Secrets of Aromatic Jewelry

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Flammarion, 1998 - Design - 191 pages
Fragrance has been borne in and dispensed from beautiful objects since ancient times. From the hollowed-out jewels crafted by the Etruscans to T'ang censers suspended from neck chains, to the breathtaking creations of master craftsmen and world-famous jewelry houses such as Tiffany, Boucheron, Faberge, and Lalique, to today's microencapsulated scent-strip wristlets, aromatic jewelry has played a fascinating and revealing role in our social and cultural history, and in the stimulation of our sensory imaginations.

This beautifully illustrated book traces the story of perfume as ornamentation. Jewelry forms were created as portable storehouses for solid or liquid scent, or were themselves made of fragrant materials: resinous beads, pomanders, pendant flacons, spice boxes, bouquet holders, vinaigrettes -- the intricate craftsmanship of these objects reflecting and enhancing the development of the arts of perfume making, glass making and metalwork. While glass and porcelain perfume bottles have long been prized collectors' items, this book shows that aromatic jewelry has always had a dynamic of its own, reinventing itself according to the fashion and fragrance needs of each era: rings, lapel pins and pendants, necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and even lorgnettes and whistles have all carried perfume, and bear witness to the continuing importance of an intimate relationship between fragrance and the forging ora personal image.

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Preface by Annette Green
An Overview of Aromatic Jewelry

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