Ronna Lee Aikins has collected costume jewelry for over 15 years and her book, Brilliant Rhinestones, is based on her personal collection. She owned a unique boutique offering vintage costume jewelry and clothing as well as new jewelry and couture. Pieces of her collection were also sold at an upscale Nashville, TN, clothing shop.
J Michael Augustyniak
Author and photographer J. Michael Augustyniak has spent most of his adult life collecting, photographing, and writing about Barbie dolls. After graduating from Indiana University with a bachelor's degree in English and social studies, Michael joined the staff of Barbie Bazaar magazine in 1995 and accepted the position of price guide editor for the magazine in 2002. His magazine work also includes contributions to Dolls In Print and Barbie Collector. His first book, The Barbie Doll Boom, was published in 1996, and he has worked every year since then producing new books or updating existing books about Barbie. His list of titles include The Barbie Doll Boom (1996), Collector's Encyclopedia of Barbie Doll Exclusives and More (1997, 2000, 2001, 2004), Thirty Years of Mattel Fashion Dolls (1998), Collector's Encyclopedia of Barbie Doll Collector's Editions (2005, 2008), Barbie Doll Around the World (2007), and Barbie Doll Photo Album (2010). Augustyniak is most proud of his Barbie Doll Photo Album, a tremendous compilation of Barbie and friends through all fifty years of Barbie doll's history; Michael hopes that this book will prove indispensable to collectors for decades to come. He has attended sixteen national Barbie Collectors' Conventions since 1991, and he is very grateful for the friendships, encouragement, and support of the Barbie doll collecting community. He welcomes comments at his website, www.michaelaugustyniak.com . Michael was honored by veteran Mattel designer Carol Spencer with the prestigious 2009 Barbie's Best Friend Award for "sharing with us his enthusiasm and love of documenting the Barbie family of dolls within his informative books that offer a view of Barbie dolls both past and present."
Lillian Baker was an author for more than four decades. Her first book on Hatpins & Hatpin Holders in 1976 was the first and only worldwide definitive book on the subject. She also authored 100 Years of Collectible Jewelry, Plastic Jewelry of the 20th Century, Fifty Years of Collectible Fashion Jewelry, Art Nouveau & Art Deco Jewelry, and Creative & Collectible Miniatures.
David Barron has been researching and cataloging head vases since 1998. He and his wife, Yvonne, authored The Head Vases by the Numbers Price Guide, which has been updated four times since 1999. They have attended and spoken at the last four Annual Head Vases Convention.
Carter Bays is an authority on early American sewing machines. He self-published his first book in 1993, a second edition with Collector Books in 2005, and a third edition with Collector Books in 2006.
Wayne Bednersh is a graduate of UCLA and has authored several articles on spoons and silver techniques. His interest in silver medallions and antiques led him to souvenir spoon collecting. He is the author of two volumes on Collectible Souvenir Spoons.
Web site: http://www.antiquesdetectives.com
C. Jeanenne Bell
C. Jeanenne Bell brings to her audiences over 30 years of experience in all phases of the antique, estate and collectable jewelry business. She is an avid collector and an active wholesaler and retailer. The author of books, videos and numerous magazine articles, she is well known throughout the jewelry industry.
Her early training in interior design and architectural history has made her acutely aware of the part jewelry has played in reflecting the architectural and period styles throughout history. She has traveled extensively throughout the United States and Great Britain, Europe and Asia, collecting and researching the history of jewelry and evaluating its geographical trends. Ms. Bell earned her Graduate Gemologist (G.G.) designate from the Gemological Institute of America. In 1984 she wrote one of the first appraisal study guides in the country, "The Appraisal of Antique and Period Jewelry", for Indiana University and the International Society of Appraisers. Ms. Bell is the President of Jewelry Box Antiques, Inc., Antiques Detectives (A.D.), Inc., and A.D. Publishing. She currently writes for Krause Publications, Answers to Questions About Old Jewelry, 6th Edition and Warman's Antique Jewelry Field Guide. Her book How to Be a Jewelry Detective is the first in a series of "Antiques Detectives" books, published by A.D. Publishing. It has a companion book entitled, Jewelry Detective Resources.
For Collector Books, she has written The Collectors Encyclopedia of Hairwork Jewelry and is proud to present her latest book, Collectors Encyclopedia of Pendant and Pocket Watches 1500-1950.
