A resplendent visual history of jewelry during the last century!
Whether they are precious stones or costume jewelry, beads and baubles
have never failed to fascinate. Christie's Twentieth-Century Jewelry
tells the beguiling story of decorative jewelry over the past 100
years. This authoritative and beautifully illustrated guide details
how jewelry fashion became inevitably entwined with the swirling
rush of socio-political changes that characterized the last century-from
the glittering wares of the affluent 1920s, to the cheaper yet highly
innovative jewelry of the war years, to the dwindling years of the
century when an exciting variety of sculptural designs proliferated.
It also links the important technological advances of the 20th century
with the creativity of such legendary jewelry artists as Boucheron,
Cartier, Tiffany, Lalique, and Dali, along with such modern artisans
as Jackie Mina, Gillian Packard, and Andrew Logan. Superbly illustrated
with over 120 lavish images from Christie's archives and private
collections, this book is an essential gift for history lovers,
nostalgia fans, collectors, and anyone else who is fascinated by
the art of beautiful jewelry.
About the Author
David Lancaster is a director of Christie's South Kensington and
head of the jewelry department. He is a fellow of the Gemological
Association, earned the Diamond Diploma from the Gemological Institute
of America, and is a committee member of the Society of Jewelry
Historians. Sally Everitt is a specialist in the jewelry department
of Christie's South Kensington. She sits on the Members Council
of the Gemological Association and is the examiner for the jewelry
section of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors in the UK.
David Lancaster and Sally Everitt live in Hertfordshire, just
north of London.
Hardcover: 192 pages
Publisher: Watson-Guptill Publications (October
Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 10.2 x 0.9 inches