“The modern guide to antique jewelry” will make you a collector – JCK
Navigating the world of antique jewelry can be a daunting experience. But writer and editor Beth Bernstein, with more than 20 years of industry experience, is here to tell you that if there’s a will, there’s a way in her new book, The modern guide to antique jewelry (ACC Art Books). Released May 12, the 192-page book is a journey through time, history and culture seen through the lens of antique jewelry. It covers the 18th century through to the early 20th century and makes the market digestible for the modern reader. The guide combines conversational storytelling with authoritative recommendations, also acting as a travel resource for where to go and who to meet.
“I created a list of people who I thought were the best independent dealers and high end stores I had the pleasure of meeting or doing business with or interviewing for items and those who were not only knowledgeable but with integrity, jewelry with authenticity, and have been great at educating their customers,” Bernstein said in a statement. “They all bring different insights into how they view certain time periods and pieces. My goal for the book was to be more interactive for those who would read it. If they desire the know-how to build a jewelry collection, they will want different opinions and meet these merchants or stop by these exquisite shops. It’s an introduction to the world of antique jewelry and without the voices and expertise of stores and dealers, part of the story I wanted to tell would have been missing.
Beyond insider information and trade secrets, the comprehensive tome includes recommendations for everything including (but not limited to!) how to define your personal style, the hidden meaning between different types of gemstones, 10 essential pieces every collection needs, how to wear antique jewelry. jewelry, how to take care of your collection and much more.
And hey, if not for knowledge, The modern guide to antique jewelry is a feast for the eyes.
Above: the cover of The modern guide to antique jewelry (ACC Books) by Beth Bernstein (photo courtesy of author)
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