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Jewels and Jewelry Hardcover – April 1, 2000

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England's Victoria and Albert Museum, specializing in the decorative arts, has one of the finest jewelry collections in the world. This oversize volume draws from that collection to celebrate jewelry from the last 500 years, from the Middle Ages to the modern and avant-garde styles. The book is divided into three sections. The first part describes the materials used in jewelry making; the second offers a chronological history of jewelry pieces; and the third covers manufacturing and distribution, including hallmarks. The text is very informative, but, of course, it is the photographs of the jewelry that most capture the reader's attention. Although the paper stock and binding are not of the quality of some coffee-table books on the topic, the photographs are well reproduced, and the range of jewelry shown makes the volume useful both for browsing and as a survey of the field. From medieval religious pieces, including a skeleton in an enameled casket to wire-art jewelry made from oxidized silver, there is something here for everyone to covet. Ilene Cooper

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Clare Phillips, a leading authority on jewelry who has written widely on the subject, lives in England.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill; First Edition edition (April 15, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823025845
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823025848
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #661,351 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In Jewels And Jewelry, Clare Phillips surveys 500 years of western jewelry drawn from the internationally famous Victoria and Albert Museum collection. Phillips covers the materials used, presents a chronology of style, and provides information on manufacturing and distribution including hallmarking and design registration, shops, the tracing of a jewel's history, jewellery boxes, and more. All manner of jewelry is examined, including famous pieces of royalty, and anonymous representatives of unusual design. From rings, brooches, necklaces and pendants to earrings, tiaras, hair combs and buckles, each piece showcased illuminates and documents this collection as one of the finest and most comprehensive in the world today. Jewels And Jewelry is a highly recommended acquisition for personal, professional, academic, and community library collections.
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I must have a dozen books on jewelery and the history of jewelery. This is the best yet. First off the book very clearly organized. On any page that you might flip to there is a short chapter with a title, photos and supporting text. For instance, the section called "Jewelled Bouquets" shows five full color photos of flower themed broaches, descriptions of each an a well written history of the beautiful little things. Much of the jewelery is supported with photos of period portraits, to further illustrate how the pieces were worn. It's a wonderful, wonderful book and I'm not surprized to find it's from the fabulous Victoria and Albert Museum.
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This is a rich & informative antique jewelry book. The contents are categorized under materials, styles vs periods and the details of manufacturings. Great for jewelry designer and those who interested in jewelry history. One of my favorite jewelry collectibles!
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"Jewels and Jewelry," by Clare Phillips, is loaded with full-color photographs of a rich assortment of jewelry. The introduction notes that most of the pieces pictured are on display at the Victoria and Albert Museum. The book is divided into 3 main sections: "Materials," "Chronology of Style," and "Manufacturing and Distribution."
The book includes many informative and well-illustrated spreads on a number of topics: the pendants of the Renaissance, pieces celebrating Queen Elizabeth I, 18th century paste jewelry, the Art Nouveau style, etc. The book covers jewelry made from a rich variety of materials--gold, pearls, emeralds, cast glass, brass, coral, platinum, steel, etc. There are even pieces made from such startling material as a real fish head or recycled bus stop signs!
The book portrays the work of an international gallery of artists, together with interesting biographical facts about these creators. Among the many designers included are Gijs Bakker of Holland, Wendy Ramshaw of England, Fritz Maierhofer of Austria, Yasuki Hiramatsu of Japan, and more. Some really unforgettable creations are pictured, ranging from elegant pieces with a traditional flavor to futuristic or quirky pieces. Overall, a superb book that truly celebrates the tremendous imagination and skill of the world's jewelry makers.
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