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What is a cabochon? What are the various types of gilding? What is vermeil? This accessible book—the first of its kind—offers concise explanations of key jewelry terms. The fascination with personal adornment is universal. It is a preoccupation that is primal, instinctive, and uniquely human. Jewelry encompasses a seemingly endless number of ornaments produced across time What is a cabochon? What are the various types of gilding? What is vermeil? This accessible book—the first of its kind—offers concise explanations of key jewelry terms. The fascination with personal adornment is universal. It is a preoccupation that is primal, instinctive, and uniquely human. Jewelry encompasses a seemingly endless number of ornaments produced across time and in all cultures. The range of materials and techniques used in its construction is extraordinary, even revolutionary, with new substances and methods of fabrication added with every generation. In any given society, master artisans have devoted their time, energy, and talent to the fine art of jewelry making, creating some of the most spectacular objects known to humankind.   This volume, geared toward jewelry makers, scholars, scientists, students, and fashionistas alike, begins with a lively introduction that offers a cultural history of jewelry and its production. The main text provides information on the most common, iconic, and culturally significant forms of jewelry and also covers materials, techniques, and manufacturing processes. Containing more than eighty color illustrations, this guide will be invaluable to all those wishing to increase their understanding and enjoyment of the art of jewelry.  


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What is a cabochon? What are the various types of gilding? What is vermeil? This accessible book—the first of its kind—offers concise explanations of key jewelry terms. The fascination with personal adornment is universal. It is a preoccupation that is primal, instinctive, and uniquely human. Jewelry encompasses a seemingly endless number of ornaments produced across time What is a cabochon? What are the various types of gilding? What is vermeil? This accessible book—the first of its kind—offers concise explanations of key jewelry terms. The fascination with personal adornment is universal. It is a preoccupation that is primal, instinctive, and uniquely human. Jewelry encompasses a seemingly endless number of ornaments produced across time and in all cultures. The range of materials and techniques used in its construction is extraordinary, even revolutionary, with new substances and methods of fabrication added with every generation. In any given society, master artisans have devoted their time, energy, and talent to the fine art of jewelry making, creating some of the most spectacular objects known to humankind.   This volume, geared toward jewelry makers, scholars, scientists, students, and fashionistas alike, begins with a lively introduction that offers a cultural history of jewelry and its production. The main text provides information on the most common, iconic, and culturally significant forms of jewelry and also covers materials, techniques, and manufacturing processes. Containing more than eighty color illustrations, this guide will be invaluable to all those wishing to increase their understanding and enjoyment of the art of jewelry.  

33 review for Looking at Jewelry: A Guide to Terms, Styles, and Techniques

  1. 4 out of 5

    Janet

    When it is hot as heck outside and there is nothing cool to do but reading as everything else makes you end up a sweaty mess, it is the perfect day for a speed reader. I received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸. What is a cabochon? What are the various types of gilding? What is verme When it is hot as heck outside and there is nothing cool to do but reading as everything else makes you end up a sweaty mess, it is the perfect day for a speed reader. I received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸. What is a cabochon? What are the various types of gilding? What is vermeil? This accessible book—the first of its kind—offers concise explanations of key jewellery terms. The fascination with personal adornment is universal. It is a preoccupation that is primal, instinctive, and uniquely human. Jewellery encompasses a seemingly endless number of ornaments produced across time and in all cultures. The range of materials and techniques used in its construction is extraordinary, even revolutionary, with new substances and methods of fabrication added with every generation. In any given society, master artisans have devoted their time, energy, and talent to the fine art of jewellery making, creating some of the most spectacular objects known to humankind. This volume, geared toward jewellery makers, scholars, scientists, students, and fashionistas alike, begins with a lively introduction that offers a cultural history of jewellery and its production. The main text provides information on the most common, iconic, and culturally significant forms of jewellery and also covers materials, techniques, and manufacturing processes. Containing more than eighty colour illustrations, this guide will be invaluable to all those wishing to increase their understanding and enjoyment of the art of jewellery. This was a gorgeous book that was sadly lacking in photos - it had "more than 80" but I wish that it had about 800 - I am a visual person so an illustration of every term would have been nice. That aside, the book was expertly researched and written - and thanks to its exhaustive list of terms I now know what Roxie Hart meant bu a "lavalier down to my waist". (Ditto a STOMACHER n all the Philippa Gregory / Alison Weir books --- I now want one to cover my pudge!) This is the perfect book for the jewellery lover or art student in your life - I expect nothing less from The Getty Museum! As always, I try to find a reason to not rate with stars as I love emojis (outside of their incessant use by "Social Influencer Millennials" on Instagram and Twitter) so let's give it 💍💍💍💍

