There are a lot of great resources out there, if you know where to look. Below, you’ll find a variety of resources I have found or been recommended, including a couple of antiques dealers that I truly trust.


A lot of these books are out of print, but may be available through abebooks or other used book stores.

Antique jewellery

  • Vivienne Becker: Art Nouveau Jewelry
  • Vivienne Becker: Antique and 20th Century Jewellery
  • Roseann Ettinger: 1840-1940 Popular Jewelry
  • C. Jeanenne Bell, GG: Answers to Questions About Old Jewelry 1840-1950: Identification and Value Guide
  • John Benjamin: Starting to Collect Antique Jewellery
  • David Bennett and Daniela Mascetti: Understanding Jewellery
  • Judith Miller: Miller’s Antiques Marks: More than 6,000 marks to identify your silver, ceramics, glass and other treasures

Jewellery in general

  • Christie Romero: Warman’s Jewelry: Fine & Costume Jewelry
  • Susanne Ganiscke and Yvonne J. Markowitz: Looking at Jewelry: A Guide to Terms, Styles, and Techniques


  • Richard W. Wise: Secrets of the Gem Trade: The Connoisseur’s Guide to Precious Gemstones
  • Keith Wallis, FGA: Gemstones: Understanding, Identifying, Buying
  • RenĂ©e Newman, GG: Gemstone Buying Guide: How to evaluate, identify, select & care for colored gems
  • Cally Hall: Gemstones: The clearest recognition guides available (Smithsonian Handbooks)
  • Judith Crowe: The Jeweler’s Directory of Gemstones: A Complete Guide to Appraising and Using Precious Stones, from Cut and Color to Shape and Setting

Online resources

Places to buy antique jewellery


  • Antiques Freaks (a podcast that is more about vintage and collecting than antiques, but very entertaining!)