Indian Jewelry Trilogy

by Larry Frank and Millard Holbrook

A photo of the book cover for Larry Frank's and Millard Holbrook's "Indian Jewelry of the Southwest 1868-1930".

by Peter Schiffer

A photo of the book cover form  Peter Schiffer's "Indian Jewelry on the Market".

by Nancy Schiffer

A photo of the book cover from , Nancy Schiffer's "Evolving Designs: Jewelry by Southwest American Indians.

reviews by Sandra Todaro

Native American jewelry seems to fall in the all or none category. Either you like it or you donít For those who like it (me included), Schiffer has a trio of books filled with great pictures and interesting facts.

The evolution of this type of jewelry is covered in Larry Frank and Millard Holbrookís Indian Silver Jewelry of the Southwest 1868-1930. 

Concentrating on the jewelry of the Navajo and Pueblo Indians, it follows the development of styles and techniques as well as exploring early design sources. The nearly 300 examples shown are drawn primarily from private collections or seldom seen museum collections and offer the reader a visual parade difficult to find elsewhere.

Indian Jewelry on the Market by Peter Schiffer provides the reader with contemporary examples recently available. 

All pieces shown were, as the introduction states "actually for sale when the photographs were taken." Each has the price as well as a projected range given, thus providing a good way to investigate whatís typically out there. The book has over a hundred pages of clear, quality photographs which exhibit a wealth of detail.

Nancy Schifferís Evolving Designs: Jewelry by Southwest American Indians, takes a look at where this art form is going as well as where its been. With over 450 color photographs, there is sure to be something of interest to all. Items are chronologically and categorically arranged to enable the reader to follow the progression and change of style and technique. Experimentation with different materials and methods is discussed briefly and beautiful examples of the work of various artists are shown. Personally I would have liked more information on the designers, especially considering the cost of this book. I guess you canít have everything. Overall, a good triumvirate to add to a reference shelf.



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