Antique jewelry has opened many exciting doors for Ms. Bell. In 1986 she attended the Duchess of Windsor Auction in Geneva, Switzerland. Her article "Windsor Jewelry" was the cover story for Modern Jewelry magazine. She also attended the Jackie Onasis auction in 1996 and wrote the article "Farewell to Camelot", which became the cover story for The Collector magazine. Her expertise as a jewelry historian has brought her to the attention of movie directors such as Robert Altman and the team of Merchant & Ivory. Consequently she has been the jewelry consultant for their movies. Her celebrity customers include President Clinton, Julia Roberts, Lea Thompson, Paul Newman and Joanne Woodworth, and Tracy and Melissa Gold. You may have seen Jeanenne on national television shows such as PBS's Antiques Roadshow, FX Collectibles on Fox Network, Nostalgia TV, Treasures in Your Home on Pax TV, Treasures in your Attic and the CBS Early Show out of New York. When she does speaking engagements across the country she is normally interviewed by local television shows and talk-radio stations. Ms. Bell's numerous speaking engagements have earned her the privilege of being a Professional Member of the prestigious National Speakers Association. She is also a member of the following:
*Gemological Institute of America Alumni Assoc. (Diploma Member). National *Association of Jewelry Appraisers 1989 - present
*The Society of Jewelry Historians, USA
*The Hairwork Society
*The National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors.
*Sothebyís Institute Alumni Association
Jeanenne loves to share her knowledge. Her presentations are well received because of her easy to understand "down to earth" (non-technical) language and humor. Over the last 20 years she has spoken to a wide variety of audiences. These include annual conferences for the International Society of Appraisers, National Association of Jewelry Appraisers, Association of Woman's Gemologists, Insurance Adjusters, The College of Appraisers, University of Main Jewelry Conference, Rhode Island Jewelry Conference, a Baltic Sea Cruise, antique shows across the country, Convention Spousal Programs, and Home & Garden shows. Ms. Bell is interested in sharing with any group that is interested in antiques and collectible jewelry or even curious about what unknown treasures they might have in their jewelry boxes. Ms. Bell's topics include:
*The Romance of Victorian Jewelry
*Art Noveau, Edwardian, Art Deco-Solving the Mysteries
*Hairwork Jewelry-Tokens of Love
*How to be a Jewelry Detective
*The History of Pocket Watches
Tonya Bervaldi began watching Shirley Temple movies in the 1980s and began admiring her into her teenage years. She began collecting Shirley Temple memorabilia, going to antique shops and doll shows, and even joined the Shirley Temple Club. Her love for Shirley Temple led her to write her book, The Complete Guide to Shirley Temple Collectibles.
Peter S Blundell
Peter S. Blundell is an antiques appraiser living in the Okanagan Valley, British Columbia. His travels take him to many places in the United States of America, Canada, and Europe. He has lived in England, Quebec, Ontario, and British Columbia. Peter has worked at flea markets and antique shows as a 'picker,' a 'hauler,' a retailer, wholesaler, and general appraiser, and understands and lectures on antiques. He knows the everyday workings on the antique trade.
John Bomm, Malinda Bomm
John and Malinda Bomm are residents of Orlando, Florida. John was born in Amityville, New York in 1962. He, his younger brother, and parents stayed in New York until 1972 when his father was transferred to Pennsylvania. They lived in the beautiful Amish country area in Pennsylvania for three years until Johnís father was transferred again, this time to New Jersey. John completed his education in New Jersey and at the age of 16 started working for Pathmark Supermarkets as a cart boy and cashier. When John turned 18 he started building a race car, one of his passions through his growing years. Because of his race car building, John became top mechanic and worked with his parents in the service station they owned. John is now a warranty technician for one of the largest insurance companies in the country.
Malinda was born in 1962 on Naha Air Force Base in Okinawa, Japan. Her father was an Air Force Master Sergeant at the time. Her mother was a native of Okinawa. Malinda and her parents lived in Okinawa for nine years until they moved to Langley Air Force Base in Virginia. Malinda completed her education at Tabb High School in Virginia. Malinda moved to New Jersey in 1987 where she met future husband John. When Johnís parents moved to Florida, John and Malinda made the move with them. They were married on Valentineís Day, 1991. Malinda is now a health claims examiner for a large city agency.
Through Malinda, John developed a love of Precious Moments collectibles. Malinda and Johnís collection has expanded from five Precious Moments figurines to approximately 850 pieces, including bisque figurines, dolls, plates, water globes, and so much more. Several rooms in their house showcase their collection The Official Precious Moments Collectorís Guide to Company Dolls is their first Precious Moments book. They will be authoring a second book on Precious Moments figurines due to be published in Spring 2004.