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The Alice and Louis Koch Collection of finger rings was originally collated by a jeweller from Frankfurt am Main, once described as the German 'Cartier and Faberge'. By 1909 the collection comprised 1,722 rings from Antiquity to 1900. Rene Lalique, a contemporary of the time, was included, undoubtedly as a moderniser of the ring form. In the past twenty-five years the fourth generation of the family continued where Louis Koch and his wife Alice left off and expanded the collection to include rings from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. This publication will present the complete collection of contemporary rings, now kept in the Swiss National Museum, Zurich. Nearly 600 rings by artist jewellers from around the world document how these miniature works of art have become modern sculptures showcasing new materials and techniques, daring designs and current themes. Text in English and German.
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 jewellery making, creating some of the most spectacular objects known to humankind. This volume, geared toward jewellery makers, scholars, scientists, students and fashionistas alike, begins with a lively introduction that offers a cultural history of jewellery and its production. The main text provides information on the most common, iconic and culturally significant forms of jewellery and also covers materials, techniques, and manufacturing processes. Containing eighty colour illustrations, this guide will be invaluable to all those wishing to increase their understanding and enjoyment of the art of jewellery.
From medieval pilgrim badges and Renaissance hat decorations to jewelled brooches and twentieth-century political pins, brooches and badges are often more than practical or decorative dress fasteners; they are expressions of identity. Focusing on the V&A(1)s world-famous collection, Brooches & Badges explores the evolution of these intricate and versatile works of art, and the way in which changes in dress have dictated their use.
Explore the beauty of India's undiscovered gems! India has some of the world's most beautiful gemstones: especially when it comes to flawless Golconda diamonds and the finest Kashmir sapphire. You'll soon find yourself mesmerised by the variety of gemstones to be found in this majestic country and spoilt for choice. It is great fun shopping for gemstones in India but (as with many other places in the world) you should remember one thing - buyer beware! Offering practical advice, tips and the essential questions to ask, Buying Gemstones and Jewellery in India will help you avoid the tricks of the trade on your holiday. Written by Kim Rix, a gemmologist (GIA) and professional photographer who has travelled to more than 50 countries in her lifetime, this essential guide for tourists is part of the Gemstone Detective series. It cuts through the jargon - for the benefit of hobbyists, gem collectors and jewellery lovers. Kim Rix is dedicated to visiting each country in the Gemstone Detective series to provide readers with up-to-date and trusted information. Without this book, you could make a very expensive mistake!
The fabled land of Nubia, whose very name means 'gold,' was famous in ancient times for its supplies of precious metal, exotic material, and intricate craftsmanship. Many of the adornments made in Nubia are masterpieces of the jeweler's art-marvels of design and construction rivaling, and often surpassing, adornments made in Egypt and the rest of the ancient Mediterranean world. Although these unique treasures are among the most stunning to have survived from antiquity, they remain little known. Richly illustrated with beautiful photographs of these exquisite items, many of them never before published, Nubian Gold also places the jewelry within the cultural contexts in which it was manufactured and employed. It tells the story not only of the treasures themselves but of the exciting tales of their discovery and the rich background of the exotic and remote civilizations that produced them. The book also explores the innovative techniques used to procure the precious materials used in the jewelry and to craft them into intricate ornaments replete with magical purpose and coded meaning.Featured in the book are not only the intricately crafted pieces themselves but depictions of them in sculpture, relief, and painting as well as references to them in ancient texts, locating them within the full spectrum of Nubian history, from the earliest beginnings of society to the advent of Christianity.
Jewels and Jewellery surveys splendid early medieval pieces and superb examples of Renaissance, Arts and Crafts, Art Nouveau and 21st-century jewellery. Exquisitely detailed photography reveals both rare and precious stones as well as the elaborate techniques of the jeweller's craft such as chasing, enamelling and cameo. Claire Phillips considers the history of Western jewellery in three parts, first exploring the materials used by jewellers, then turning to the development of styles in jewellery from the Middle Ages to today, before exploring the ways in which jewellery has been hallmarked, distributed and worn over recent centuries. The book concludes with a glossary, bibliography and list of key designers. Showcasing pieces by Cartier, Tiffany and Liberty, this beautiful volume is the ultimate guide to the history of Western jewellery.
This pocket travel guide is part of the `Gemstone Detective' series, created for those planning a trip to the vibrant country of Thailand. Known as the `Land of Smiles', Thailand is famous for its exquisite gemstones and jewellery. Written by Kim Rix, a gemmologist (GIA) and professional photographer who has travelled to more than 50 countries, this book explains in layman's terms how to make a savvy purchase to treasure forever. If you are considering buying a gemstone or piece of jewellery on your holiday, this invaluable hand-book contains all the practical advice, tips and essential grassroots information you need to make your purchase - no matter how big or small. Whether you are shopping for a special occasion or simply for a souvenir, Buying Gemstones and Jewellery in Thailand will help you avoid the infamous gem scams all tourists need to avoid. Kim Rix is dedicated to visiting each country in the `Gemstone Detective' series to provide readers with up-to-date and trusted information to help travellers avoid the cons, tricks and disappointments of a bad buying decision. Without this book, you could make a very expensive mistake!