Shelf Help: The Essential Jewelry Library

Kick back with one or more of the titles on our essential reading list for jewelersCaught up in the day-to-day duties of retailing, it can be easy to lose sight of the fact that, as a ­jeweler, you’re selling one of the world’s most culturally significant art forms, boasting a history that unfurls all the way back to early man.Can you envision Cleopatra without that glittering gold headpiece? Coco Chanel without a mess of long pearl strands? Or ­Jennifer Lawrence as The Hunger Games’ tenacious Katniss Everdeen without her gold Mockingjay pin?Jewelry has defined both eras and icons. And its roots, mavericks, and methodologies are always accessible—for reference, inspiration, and sheer entertainment—in books written by astute authors who have dedicated their professional lives to revealing what makes jewelry (and its devotees) tick.There’s no better time to build—or add to

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