An Illustrated Dictionary of Jewelry, Paperback

An Illustrated Dictionary of Jewelry Paperback

Edited by Harold Newman

5 out of 5 (1 rating)


From the AA Pendant (a jewel in the Green Vault at Dresden) to Zuni jewelry (from New Mexico), this popular reference work provides collectors, students and dealers in jewelry with an authoritative fully-illustrated guide to the subject.

Harold Newman, who was a famous collector and writer on the decorative arts, incorporates definitions of terms relating to the processes used in jewelry making, descriptions of the principal gemstones and their characteristics, brief histories of famous named jewels and gemstones, and biographical entries on designers and makers of jewelry from the Renaissance to modern times.

With its extensive cross-referencing and selected bibliographical references for further reading, this volume has no rival.




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Knowing that a book is from Thames and Hudson is always a recommendation to me, and this did not disappoint. It is loaded iwth information about designers; styles and types of jewelry; famous jewels and hoards of jewelry; techniques for cutting gemstones, etc. The entries frequently contain cross-references to related topics. Numerous pictures are in the outer margins of the page to illustrate many of the terms. The one disappointment is that more of these are not in color. (O.K., maybe that is asking a lot).I expect this to be an extremely useful reference tool.