Costume jewellery, originating in mid-1700s France, is an affordable yet elegant art form that has evolved over the centuries. It features a comprehensive examination of Victorian, Edwardian, Arts & Crafts, Jugendstil, Art Nouveau, and twentieth-century styles, as well as production procedures. The book features artists like Kokichi Mikimoto, Arthur L. Liberty, Carlo Giuliano, René Lalique, Elizabeth Bonté, and the Castellani brothers.
Imperishable Beauty: Art Nouveau Jewelry. “A new, imperishable beauty,” was how the artist and architect Henry van de Velde described it. European Art Nouveau jewelry of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries embraced a new aesthetic characterized by sensuous forms, dramatic imagery and vivid symbolism.