The triumphant result of more than 35 years of research, this sumptuous book is a comprehensive presentation of one of the greatest of the world's jewelry traditions.
The stunning display of individual ornaments is supplemented by full documentation of hundreds of pieces.
More than 5,000 years of the development of personal ornament are traced, as major themes, variations on basic forms, the use of gemstones, and cross-cultural influences are analysed and comprehensively illustrated.
Alongside form and technique, the influences of myth and religion, social structure, economics and politics illuminate the context in which jewelry of exquisite beauty and great originality has been created.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 432 pages, 870 illustrations, 220 in colour
- Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
- Publication Date: 11/08/2008
- Category: Precious metal & precious stones: artworks & design
- ISBN: 9780500287491