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Cameos Old & New, 4th Edition


Old & New, 4th Edition

Anna M. Miller, G.G., RMV
Revised, Updated & Expanded by Diana Jarrett, G.G., RMV

6 x 9, 416 pp, Over 250 photos & illus., 60 in full color; index, Quality Paperback , 978-0-943763-60-6

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Newly Updated and Expanded
Critical and up-to-the-minute information for the novice, advanced collector, jewelry dealer, curator and appraiser—for all who buy and sell cameos, or who are just fascinated by them.
Antiques Roadshow Book Club Selection
Since ancient times, cameo making has allowed artists of every era to capture and reflect on the history, literature and lore of their culture. Today, the allure of finely carved cameos is drawing a new generation of both savvy collectors and gifted artists who are captivated by their transcendental elegance.
This first and only comprehensive reference guide offers valuable information on:
• Where to successfully hunt for cameos
• How to separate old from new, imitation and newer synthetic materials from original shell and stone cameos
• How to differentiate between ultrasonically produced and hand-carved cameos
Richly illustrated with many new cameo photographs, this new edition will facilitate the recognition and evaluation of quality in cameos and increase your confidence in buying and selling cameos with:
• Key factors for defining value
• Information on how to buy cameos from retailers and antique dealers, via the Internet or at auction
• A clear explanation of The MasterValuer Program™ of Quality Ranking that serves as a vital guide for use when evaluating cameos
• An extensive review of outstanding contemporary cameo artists throughout the world, their style, subject matter, unique and identifiable techniques, contact information … and more

“Goes beyond the gemstone materials and delves into the history and romance with fascinating tidbits and wonderful tips on dating and evaluation.”
Antoinette Matlins, PG, lecturer and author, Jewelry & Gems: The Buying Guide, Gem Identification Made Easy and other books about jewelry, gems and gemology
“Well organized, interestingly written, and easy to read…. Fills a gap in jewelry history and will be eagerly received by gemologists, jewelers, and lapidaries.”
Lapidary Journal
“This book is like a cameo—dimensional, well-crafted with rich layers…. A must buy for anyone involved in the collecting or appreciation of cameos.”
Jewelers’ Circular Keystone
 “Covers the subject superbly for the beginner, is enough in depth for the collector, and is a useful guide for the appraiser…. A must for every appraiser’s library.”
The Appraiser
 “The best introductory book on cameos.”
The Australian Gemmologist
 “A superb and comprehensive reference, Cameos Old & New is an invaluable resource and reference for collectors, dealers, curators and anyone wanting to know more about the cameos in their possession.”
Midwest Book Review

Anna M. Miller, G.G., RMV, was a jewelry historian, author, lecturer, and instructor. The developer of The MasterValuer Program™, a jewelry appraisal course that has been taught worldwide, she consulted with individuals and companies on buying, selling, appraising and interpreting the jewelry arts. Miller was the author of five books on gems and jewelry, including Gems & Jewelry Appraising: Techniques of Professional Practice, the first comprehensive work about gem and jewelry appraising; and Illustrated Guide to Jewelry Appraising: Antique, Period & Modern (both GemStone Press).
Diana Jarrett, G.G., RMV, an award-winning trade journalist, is a  member of the National Association of Jewelry Appraisers (NAJA). While studying at the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), Jarrett began working at Sotheby’s Beverly Hills for their important jewels auctions, and at the same time writing for custom jewelry designers.
She is a popular speaker on the topics of gems, rare stones and jewelry. Her syndicated column “The Story Behind the Stone” has been a staple in Southern Jewelry News and Mid-America Jewelry News for years. She is a contributing editor for Texas Jewelers magazine, New York Mineralogical Club Bulletin, Colored Stone Magazine, Jewellery Business (Canada), American Gem Society (AGS) and many other trade and consumer publications. Jarrett currently serves as colored gemstone editor for Rapaport Diamond Report. Contact her at or by visiting her website:
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