International Jewelery Dictionary

International Jewelery Dictionary
International Jewelery Dictionary
French version


Author: Marguerite de Cerval

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30,5 x 22,5 cm
Le Regard
Bookshop, Jewels, Exhibition


Sentimental, weapon of seduction, attribute of power, cultural heritage, currency of exchange, ornament of pagan beauty, symbolic representation of religions, ritual object, initiatory instrument or simple adornment. In gold, bronze, feathers, ivory, decorated with precious stones, rock crystal, glass ... Or unusual or otherwise vulgar materials, the jewel unfolds across all civilizations and this since - could we say - the Creation of the world. To better move in this landscape with unlimited spectrum, it was necessary to have a simple tool to embrace its culture, technique, history, economy, geography or news through 2,500 representative entries of these different fields of action.

This dictionary offers biographical entries, thematic entries in alphabetical order, which address topics requiring further development such as stylistic entities, historical trends, ethnic groups, continents, gems ... The vocabulary of the jewel, the materials - precious or poor - the authors who have studied the subject, the institutions, the collections are also discussed. The International Jewelery Dictionary is intended to be a concrete tool whose opulent iconography allows the reader to simply appreciate all its richness.