here to follow a link to her site and to see the next book ready for release! (Dad, take note for Christmas 2009.)
here for an especially comprehensive collection.
There are many many comprehensive web sites out there. I will leave you with a list of links to those that I find especially helpful:
- Illusion Jewels. Incredibly comprehensive. Great articles, photos, designer info, vintage advertisements, vintage catalogues, a fabulous and detailed encyclopedia of marks and even items for sale! If you go anywhere, go here first.
- N & N. This site is primarily designed to sell, but, it has fabulous photos and a nice search feature. They only carry items in immaculate condition so it is wonderful if you just want to see what something looks like in pristine form! And if you've got the cash, they are certain to have something for you!
- Vintage Costume Jewels. Within this site is a very comprehensive and constantly updated section on fakes and forgeries. It is a terrific resource if you are new to collecting; especially if you might be interested in investing in one of the more frequently forged artists like Miriam Haskell. Worth a look to see what's out there and for tips on what to avoid on certain on-line sites.
- Juliana Jewelry. If you love the colorful bling produced by DeLizza and Elster in the early 1960's - known as Juliana - then this is the site for you!. Beautiful photographs of both "verified" and lookalike pieces with terrific resources on known construction details of these pieces which were never marked, aside from a paper hang tag. Experts in the line, along with Mr. DeLizza himself provide the verifications, making this an invaluable resource to collectors.
- Morning Glory. This site is incredibly comprehensive and has terrific, searchable categories that are useful if you are researching a piece. Of course, all their goodies are for sale so be forewarned!
- Jewelry Patent Project and Jewelry Patents.com both provide comprehensive and searchable databases of jewelry patents.
- Ruby Lane. This site has a nice selection of costume jewelry for research and purchase. Because sellers are all individual "shops" you need to be mindful of descriptions of the items. Like eBay and Etsy, anyone who posts here can post any ideas they have about a piece, so, be sure you know the seller before accepting information as fact. Sellers like this site because it is possible to see what an item sold for. This is always useful in pricing your items for sale. I don't think this information is available as a searchable function within the site, but, if you track an item you can see if it sells, and, final sale prices for Ruby Lane items often come up within Google searches.
- Collecting Costume Jewelry 101 is the site managed by Julia C. Carroll, the author of the reference books I discussed at the beginning of the post. She has some tips and advice on her site, as well as information about her books. I believe the site is still under development, so, check back as she updates it.