Scottish Jewellery A Victorian Passion
Scottish Jewellery
A Victorian Passion
  • Imprint: 5 Continents Editions
  • Publication Date: November 1, 2009
  • Price: $45.00
  • Trim Size: 9 12 x 9 12
  • ISBN: 88-7439-524-8
  • EAN: 9788874395248
  • Page Count: 128
  • Illustrations: 100 full-color illustrations
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Rights: US & Canada

Through the centuries, the distinctive character of Scottish jewelry has enchanted collectors from around the world. In the mid-nineteenth century, demand for the Highland specialties was so high that the supply from local craftsmen had to be supplemented by English imitations. In this spectacular, authoritative volume, leading jewelry historian Diana Scarisbruck presents 360 treasures from the renowned Ghysels collection. Examples include brooches, kilt pins, bracelets, earrings, tie pins, buttons, and belt buckles, many made by legendary designers such as Rettie & Sons of Aberdeen, Jamieson, and Ellis.

One hundred beautiful illustrations highlight the exquisite craftsmanship of traditional Scottish designs executed in local materials—agates, cairngorms, amethysts, garnets, freshwater pearls—set in silver or gold to harmonize with the bright colors of the clan tartans. The book also traces the history of jewelry in Scotland and explains the significance of the various motifs—Celtic, heraldic, sporting, religious, naturalistic, military, and sentimental.

About the author

Diana Scarisbrick is a historian specializing in jewelry and cameos who has published many books and articles, including Royal Jewels: From Charlemagne To The Romanovs; Rings: Jewellery of Power, Love and Loyalty and  A Heart of Gold: Jewels of Sentiment.  She has been the curator of  exhibitions in  France, the U.S. and Japan. Her interest in the Scottish tradition which began when she collaborated on the exhibition The Art of Jewellery in Scotland held at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh in 1991 has continued ever since.