Jewels. Writing the history of jewels equates to retracing the history of man, since jewel, as an ornament and symbol of social status, appears to all primitive peoples and all regions of the earth.
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An in-depth look at the production of jewelery from the precious carpets of Sumerian, Greek, Etruscan and Egyptian watches to the sumptuous shrines and phoenix of complex complexion and filigree processing, to the production, rich in forms, objects and materials, Byzantine jewelery and medieval.
It turns out that the “dark ages” were actually shining with gold, gemstones and enamels of many colors, to continue with the refinement of techniques under the impulse of the gift kits of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and contemplate the profusion of jewels of the eighteenth century , from European ones to the sumptuous Indian Mogul specimens.
But true innovation occurs in the nineteenth century: new materials, new styles and above all, for the first time, a wider audience, less elitist and less aristocratic.
With Art Nouveau, jewelery becomes sophisticated, filling with stylized and sinuous filiform figures. In the “signed” season, great artists such as Picasso, Braque, Dali, Man Ray will bring the jewel to the artwork dignity, and international design will also originate in this field, enhancing the purity of the lines materials.
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