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College for Appraisers
Jewelry – Victorian – Mid-Century Costume Jewelry
24 Hour Course – On Campus and Distance Learning


COURSE DESCRIPTION AND OBJECTIVES
This course is an overview of jewelry with emphasis on 19th Century through the present. Especially considered will be the impact of history, technology and styles on jewelry. We will learn the basics of gemstone identification, metals identification and the use of basic tools and visual clues for identification as well as the basics of appraising pieces of jewelry. Special attention to costume jewelry, signed and unsigned, and to reproductions for the appraiser and collector.


GOALS
This course is designed to develop the skills, judgment and competence to identify, evaluate and value jewelry items based on understanding of components, design and the market.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS / GRADING
This course includes two exams and three written appraisal reports. Grades are based on A (90 – 100); B (80 – 89); C (70 – 79). Students are expected to revise and re-submit any work receiving a Grade of C or below.

COURSE TEXTS
Jewelry,
College for Appraisers
Video Lectures
Answers to Questions about Old Jewelry 1840 - 1950,
C. Jeanenne Bell

Recommended Texts
Warman’s Jewelry, Christie Romero
Collectible Costume Jewelry, Cheryl Simmonds
American Jewelry Manufacturers, Dorothy Rainwater

COURSE OUTLINE
Overview of Jewelry
Gemstones
Metals
Categories

  • Primary Jewelry
  • Secondary Jewelry
  • Novelty Jewelry
  • Folk Jewelry
  • Children’s Jewelry
  • Jewelry of Sentiment
  • Mourning Jewelry
Tools of the Trade
Styles and Eras:
Early Victorian 1837 – 1860 – Romantic Period
Mid-Victorian – 1860 – 1880 – Grand Period
Late Victorian – 1880 – 1900 – The Aesthetic Period
Art Nouveau – 1890 – 1917
  • French Design Influences – Lalique
  • American Designs
  • Carl Faberge
Art Deco – 1917 – 1950
  • Lalique
  • Cartier
  • Egyptian Revival
  • Forms
Fashion Jewelry 1925 – 1975
  • Costume Jewelry
  • Drivers of Styles and Fashions
  • Signed vs Unsigned
Jewelry Accessories
  • Hat Pins
  • Purses
  • Combs
Mexican Silver
Native American Jewelry

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