- Joanne Wiertellahas been collecting antique cast metal jewel boxes (caskets, trinket boxes) for more than 25 years. When she visited antique shops, dealers didn't seem to know very much about them. And so began her quest for information. Learning that there was virtually nothing current written about these beautiful antiques; she began to research trade periodicals and catalogs of the early 1900's. They say that "everyone has a book in them," and so she wrote and published her own: The Jewel Box Book: The Definitive Guide to American Art Metal Jewelry Boxes 1900-1925.
- Since publication of The Jewel Box Book, Wiertella has continued to research the manufacturers of jewel boxes and add to her collection of jewel boxes. Today, her collection comprises over 550 jewel boxes and numerous early catalogs with pictured jewel boxes from the early 1900's. She has also written articles for various antique and collectibles publications, given presentations on the history of jewel boxes, and has particularly enjoyed corresponding with other collectors of these fanciful and varied art metal boxes.
- Wiertella received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Eastern Michigan University. Her passion for the arts has expressed itself in weaving, painting, designing needlework projects, and designing costumes. Wiertella has also worked with her husband Larry in his natural resources and ecology endeavors. Joanne and her husband live in Michigan where they share their love of art, crafts, music, and collecting with their two grown children.
- Joanne has added a Jewel Box Book Newsletter to this site, that includes pages on Jewel Boxes, Antque Catalogs —all from her private collection, and Published Articles that she has written for antique and collectible publications.
Notes that I have received from happy Jewel Box Book owners
Hi Joanne: I just wanted to say thank you for such a wonderful book! I can't express how much I love it. I have gone over it several times, and each time I learn something new. The pictures are wonderful. It has answered so many questions about these little boxes that I love so much. I have made several more purchases since I bought your book with much more confidence. Several of them I found in the old catalog pictures.They are perfect— giving the discription of size, color, and old pricing. I could go on and on, but I will just leave you with a great big THANKS!!
Joanne . . . what a wonderfull book!!!
I have over 300 books on so many different facets of the antique and collectable world . . . I love to read them just to learn and absorb . . . but I do have to say that your's is at the very top of all !!
Dear Joanne: I´ve just received The Jewel Box Book and its is fantastic. In my country (Spain) there are not books about jewel box and I love nouveau trinket and casket box. This book is a perfect guide to collect them.
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