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Jewelry (World of Art)

From Antiquity to the Present

Clare Phillips

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A concise survey of the entire field that analyses jewelry's changing fashions, explores its social context, and examines how it has been worn around the world

Overview

From the simple shell beads worn by Palaeolithic hunters to the splendour of Renaissance gold work and the sumptuousness of Art Nouveau enamels, here is a fascinating and informative guide to the development of Western jewelry – concluding with the radical and experimental developments in the last three decades.

Offering a concise survey of the entire field, this book analyses jewelry's changing fashions, explores its social context, and examines how it has been worn by both men and women. It shows how jewellers have responded to new sources of gems, whether emeralds from the New World or diamonds from South Africa, and to the discovery of metals such as platinum and aluminium.

Masterworks by unknown craftsmen and pieces designed by individual artists as diverse as Holbein, Pugin and Calder are illustrated alongside the glittering products of the major jewelry houses.

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Reviews

'Phillips has achieved the remarkable feat of describing and illustrating hundreds of objects set within a well written narrative … her approach is remarkably fresh … This admirable volume is excellent value with its impeccable text and numerous illustrations'
Journal of the Royal Society of Arts

Further Details

Specifications

Format: Paperback

Size: 20.9 x 14.9 cm

Extent: 224 pp

Illustrations: 174

Publication date: 7 May 1996

ISBN: 9780500202876

About the Author

Clare Phillips is a curator in the Sculpture, Metalwork, Ceramics and Glass Department at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Her publications include Jewelry: From Antiquity to the Present and contributions to Art Nouveau 1890–1914 and Silver.