The cover of Celebrating Jewellery, Exceptional Jewels of the 19th and 20th Centuries.

 

LONDON - Over the next few weeks Sotheby’s jewellery specialists David Bennett and Daniela Mascetti will present highlights from their latest book: Celebrating Jewellery, Exceptional Jewels of the 19th and 20th Centuries.

 


This book is an unashamed indulgence for us both, and we make no apologies for it. On the one hand it is the fruit of over thirty years of close collaboration together as colleagues which has led to a deep consensus between our individual tastes. On the other hand, it may be seen perhaps as a logical sequel to our book Understanding Jewellery, which was first published in 1989 and still enjoys a constant wide readership. The choice of jewels is entirely personal and was primarily driven by the idea of celebrating 200 years of jewellery design in Europe and the United States. We hope both to throw some light on the historical context in which the individual jewels were created, and to provide a personal narrative for these jewels, each of which we have handled personally and derived immense pleasure from doing so. Some are highly important, some unique, others are simply perfect examples of their age; all, however, illustrate some aspect of the diversity and intimate beauty of the jeweller’s art.

 



Celebrating Jewellery, Exceptional Jewels of the 19th and 20th Centuries due out in October.

 

Each week this blog will present highlights from each chapter of the book, beginning with The 19th Century and Earlier and going on to showcase the periods of Revivalism, The Belle-Époque, The Art Deco Era, and the 20th Century. We hope you will find as much pleasure in the tales each jewel has to tell as we have. And if this small taste of how one jewel can encapsulate personal, political and social history, seizes you imagination, you can find much more in our book.

Celebrating Jewellery by David Bennett and Daniela Mascetti will be published by Antique Collectors Club in October (£75).