5,000 Years of Jewelry
By: Sabine Albersmeier
review by Kristin
With a gorgeous first century Greek bracelet - gold with garnets, emeralds
and pearls - set against a black background, the cover of Bedazzled
catches any jewelry enthusiasts' eye.
The book is a showcase of
Henry Walter's amazing collection of jewelry from some of the world's most
famous designer's, including Tiffany & Co. to Rene Lalique.
Flipping through the little book of beauty, there are images of The
Walter's Art Museum's most prized possessions, such as the Greek Hoop
Earring with the Lion Head, circa 4th century B.C., and an inscribed
Marriage Ring from the Byzantine Empire.
The book also features
gorgeous English jewels from the 13th century, including a breathtaking
gold inscribed ring, containing a half inch wide malachite stone.
Malachite, a green stone
thought to be found on the head of a toad, is said to have healing powers
and was worn on a Bishop's third finger. Little historical facts
such as this accompany each picture, giving the reader a little insight
into when the jewelry was created, why, and to what purpose it served -
from holding a healing presence to simply dazzling the viewer! You
will not be disappointed with this book!
For more information on
the Walter Art Museum's jewelry collection, see Stubbs & the Horse,
another catalogue of a jewelry exhibition at the museum circa 2005.