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The Modern Guide to Antique Jewellery

By (author) Beth Bernstein


Publishing 1st Apr 2022
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    • The ultimate tour guide to antique jewellery, from the 1700s to the early 20th century
    • A fun, lively and chic reference book, beautifully illustrated throughout
    • Guidance on what to buy and how to value pieces from past eras
    • Insider knowledge and trade secrets from top dealers and shop owners
    • Features a where-to-shop directory of the best high-end shops, outdoor markets and trade fairs worldwide
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    The ultimate go-to guide, The Modern Guide to Antique Jewellery takes the reader on a tour through time, venturing from the 1700s all the way through to the early 20th century. From how to look chic while wearing jewellery that outdates you by 100 years, to how to spot and score the best pieces, this book is a must-read for all enthusiasts and collectors who have an affinity for the jewels of the past.

    Fun factual tidbits are presented in a witty, conversational style, and lively narratives explore each piece’s history. Part travelogue, featuring the most influential shops in New York, LA, London, Paris and Amsterdam; part educational guide, with anecdotes from dealers and experts; and part celebration of historical jewellery, this book is an invaluable and accessible reference.

    Topics covered include (but are not limited to): how to identify the most popular gemstones, materials, styles and collectible pieces in the market today, and how to select antique jewellery to complement your lifestyle. The Modern Guide to Antique Jewellery will reveal what to look for and where to locate rare finds, as well as how the experts score the pieces that decorate the fingers, ears, necks and wrists of the collector. 

    About the Author

    Beth Bernstein has over 20 years of experience in all facets of the jewellery industry. A jewellery historian, author and journalist, her books include If These Jewels Could Talk (ACC Artbooks, 2015), Jewelry's Shining Stars (Fine Points Publishing, 2013) and My Charmed Life (Penguin, 2012). Bernstein has contributed to many magazines, journals and publications including Forbes online, The, Accent, Forum, Departures, Newsday and The Huffington Post, and was Senior Editor for two national jewellery magazines. She launched her own online jewellery magazine in 2017, Bernstein lectures at, runs and participates in seminars at various jewellery fairs and educational events.

    ACC Art Books
    Publish date
    1st Apr 2022
    225 mm x 165 mm
    192 Pages
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