This book is refreshing in that not only does it have photos of various periods and styles of jewelry, but it includes a nice glossary that contains photos and descriptions of settings, styles, materials, findings and rhinestone cuts. A real plus is that most of the pictures are large enough to see the items clearly and additionally the author has provided some great tips for the beginning collector.
The negatives are:
1/ Some glossary items are not pictured, e.g. fruit salad stone, tapered baguette, cartouche, alpaca, gutta percha, intaglio.
2/ There are a few errors, the most notable is that the photo on page 36 is not a clipmate by Trifari.
3/ Most prices are quite high, even for retail.
4/ Some glossary descriptions would have been been better left out, e.g. satin cord is described a "cord made of satin."
Overall, even with the negatives this book is quite well done and a great buy.