A few weeks ago I was in Los Angeles to attend the Vintage Fashion Expo and was excited to learn that nearby, at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) museum, there was an exhibit of jewelry from the Christie Romero Collection.
The late Christie Romero was a renowned jewelry historian and author of Warman’s Jewelry, a guide to jewelry of the 18th through 20th centuries. If I had to choose one jewelry book to recommend to a novice, out of the dozens I own, it would be Warman’s Jewelry 3rd edition because it is highly informative, covers all eras and genres in surprising detail, and contains a realistic range of prices; it also contains Romero’s invaluable timeline of jewelry history alongside landmarks of world history and industrial history. This book is out of print but can be found on Amazon. Warman’s Jewelry 5th Edition is also excellent and more widely available.