The Art of Jewellery in Scotland

 
9780114941543: The Art of Jewellery in Scotland

Jewellery is a subject which has intrigued people for centuries. Taking as their starting point a series of portraits in public and private collections throughout the country, experts in the subject discuss the rings and brooches, bracelets and necklaces which are such an unequivocal statement of the sitters' wealth and power. Their commentaries are supported by specially taken photographs of the paintings and the gems - helping readers trace the changing fashions in jewellery design from the 16th century, when small, plainly-cut stones were displayed in complex, enamelled settings, to the present day, when acrylic and found objects have become sought-after items of personal adornment. What connection do luckenbooth brooches have with Mary, Queens of Scots? Do "cairngorms" really come from the Highlands, and why do so few women in 17th century portraits wear their wedding rings? These are just a few of the questions answered in this study. Contributors are: George Dalgleish, who has written numerous articles and catalogues on Scottish silver, jewellery and ceramics; Charlotte Gere, author of a number of books on the applied arts, particularly 19th century jewellery; Dr Elizabeth Goring who is responsible for the Scottish national collection of foreign archaeology and modern jewellery; Dr Rosalind Marshall who specializes in portraiture as a source for social history; and Diana Scarisbrick, FSA, member of the Society of Jewellery Historians, who has published widely in her field.

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