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7000 Years of Jewelry

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  111 ratings  ·  6 reviews
The most comprehensive and beautifully illustrated history of jewelry.

The previous edition of this exhaustive survey was published to critical acclaim by the British Museum Press. Since publication, the museum has expanded its collection, with major acquisitions of pieces from Europe and Asia. The new edition includes a complete revision of the section on Europe after 1700
Paperback, 256 pages
Published September 12th 2008 by Firefly Books (first published 1987)
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Jan 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
The history of jewelry from seals and signet rings and male-focused pieces, to religious devotion pieces, to tokens of affection and marriage is fascinating. You will be surprised at how many of these pieces have influenced contemporary jewelry. I would have liked to have seen more modern jewelry in the mix however--the most recent is from the 1950s.
Mar 21, 2012 rated it liked it
Not a lot of info, but the photos are pretty!
Jul 30, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
So many words, so little info. Took me several tries and then a concerted effort to finish it. Extremely dry, poorly organized. I understand that it's the museum's collection, but it seems like they ought to have just subtitled it western history than have a few vague throw ins about other continents and portray it as comprehensive.

Some beautiful photographs, but an astounding number in black and white, which given that they're owned seems like they could have been portrayed in color. Especially
A really beautiful and comprehensive book. There is a lot of silver and enamel work and carved gemstones, as well as gold items.
Nov 25, 2008 rated it liked it
So far this book is quite interesting, the pictures are superb however it is fairly dry reading. I am enjoying it slowly.
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