lots of white space throughout the text, and interspersed with black and white photographs that to the author's mind illustrate the concept of wabi sabi. Koren explains the genesis of wabi sabi in the tea culture of Japan, the meanings of "wabi" and "sabi", design principles associated with this aesthetic and the larger philosophical underpinnings of wabi sabi, providing a resource for design concepts as well as a good overview of this important component of Japanese culture.
  Art Girl's Guide to Paris
Art Girl's Guide to Paris
Carmi Cimicata

 
  Read My Pins: Stories from a Diplomat's Jewel Box
Read My Pins: Stories from a Diplomat's Jewel Box
Madeleine Albright

When serving the Clinton administration as Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright became known for her use of pins and brooches as a communication tool during her diplomatic duties. This book was written in 2009 to accompany a touring exhibit of her pins. I read the Kindle version of the book on my iPod, probably not the best format for viewing the pins. However, while there were some unique and interesting contemporary and vintage pieces, most interesting to me were the stories about how Albright came by her collection and how she used her jewelry to communicate specific messages in a subtle but very public way, highlighting a creative and very female approach to diplomatic negotiations.
  The Quilts of Gee's Bend
The Quilts of Gee's Bend
Wililam Arnett, Alvia Wardlaw, Jane Livingston, John Beardsley

When I look at the Gee’s Bend quilts, I learn about color. I learn about symmetry and asymmetry. I learn about looking to traditional design as a source for creating something new. I learn about seeing pattern in the everyday world and interpreting it in your art. I learn about how to create beautiful art with only the materials you have on hand. I learn about the impact of keeping it simple. The hand quilting in the design of many of the quilts allows me to see and feel the presence of the artists and this continues to guide my approach to handmade jewelry design. I turn to this book as an endless source of design inspiration and a touchstone to remind me of my path in handmade art and craft.
  Liberace Extravaganza!
Liberace Extravaganza!
Jan Jewett, Connie Furr Soloman

This addition to our bookshelf came when we purchased thousands of vintage rhinestones from long time Las Vegas costumer Jan Jewett. She and Connie Furr Soloman wrote this book, Liberace Extravaganza! and Jan was kind enough to provide us with a copy. Authorized by the Liberace Foundation, this book shares spectacular full page closeups of his costumes, organized by the decade during which the costume was created and worn. Thousands of rhinestones, sequins, faux pearls, seed beads, mirrored cabochons, and crystal beads adorn everything from boots to lace cuffs. Once you're done oohing and aahing, be sure to go back to the beginning of the book and read about the designers who made it all happen.
 
Business of Art and Craft
  The Handmade Marketplace: How to Sell Your Crafts Locally, Globally, and On-Line
The Handmade Marketplace: How to Sell Your Crafts Locally, Globally, and On-Line
Kari Chapin

 
  Craft Corps. Celebrating the Creative Community One Story at a Time
Craft Corps. Celebrating the Creative Community One Story at a Time
Vickie Howell

 
  The Creative Entrepreneur. A DIY Visual Guidebook for Maing Business Ideas Real
The Creative Entrepreneur. A DIY Visual Guidebook for Maing Business Ideas Real
Lisa Sonora Beam

 
  The Savvy Crafter's Guide to Success
The Savvy Crafter's Guide to Success
Sandra McCall

 
  Holy Moly Mackeroly! From 3 Art Stamps to the Smithsonian
Holy Moly Mackeroly! From 3 Art Stamps to the Smithsonian
Gloria Page