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What is a cabochon? What are the various types of gilding? What is vermeil? This accessible book—the first of its kind—offers concise explanations of key jewelry terms. The fascination with personal adornment is universal. It is a preoccupation that is primal, instinctive, and uniquely human. Jewelry encompasses a seemingly endless number of ornaments produced across time and in all cultures. The range of materials and techniques used in its construction is extraordinary, even revolutionary, with new substances and methods of fabrication added with every generation. In any given society, master artisans have devoted their time, energy, and talent to the fine art of jewelry making, creating some of the most spectacular objects known to humankind. This volume, geared toward jewelry makers, scholars, scientists, students, and fashionistas alike, begins with a lively introduction that offers a cultural history of jewelry and its production. The main text provides information on the most common, iconic, and culturally significant forms of jewelry and also covers materials, techniques, and manufacturing processes. Containing more than eighty color illustrations, this guide will be invaluable to all those wishing to increase their understanding and enjoyment of the art of jewelry.
About the Author
Susanne Gänsicke is senior conservator and head of antiquities conservation at the J. Paul Getty Museum. Yvonne J . Markowitz is the Rita J. Kaplan and Susan B. Kaplan Curator Emerita of Jewelry at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
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Looking at Jewelry: A Guide to Terms, Styles, and Techniques based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
This book was soooo informative on the history or jewelry. You can tell the author did an extreme amount of research and the photos are beautiful as well. I do wish it had more photographs of the jewelry and such but once I began reading, I understood why it didn't. It's more a real informative book on jewelry rather than a photo book of jewelry. I love both, so I'm not disappointed at all. I really recommend this book to those who want background information or just someone who wants to learn about the history behind styles of jewelry. [[If you want a book full of photographs with limited text, this is not for you!]]
This is a well-written book about the past and present of jewelry creations. It has been meticulously researched and very detailed in the explanations and the addition of photos to give further understanding. I’ve been involved in the crafting of jewelry for over five years and found this book especially informative. It will positively make its way into my personal library! I received an arc from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
Interesting information and some beautiful photos! I really enjoyed learning more about the history of jewelry in different cultures.