  2. 4 out of 5

    Annie

    Originally published on my blog: Nonstop Reader. Looking at Jewelry is a concise history and glossary for jewelry making and adornment from prehistory to the modern era. The introductory chapter defines and develops the definitions of adornment, the differences between jewelry and clothing, style and materials, and methods of construction. Due out 25th June 2019 from the J. Paul Getty museum, it's 132 pages and available in paperback format. The introductory chapter (~12% of the page content) is f Originally published on my blog: Nonstop Reader. Looking at Jewelry is a concise history and glossary for jewelry making and adornment from prehistory to the modern era. The introductory chapter defines and develops the definitions of adornment, the differences between jewelry and clothing, style and materials, and methods of construction. Due out 25th June 2019 from the J. Paul Getty museum, it's 132 pages and available in paperback format. The introductory chapter (~12% of the page content) is followed by a glossary/dictionary (75%), and a bibliography/further reading list, illustration credits, and short index complete the content. The book is perhaps not as lavishly illustrated as it might have been (not a coffee table book), though the illustrations and photographs which are included are interestingly chosen and eclectic in their variety. The book also shows an impressively diverse treatment of the subject with no particular emphasis on western or European art. There is a wide variety of adornment from a broad selection of cultures including native peoples and Eastern cultures. The glossary and definitions are correct and well defined. I think this would make a good library book, or perhaps a good addition to an artist/craftsman's design inspiration collection. There are a number of pieces in the book which had me doodling out designs and alternatives immediately. Just the cover piece provides a rich selection of design elements. Four stars. Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Laurie Garrison

    I recently started making handmade jewelry and have been looking for a book to help take me deeper into the art of jewelry. This book did that and so much more. This book gives you history, detail of material that is used in making jewelry, different techniques, and anything that has to do with any type of jewelry past or present you’ll find in this book. You also get nice images of works of jewelry makers past and present. Once you start reading you’ll notice right of the bat that there was a l I recently started making handmade jewelry and have been looking for a book to help take me deeper into the art of jewelry. This book did that and so much more. This book gives you history, detail of material that is used in making jewelry, different techniques, and anything that has to do with any type of jewelry past or present you’ll find in this book. You also get nice images of works of jewelry makers past and present. Once you start reading you’ll notice right of the bat that there was a lot of research that went into this book, that will help newbie – advance jewelry makers which are looking into knowing more about the craft.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Alicia

    This book was soooo informative on the history or jewelry. You can tell the author did an extreme amount of research and the photos are beautiful as well. I do wish it had more photographs of the jewelry and such but once I began reading, I understood why it didn't. It's more a real informative book on jewelry rather than a photo book of jewelry. I love both, so I'm not disappointed at all. I really recommend this book to those who want background information or just someone who wants to learn a This book was soooo informative on the history or jewelry. You can tell the author did an extreme amount of research and the photos are beautiful as well. I do wish it had more photographs of the jewelry and such but once I began reading, I understood why it didn't. It's more a real informative book on jewelry rather than a photo book of jewelry. I love both, so I'm not disappointed at all. I really recommend this book to those who want background information or just someone who wants to learn about the history behind styles of jewelry. [[If you want a book full of photographs with limited text, this is not for you!]]

  5. 5 out of 5

    Arlene Arredondo

    A great guide for any jewel and fashion enthusiast. This book gives us a detailed information on how to describe this pieces of art, and the history and importance that was given as protection amulets and hierarchy status markers. Note: I received and ARC for review purposes and an honest and unbiased opinion.

  6. 4 out of 5

    January Gray

    A wonderful, exhaustively researched book about jewelry past and present. I learned a lot from this gem of a book! A great resource for those who style, create or simply just love jewelry. I cannot recommend this book enough! It would make an excellent gift for someone in your life!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Roslyn Stillman

    This is not what I expected but for someone who is interested in the history of jewelry they would find it very informative. There is a nice range of photos and cover a wide range of cultures, with lots of information. I received this book as an ARC and was happy to review it.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Technical reference work. Not many color illustrations, but a few excellent ones: exquisitely intricate nose ornament with spiders, Peru (Salinar culture) 100 BCE-200 CE and whimsical lampworked glass bead in the form of a bearded man, Phoenician (Olbia, Ukraine), 5th or 4th century BCE

  9. 5 out of 5

    Gwen

    This is a great instructional and informational book for anyone wanting to get into jewelry making, or like myself, am studying Geography and Geology at a state college. Wonderful information.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Erinne

    Great historical book with lots of information for those interested in jewellery. Highly recommend to everyone who shares this interest on any level.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Gill

    A beautiful book, with the breadth to interest many. Technical, aesthetically, and with gorgeous illustrations.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Michael Duncan

  13. 5 out of 5

    Arlene

  14. 4 out of 5

    Rose Lilian

  15. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    This is a well-written book about the past and present of jewelry creations. It has been meticulously researched and very detailed in the explanations and the addition of photos to give further understanding. I’ve been involved in the crafting of jewelry for over five years and found this book especially informative. It will positively make its way into my personal library! I received an arc from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Matt

  17. 4 out of 5

    Robin

  18. 5 out of 5

    Laurie B. Rivera

  19. 4 out of 5

    Brynn Vliem

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Stoner

  21. 4 out of 5

    Giovanna

  22. 4 out of 5

    rêveur d'art

  23. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth De la Peña

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sophie

  25. 5 out of 5

    Dylan

  26. 5 out of 5

    Myrto

  27. 4 out of 5

    Madeleine Senko

  28. 5 out of 5

    Marilyn Rietveld

  29. 5 out of 5

    Gini

  30. 4 out of 5

    Vida

  31. 5 out of 5

    Natasha

  32. 5 out of 5

    Patience

  33. 4 out of 5

    Laura Brown

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