Collect Contemporary Jewelry


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Joanna Hardy


As a new collector, how do you identify pieces of lasting appeal that will make valuable additions to your jewelry collection? Collect Contemporary Jewelry steers the novice collector through the whole process of acquiring contemporary jewelry, from studying the works of different designers, and the materials and stones they use, through commissioning jewellers, to storing and cleaning pieces.

Forty jewelry artists, both established and emerging, are profiled in detail, with information on their background and training, favoured materials and techniques, and sources of inspiration. The selection is truly international, ranging from the United States, Turkey, Japan and Germany to the United Kingdom and beyond. From Märta Mattsson’s reindeer skin and silver bow brooch to Nora Fok’s knitted nylon finger extensions, Giovanni Corvaja’s ‘gold fur’ pieces and Georg Spreng’s iconic ‘ice-cream cone’ rings, these imaginative creations are guaranteed to include designs to suit all tastes, from the more traditional to the truly adventurous.

Jewelry lovers will feel inspired by the diversity and creativity of the featured works. These artists are the names to watch; they create both the concept and the finished piece, getting involved in all aspects of the creative process and treating jewelry as ‘wearable art’. They share a commitment to craftsmanship and high-quality material.

Collect Contemporary Jewelry will empower any budding collector to make informed choices and so begin building a collection of enduring relevance and value.

Additional information

Weight 552 g
Dimensions 14.5 x 21.3 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 1 February 2012
Number of pages 208
Format Paperback / softback
Contributors Edited by Malcolm Cossons
Dimensions 14.5 x 21.3 cm
Weight 552 g


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Joanna Hardy was senior specialist in the Jewelry Department at Sotheby's London. In 2006 she masterminded and launched 'London Rocks', a pioneering exhibition of contemporary jewelry, and was also the force behind the exhibition 'Art Rocks' at the Shizaru Gallery in Mayfair, London, in Autumn 2011.

Malcolm Cossons is an art writer and editor. He has written articles for numerous publications and edited two guides on collecting Collect Contemporary Photography and Collect Contemporary Jewelry. He is also the author of a children's book Dot to Dot.