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Collect Contemporary Jewelry

Joanna Hardy, Malcolm Cossons

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Offers expert advice on how to identify the antiques of tomorrow


As a new collector, how do you identify pieces of lasting appeal that will make valuable additions to your jewelry collection? Collect Contemporary Jewelry steers the novice collector through the whole process of acquiring contemporary jewelry, from studying the works of different designers, and the materials and stones they use, through commissioning jewellers, to storing and cleaning pieces.

Forty jewelry artists, both established and emerging, are profiled in detail, with information on their background and training, favoured materials and techniques, and sources of inspiration. The selection is truly international, ranging from the United States, Turkey, Japan and Germany to the United Kingdom and beyond. From Märta Mattsson's reindeer skin and silver bow brooch to Nora Fok's knitted nylon finger extensions, Giovanni Corvaja's 'gold fur' pieces and Georg Spreng's iconic 'ice-cream cone' rings, these imaginative creations are guaranteed to include designs to suit all tastes, from the more traditional to the truly adventurous.

Jewelry lovers will feel inspired by the diversity and creativity of the featured works. These artists are the names to watch; they create both the concept and the finished piece, getting involved in all aspects of the creative process and treating jewelry as 'wearable art'. They share a commitment to craftsmanship and high-quality material.

Collect Contemporary Jewelry will empower any budding collector to make informed choices and so begin building a collection of enduring relevance and value.

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'Bursting with tips on what pieces will be the collectibles of tomorrow, how to take care of them and how to track them down'
Daily Telegraph

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Book Details

Format: Paperback with flaps

Size: 21.5 x 14.5 cm

Extent: 208 pp

Illustrations: 226

Publication date: 13 February 2012

ISBN: 9780500288559

Contents List

Introduction • Buying Jewelry • The Makers: Ark • Zoe Arnold • Michael Becker • Sevan Biçakçi • Lux Camino • Peter Chang • Kevin Coates • Giovanni Corvaja • Jaclyn Davidson • Tomasz Donocik • Nora Fok • Maria Rosa • Franzin Gimel • Michael Good • Mary Lee Lu • Martin and Ulla Kaufmann • Helfried Kodré • Constantinos Kyriacou • Andrew Lamb • Shaun Leane • Myungjoo Lee • Fritz Maierhofer • Catherine Martin • Märta Mattsson • Jacqueline Mina • Atelier Tom Munsteiner • Adam Paxon • Wendy Ramshaw • Todd Reed • Red Rich • Jacqueline Ryan • Robert Smit • Georg Spreng • Charlotte de Syllas • Graziano Visintin • Leo de Vroomen • David Watkins • Annamaria Zanella • Arcin Zaremski • Atelier Zobel • How to Care for Your Jewelry • Museums and Galleries • Fairs and Schools

About the Author

Joanna Hardy was senior specialist in the Jewelry Department at Sotheby’s London. In 2006 she masterminded and launched ‘London Rocks’, a pioneering exhibition of contemporary jewelry, and was also the force behind the exhibition ‘Art Rocks’ at the Shizaru Gallery in Mayfair, London, in Autumn 2011.

Malcolm Cossons is an art writer and editor. He has written articles for numerous publications and edited two guides on collecting Collect Contemporary Photography and Collect Contemporary Jewelry. He is also the author of a children's book Dot to Dot.

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Malcolm Cossons

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