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Jewelry Clare Phillips

Jewelry By Clare Phillips

Jewelry by Clare Phillips

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This is a guide to the evolution of jewelry which offers a survey of the entire field. It traces developments from the Middle Ages to the present day and analyzes jewelry's changing fashions and the gems used in its production. The major jewelry houses are represented alongside unknown craftsmen.

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Jewelry: From Antiquity to the Present by Clare Phillips

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.

Jewelry 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

About Clare Phillips

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.

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Jewelry: From Antiquity to the Present by Clare Phillips
Used - Very Good
Thames & Hudson Ltd
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