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New Books Available On Jewelry, Metalwork
And Mother-of-Pearl

BOOK REVIEWS

Even Barbie wears earrings!

A book most women will find irresistible is I Love Those Earrings, by Jane Merrill and Chris Filstrup. Sub-titled, “A Popular History from Ancient to Modern,” the authors tell us that they are not only objects of adornment but objects that can carry a message. These messages can range from mourning a dead king to carrying the message that a proper Victorian believed in Darwin.

Styles in earrings have not changed as much as through the years as has happened with most objects of fashion. It is fascinating to see in many of the paintings of the old masters the beautiful long dangling earrings that the female subjects are wearing. Those earrings could still be happily worn by women today. However, in the 20th century, there were some fun additions to the earrings being made as costume jewelry.

If you love jewelry, and earrings in particular, you’ll certainly love this book. And there’s a chapter for the guys, too, called “Studs Who Wear Them.”

I Love Those Earrings, (ISBN: 978-0-7643-4516-6), hardback, is priced at $59.99.

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This sterling necklace with an inset moonstone was designed by the Kalo Shop in 1904.

Arts & Crafts Metalwork & Jewelry, 1890-1940, by Darcy L. Evon, covers an interesting period in American decorative history, spearheaded by the World’s Fair in Chicago in 1893.

Following the ideas that were introduced there, hundreds of metalwork and jewelry companies and studios had been established by the beginning of the 20th century. These trends started in the Midwest and from there expanded to the rest of the country.

This book features the activities of the Midwest, first those of Chicago and then those of many of the other Midwestern states. Special attention is given to the Kalo Shop, the leader in innovation in arts and crafts design, jewelry and metalwork.

Arts & Crafts Metalwork & Jewelry (ISBN: 978-0-7643-4485-5), hardback, is priced at $79.99

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These objects that look like snow-flakes are actually threadwinders. They were made in France from 1800 to 1820.

Mother-of-Pearl Antiques and Collectibles, by Michael Meyer, Dawn Meyer and Patricia Martin, is a well-researched book on the history, collection and craft of carved mother-of-pearl. Over 5,000 photographs have been used to illustrate the topic.

Although mother-of-pearl has been used for decorative purposes for thousands of years, it wasn’t until the 19th century that it became amazingly popular and used in hundreds of different ways.

Following a brief history and description of the areas and types of shells from which the product comes, the chapters of the book are arranged by the product. These include carvings, decorative arts, sewing tools, rattles, desk accessories, spectacles, religious objects, dental and medical pieces and more. It seems that there was hardly anything that could not be decorated with mother-of-pearl.

Mother-of-Pearl Antiques and Collectibles (ISBN: 978-0-7643-4528-0), hardback, is priced at $75.

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Note: none of the above books is a price guide.

The books are available from your local bookseller, online at www.schifferbooks.com or from the publisher, email:Info@schifferbooks.com.

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