Silver Jewelry Designs: Evaluating Quality Good Better Best
by Nancy Schiffer
review by Sandra Todaro

 

The book cover from Nancy Schiffer's "Silver Jewelry designs".

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"The innovative designs in silver jewelry made in Europe and North America in the 20th Century are fascinating and highly popular today." So begins the introductory statement of Silver Jewelry Designs, Schiffer’s latest offering to examine this beautiful, diverse category. Packed with clear, sharp color photographs, the book explores the development and style of silver jewelry from Art Nouveau to Post Modernism. Wonderful examples of work by Charles Robert Ashbee, the Guild of Handicraft, Ltd., Archibald Knox and Liberty & Co., to name but a few illustrate the section on Arts and Crafts designs. Art Deco- one of my favorite styles- is ably represented by the outstanding work of the Theodor Fahrner Company of Germany and Georg Jensen Silversmith of Denmark. Other sections include Native American, Mexican and Mid-Century Realistic. These are nice, but there are other publications, some from Schiffer, which give one greater depth in these areas. Another personal favorite- Modern Abstract- pictures some good examples of the genre, such as the work of Francisco Rejabes and Ed Weiner. But here the offerings are skimpy. One could wish for more.

Any work attempting to cover almost 100 years of design must, of necessity, limit its scope. However, Silver Jewelry Designs manages to provide the reader with thumbnail sketches of some of the most influential and innovative designers of the century in a volume lavish with lovely illustrations. If beautiful pictures and wonderful design make you r pulse race, this book is a must.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review reprinted with permission

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