T hirty years after the first edition of Understanding Jewellery, the book by Sotheby’s specialists David Bennett and Daniela Mascetti remains the ultimate resource for professionals, collectors and enthusiasts alike. Today at its third revised edition and translated into five languages, this 500-page “Bible” has formed the basis of a ground-breaking new App which makes the content available in a new dynamic and interactive way, featuring the full content of the book as well as brand new images, news, events and auction highlights.
With a visual library of high-resolution imagery of more than 1,000 pieces of jewellery dating from the 18th century to the present, the app provides a new and unique way to look at the history, style and craft of jewellery. It is a fantastic resource to identify gemstones, discover the evolution of jewellery over two centuries and learn what an item of jewellery is made of, where it comes from and when it was made. The app is regularly updated with details of global jewelry auctions, exhibitions, markets and fairs.