In the 1960s, British jewellery underwent a revolution. Natural, uncut stones exploded into vogue and a 1961 exhibition at the Goldsmith's Hall kickstarted the nation's new obsession with gold. The women who shopped at Quant's Bazaar and Hulaniki's Biba no longer just received jewellery as gifts. They placed their own orders, exploring Grima's drizzled gold and Flockinger's fused metallic experimentations; John Donald's textured gold cubes and the House of Munsteiner's curious new gem cuts. This was an era of innovation - captured here through insights into the work of 25 major jewellers and sumptuous pictures of their work.
This book introduces the most influential British designers, jewellers, goldsmiths and silversmiths of 1960-1980. Tracing the evolution of style across these decades, Modern British Jewellery Designers reveals the designers' inspirations and the identifying signatures of their work. Accompanied by new photography showing each designer's creations, this is the perfect introduction for anyone with an interest in collecting, or learning more about this transformative period in British jewellery design.
Publisher: ACC Art Books
Number of pages: 160
Dimensions: 220 x 220 mm
"A collector's guide to the era's most influential and coveted names in British jewelry design and metalsmithing." - Amy Elliott, JCK
"Mary Ann Wingfield is a serious collector of what she describes as "wearable art" made in the 1960s and '70s, and her new book, Modern British Jewellery Designers 1960-1980: A Collector's Guide, is an ode to an extraordinary period in British jewelry history." - Phyllis Schiller, Rapaport
"With her sparkling style and rebellious streak, Princess Margaret was a designer's dream. And, as a new book reveals, her jewellery collection revolutionised the royal dress code." - Claudia Joseph, You magazine