Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - December - 2008 Issue

Books About Gems and Jewelry from Twelfth Street Booksellers


A sample of the Bactrian Gold.

Here's a work that ties jewelry to some of the greatest literature: Shakespeare and Precious Stones, by George Kunz. In this 1916 work, Kunz looks at references to gemstones in Shakespeare's work, and compares what stones were popular in his day versus the present (the "present" being a century ago). Item 44. $250.

For those wishing to be able to appraise jewelry, item 63 is Anna Miller's Gem and Jewelry Appraising, Techniques of Professional Practice, published in 1988. This is a guide for both established appraisers and those wishing to obtain the basic skills, along with covering information necessary to establish an appraisal business. $50.

For more information about gem and jewelry books, you may reach Twelfth Street Booksellers and their proprietor, Lillian Cole, at 310-822-1505 or lcolebooks@vzavenue.net.

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