Long or short, gold, silver, bejeweled, or plastic, wildly experimental or traditionally crafted, what is won around the neck cannot be ignored. In this stunning book, two highly regarded jewelry experts show how the necklace has been shaped and reshaped through the centuries by successive fashions, techniques, and materials.
Primarily devoted to the necklace in the 19th and 20th centuries, the period most accessible to the collector and connoisseur, this volume highlights early 19th-century cameos, the Art Nouveau innovations of Lalique, turn-of-the-century diamond chokers, long, graceful 1920s sautoirs, and the exuberant creations of the 1960s. There are also substantial sections on the earlier history of the form: Egyptian broad collars and Celtic gold torcs, Greek and Roman chains and medallions, Renaissance pendants, and the pearl necklaces popular in the 17th century.
With an authoritative text and an illustrated catalogue iof necklace types, The Necklace will be a sparkling source of inspiration and a standard reference on the subject for years to come.
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FOREWORD BY HUGH TAIT
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