BOOKS

'Ivory'

by Maggie Campbell Pedersen

ISBN 978-0-7198-0053-5

 

A book covering in detail ivory's composition and unique properties, its sources in the animal kingdom, trade bans and conservation status, how it has been worked by craftsmen, its care and repair, and its fakes and imitations, identification and testing. The book also covers the history of ivory, world-wide, going back 40,000 years. Lavishly illustrated throughout with colour photographs, quick reference identification charts and diagrams, it is the first book to cover ivory from every aspect.

 

Reviews:

"An invaluable guide for collectors, antique dealers, curators, gemmologists, conservationists and frequenters of flea markets, as well as those who simply love this attractive material." (Antiques Diary)

"This new book provides invaluable information on ivory. ....an essential guide for anyone interested in studying this fascinating organic gem material." (The Journal of Gemmology)

"This is a very welcome addition to any gemmologist's library" (Gems and Jewellery)

 

 


'Gem and Ornamental Materials of Organic Origin’
by Maggie Campbell Pedersen


ISBN 0750658525

The only book devoted to Organics, ‘Gem and Ornamental Materials of Organic Origin’ is an easily accessible and interesting reference book. It contains chapters on amber and copal, jet, ivories, bone, antler, horn, rhino horn, tortoiseshell, pearl, shell, coral, many unusual organics, and plastics. A further chapter provides quick reference charts. Information is given on identification, tests, uses, history and conservation status. Over 200 colour photographs aid identification of the materials.

 

Reviews:

“This is a very interesting book………For the antique dealer, jeweller and gemmologist this book would be a most useful addition to their bookshelves” (Journal of Gemmology, the quarterly journal of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain)

“Chock full of interesting facts……A comprehensive and clearly written guide to organic materials …………a volume of genuine use to dealers, collectors and museum curators.” (Antiques and Collectables. Voted ‘Book of the Month’.)

“This book is the most comprehensive, in-depth, and scientific examination of these materials to date” (Gems and Gemmology, the quarterly Journal of the Gemological Institute of America)

“I have not found a reference book that has more data on this subject………..it is a mandatory item for every appraiser’s reference library.” (The Jewelry Appraiser, the quarterly journal of the National Association of Jewelry Appraisers)

“A comprehensive reference……….. -- buy it!” (Plastics Historical Society Newsletter)

“An ideal reference book………a unique source of information on this neglected topic.” (Rock’n’Gem)

 

To order books from the publishers, go to www.crowood.com, and click on NAG Press.

Copyright 2007 Maggie Campbell Pedersen.  All rights reserved.

BOOKS

NEW BOOK, PUBLISHED APRIL 2021

'Tortoiseshell'

by Maggie Campbell Pedersen

ISBN 978 0 7198 3144 7

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Tortoiseshell is derived from marine turtles and has been used in the decorative arts for thousands of years. It featured in trade with, amongst others, the Babylonians and the Romans. In Europe it was used for furniture veneer in the seventeenth century, while in Polynesia it was used for personal adornment although turtles were viewed as sacred. In many parts of the world turtles were regarded simply as food.

Today it is important to be able to recognise tortoiseshell as all marine turtles are protected species and subject to global trade bans.

The text of this book, which is illustrated with over 100 colour photographs, covers:

  • The historical use of tortoiseshell in various parts of the world

  • How tortoiseshell artefacts were made, from moulding to piqué work.

  • Turtles species, their habitats, and their conservation status today.

  • The identification of tortoiseshell, and how to distinguish it from imitations, notably horn or the early plastics such as celluloid.

  • Testing methods, both simple and advanced.

  • Information on laws and regulatory bodies.

The book is an essential reference for gemmologists, auctioneers, antiques dealers and collectors, as well as those interested in the animals themselves. It is the only book which covers tortoiseshell from all aspects.

'Ivory'

by Maggie Campbell Pedersen

ISBN 978-0-7198-0053-5

 

A book covering in detail ivory's composition and unique properties, its sources in the animal kingdom, trade bans and conservation status, how it has been worked by craftsmen, its care and repair, and its fakes and imitations, identification and testing. The book also covers the history of ivory, world-wide, going back 40,000 years. Lavishly illustrated throughout with colour photographs, quick reference identification charts and diagrams, it is the first book to cover ivory from every aspect.

 

​Reviews:

"An invaluable guide for collectors, antique dealers, curators, gemmologists, conservationists and frequenters of flea markets, as well as those who simply love this attractive material." (Antiques Diary)

"This new book provides invaluable information on ivory. ....an essential guide for anyone interested in studying this fascinating organic gem material." (The Journal of Gemmology)

"This is a very welcome addition to any gemmologist's library" (Gems and Jewellery)

'Gem and Ornamental Materials of Organic Origin’

by Maggie Campbell Pedersen

 

ISBN 0750658525

The only book devoted to Organics, ‘Gem and Ornamental Materials of Organic Origin’ is an easily accessible and interesting reference book. It contains chapters on amber and copal, jet, ivories, bone, antler, horn, rhino horn, tortoiseshell, pearl, shell, coral, many unusual organics, and plastics. A further chapter provides quick reference charts. Information is given on identification, tests, uses, history and conservation status. Over 200 colour photographs aid identification of the materials.

 

Reviews:

​“This is a very interesting book………For the antique dealer, jeweller and gemmologist this book would be a most useful addition to their bookshelves” (Journal of Gemmology, the quarterly journal of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain)

“Chock full of interesting facts……A comprehensive and clearly written guide to organic materials …………a volume of genuine use to dealers, collectors and museum curators.” (Antiques and Collectables. Voted ‘Book of the Month’.)

“This book is the most comprehensive, in-depth, and scientific examination of these materials to date” (Gems and Gemmology, the quarterly Journal of the Gemological Institute of America)

“I have not found a reference book that has more data on this subject………..it is a mandatory item for every appraiser’s reference library.” (The Jewelry Appraiser, the quarterly journal of the National Association of Jewelry Appraisers)

“A comprehensive reference……….. -- buy it!” (Plastics Historical Society Newsletter)

“An ideal reference book………a unique source of information on this neglected topic.” (Rock’n’Gem)

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To order books from the publishers, go to www.crowood.com, and click on NAG Press.

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