Jewelry From Nature

Jewelry from Nature

Amber Coral Horn Ivory Pearls Shell Tortoiseshell Wood Exotica

  1. Ruth Peltason
  • ISBN 9780500515334
  • 25.00 x 22.00 cm
  • Hardback
  • 224pp
  • With over 350 colour illustrations
  • First published 2010
‘Proves that important jewelry does not necessarily have to showcase the usual gemstone giants’ – Jeweller

With more than 350 illustrations, Jewelry from Nature is a fresh, sensitive look at natural materials magically transformed by masters of fine jewelry.

The vast range of materials is impressive: coral, amber, horn, ivory, shells, pearls, wood, tortoiseshell, and such exotica as feathers, shagreen and bog oak – with origins from all over Europe, Asia, North and South America, Africa and the Far East. Their beauty often belies their age – amber (65 million years old) and mammoth ivory (10,000 years old).

Here, lavishly displayed, are superb works made by the world’s finest jewelers of the past two hundred years. Every major jeweler has created pieces of exceptional beauty, importance and style: Van Cleef & Arpels, Bulgari, JAR, Cartier (their 
Art Deco coral bangles are icons of the period), Tiffany, Boivin, Verdura (whose seashell brooches studded with fine stones have long been collectors’ items), David Webb, Schlumberger, Lalique (whose name enbodies the best in Art Nouveau), Suzanne Belperron and Hermès.

Scores of modern designers are also featured (Andrew Grima, John Donald, Noma Copley) as well as artists today such as Patricia Von Musulin, Ted Muehling and Liv Blåvarp, whose exquisite objects show great respect for natural materials.

Including masses of information, each chapter explores the inspiration of a different material, with special profiles on designers, themes, or style icons such as Princess Grace of Monaco, Chanel and the Duchess of Windsor.

See a complete list of designers represented in Jewelry from Nature

Ruth Peltason is an author and editor living in New York. She was previously Senior Editor, Director of Design & Style Books with Harry N. Abrams, Inc., Publishers. She is the editor of Elizabeth Taylor: My Love Affair with Jewelry; Kate Spade; and co-author of Architect: The Pritzker Prize Laureates in their own Words.