- Brings together in one volume identification and dating of jewellery made in the last 200 years
- Almost 1,000 superb colour illustrations to help facilitate identification and understanding
- Written in straightforward, non-technical English, with a new chapter to bring the book into the twenty-first century
- A standard work of reference
Understanding Jewellery is a comprehensive guide to 19th and 20th Century jewellery. From the methods used to identify and date pieces, to the factors that can affect their value, this volume contains an abundance of expertise relating to precious stones and metals.
With almost 1000 magnificent colour illustrations accompanied by straightforward but thorough explanations, this publication offers a richer and more accessible reading experience than traditional text-dominated books. Including introductions to precious and semi-precious stones, and details of the stylistic developments of jewellery over the last 200 years, this volume is a standard work of reference and aninvaluable tool for collectors and dealers alike.
"This book is an excellent guide to some of the finer points of both antique and contemporary jewellery, not least because of the vast quantity of photographs and illustrations, and will be of great use to dealers and collectors." - Antiques Bulletin
David Bennett is Chairman of Sotheby's International Jewellery Division for Europe and the Middle East.
Daniela Mascetti has been with Sotheby's since 1980, started the jewellery department in Milan and is now a senior expert and director, based in London. Both authors are Fellows of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain.