I have an extensive collection of jewelry books and over the years I’ve developed favorites that I turn to again-and-again when I’m researching a piece of jewelry. For someone who is starting out collecting or selling vintage and antique jewelry there are several books that are indespensible. I wouldn’t necessarily describe these books as “beginner” books; each is very serious in its coverage of its subject, but they cover a broad range of periods and styles.
While these books contain information about prices, I don’t recommend using them as price guides because most were written several years ago. In fact, I don’t think books are a particularly good source of pricing these days; much better information can be found by doing research on the internet. The best way to research prices is by using these books to help you figure out what you have acquired. Then you can search for pricing of comparable items on sites like Ruby Lane, Etsy, and 1st Dibs; through a general Google search; and from auction sales results.