Evolving Southwest Indian Jewelry

Evolving Southwest Indian Jewelry

by Nancy N. Schiffer
     
 

Collectors and dealers will be the audience for this handsome volume on jewelry created mainly in silver and turquoise. Short introductions are provided for each chapter, with descriptions of the different techniques. The book's main focus is the survey of examples, which are presented in color photographs with descriptive and sometimes lengthy captions. Examples are… See more details below

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Collectors and dealers will be the audience for this handsome volume on jewelry created mainly in silver and turquoise. Short introductions are provided for each chapter, with descriptions of the different techniques. The book's main focus is the survey of examples, which are presented in color photographs with descriptive and sometimes lengthy captions. Examples are included from the early 20th century through the present and organized by type, including belts, buckles, bracelets, bolo ties, earrings, rings, pins, necklaces, and matching sets. Annotation ©2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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Library Journal - Library Journal
Although the distinctive silver jewelry created by Indians of the American Southwest dates back at least to the mid-19th century, since that time white traders have influenced various aspects of this art form. Here art appraiser and prolific author Schiffer traces these influences, naming individual traders and the Indian artists who emerged to create many of the illustrated items of jewelry in this book. The more than 500 color photographs of the pieces are organized by category, with an index of artists in the back. Unfortunately, not all pieces shown are identified by artist, and not every piece's tribal provenance is known. Nevertheless, a rich array of belts, bracelets, bolo ties, earrings, necklaces, pins, and rings are pictured. Most are made of silver-a recent innovation is the use of gold-and the ubiquitous turquoise, but other stones and beads are also used. One of the chapters is devoted to traditional jewelry-making techniques, a second to modern innovations. This book will please connoisseurs of Southwest Indian jewelry but is not a comprehensive guide to the jewelry of the region. Its value is in the visual pleasure from looking at the great variety of items pictured. Recommended for large public and academic libraries.-Therese Duzinkiewicz Baker, Western Kentucky Univ. Libs., Bowling Green Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780764317231
Publisher:
Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.
Publication date:
08/30/2003
Series:
A Schiffer Book for Collectors Ser.
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
964,623
Product dimensions:
8.90(w) x 12.10(h) x 1.10(d)

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