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Looking at Jewelry: A Guide to Terms, Styles, and Techniques
is a volume as useful as it is beautiful. A compendium of jewelry terms and techniques covering prehistory to the present, this book is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in the history of the decorative arts. It is filled with insightful discussions by its expert authors and lavishly illustrated with stunning color photographs throughout. A treasure both to own and to give, this book is sure to have pride of place in any library.
— Peter Lacovara, Director Ancient Egyptian Heritage and Archaeology Fund
Jewelry of all periods, its origins, history and meaning, as well as its design and creation has been a lifelong interest. Looking at Jewelry: A Guide to Terms, Styles, and Techniques is the book I have always wanted and needed without even realizing it.
The authors have gathered a storehouse of information about all aspects of jewelry and have presented it in a delightfully readable form, buoyed by beautiful illustrations. Don't be fooled into assuming that the small volume is just for the novice. Professionals will also find it a welcome addition to their library, as will those curious about the terms one occasionally stumbles over: asterism, gutta percha, box clasp, a fede ring—what is cuttlebone casting? Now I know.
— Biri Fay, Independent scholar specializing in the art of ancient Egypt
“If you are a jewelry historian, collector, appraiser, jeweler or anyone who loves jewelry you should own this extremely useful reference book.”
— Adornment, The Magazine of Jewelry & Related Arts
“A worthy addition to any jewelry library.”
— The Adventurine“
This lusciously illustrated dictionary is a must for anyone interested in jewelry—antiquarians, scholars, appraisers, and amateurs alike.”
“The expertise of the authors ensures that all, even those who have been ‘in the business’ for a long period, could learn something and spend more time thinking about this cross-pollination of ideas, designs and techniques in what is a richly international field of study.”
— Jewellery History Today
“A useful, wide-ranging dictionary.”
— The Journal of Gemmology