This panoramic illustrated history explores the varied styles, techniques and materials used to make jewellery throughout the world since earliest times. Egyptian necklaces, Celtic torcs, South American gold masks, Renaissance pendants and Art Nouveau buckles are among the range of masterpieces described by a team of experts from the British Museum and illustrated with 400 superb photographs. This reissue includes images of major acquisitions made in the last ten years, particularly from Europe since 1700 and from Asia.
"People researching the subject need look no further than this book...the most comprehensive coverage of the worldwide history of jewellery."
-- Craftsman Magazine, April 2007
Hugh Tait, formerly a Deputy Keeper at the British Museum, was an internationally recognized scholar in the field of European decorative arts and a former president of the Society of Jewellery Historians. His many publications include (as editor) The Art of the Jeweller: A Catalogue of the Hull Grundy Gift to the British Museum and Five Thousand Years of Glass.