Jewels & Jewellery (Victoria and Albert Museum)


An impeccably researched and inspiring insight into the evolution of jewellery through the ages, explored through exquisite photography of pieces drawn from the V&A’s outstanding collection


ISBN: 9780500480342 Category:

Clare Phillips


Jewels and Jewellery surveys splendid early medieval pieces and superb examples of Renaissance, Arts and Crafts, Art Nouveau and 21st-century jewellery. Exquisitely detailed photography reveals both rare and precious stones as well as the elaborate techniques of the jeweller’s craft such as chasing, enamelling and cameo.

Claire Phillips considers the history of Western jewellery in three parts, first exploring the materials used by jewellers, then turning to the development of styles in jewellery from the Middle Ages to today, before exploring the ways in which jewellery has been hallmarked, distributed and worn over recent centuries. The book concludes with a glossary, bibliography and list of key designers. Showcasing pieces by Cartier, Tiffany and Liberty, this beautiful volume is the ultimate guide to the history of Western jewellery.

Additional information

Weight 1141 g
Dimensions 20.7 x 29.2 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 1 April 2019
Number of pages 224
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 20.7 x 29.2 cm
Weight 1141 g


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Clare Phillips is Curator of the Department of Decorative Art and Sculpture at the Victoria and Albert Museum.