A presentation of the history of earrings from prehistory to modern times. The first part of the book relates how the fashion of wearing precious earrings spread through the Mediterranean region from Ancient Egypt to Mycenae, to the Classical Greek, Roman and Hellenistic worlds, to Byzantium. From the 18th century, when the techniques of cutting ...
A presentation of the history of earrings from prehistory to modern times. The first part of the book relates how the fashion of wearing precious earrings spread through the Mediterranean region from Ancient Egypt to Mycenae, to the Classical Greek, Roman and Hellenistic worlds, to Byzantium. From the 18th century, when the techniques of cutting coloured gemstones and diamonds were perfected, the design of earrings evolved towards its most stylish and glamorous. Extraordinary revivals of Classical and Roman motifs are shown here, the bold lines of art deco, and modern designs, created by the leading European and American designers. The great names among the designers and international jewellery houses are all represented, among them Boucheron, Cartier, Mellerio, Van Cleef and Arpels, Verdura, Andrew Grima, Bulgari, Marina B., David Webb, Harry Winston and Graff. A substantial part of the book comprises illustrations, covering every period and style from Rococo flowers to chaste Neoclassical discs.
Publishers Weekly, 1990-12-07 The styles and value of earrings, whether shaped like starbursts, beetles or baskets, may have changed since this accessory's beginnings in 3000 B.C. But what has remained constant is the willingness of women to subject themselves, for the sake of fashion, to the painful piercing of their lobes. Indeed, this initiatory rite proclaims, for many, passage into womanhood. The history of the ornaments fabricated to hug or hang, sometimes with great weight, is here related scrupulously and somewhat repetitiously by two representatives of Sotheby's London jewelry division. Mascetti and Triossi's account, augmented by 600 illustrations--including sketches and sharply reproduced color and black-and-white photos--chronicles earring design from the basic hoop and disc of the Egyptians through the mini-chandelier-like girandoles and pendelogues popular from the 17th century on. Whether the raw materials were egg-size diamonds, matched pearls, gemstones, gold, silver or platinum, the skilled hands of master artisans like Fontenay and Lalique have earned their creations the respectful title of haute joaillerie82 . And with good reason, as this glittering book proves. (Jan.)
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