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A tribute to the jeweler's art showcases examples of precious earrings covering every period and style, from the classic Greek, through diamond and emerald girondoles, to the neoclassical discs popular at the end of the ninteenth century
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In spirited and informed prose, the authors take us on a historical tour of one of the oldest of human ornaments. The earliest archaeological evidence for earrings indicates an origin in Western Asia perhaps 5000 years ago. They remained a constant in fashion for women (and now and then for men, although this book does not trace male earrings except in passing) until the 11th century. Medieval fashion in hairdressing and clothing obscured the ear, so earrings virtually disappeared in Europe until the 17th century. Beginning with elegant pearl drops, earrings reappeared then and have remained a favorite form of jewelry ever since. Color and black-and-white photographs and renderings comprise perhaps half the book: clear, plentiful, gorgeous, and carefully keyed to the text. This is museum-quality work--no funky plastic baubles here (although the Victorian fishbowls, complete with fish, give one pause). It is all enchanting, the more so because the styles and shapes are so recognizably familiar over the many centuries.
- GraceAnne A. DeCandido, "School Library Journal"
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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