The volume presents an extraordinary collection of jewels, jewellers and international maisons that, from the start of the twentieth century to the present day, have interpreted the evolution of style in their precious creations.
It is a global journey which takes us from France to Asia, from the United States to Italy, from Britain to Germany and from the Netherlands to Scandinavia. From the Art Nouveau masterpieces of Lalique, Vever and Fouquet to Art Deco elegance and the wonders of Cartier, Boucheron, Tiffany, Mario Buccellati and Fabergé. From the inventions of Van Cleef & Arpels and Bulgari in the 1950s to the Dutch avant-garde and the artist’s jewel of the 1960s, culminating in the works created by contemporary designers and couturiers. The book closes with the new millennium, and the introduction of digital manufacturing like 3D printing and wearable technologies but also of new creative, production, distribution and communication processes deriving from open-source models which are defining the future scenarios in jewellery design. A brilliant historical-critical essay introduces a magnificent selection of pictures, designed to be an ideal gallery of jewellery masterpieces from the twentieth century to the present, accompanied by an exhaustive glossary of both traditional and innovative techniques and materials.