New revised and updated edition of a classic ACC book, reprinted by popular demand Brings together in one volume identification and dating of jewellery made in the last 200 years Almost 1,000 superb colour illustrations to help facilitate identification and understanding Written in straightforward, non-technical English, with a new chapter to bring the book into the twenty-first century A standard work of reference A classic Antique Collectors’ Club title, Understanding Jewellery is now available in a revised and fully updated third edition and is unique in explaining why jewellery values vary and the individual points important for each category. Explanations are given in a straightforward, uncomplicated manner with a text largely linked directly to specific illustrations. This makes the assimilation of the information much easier than in traditional text-dominated books. The authors, both jewellery experts, evaluate many millions of pounds’ worth annually and thus handle a complete cross-section of what is available on the market. They have specially selected the hundreds of superb colour illustrations to show what to look for and, equally important, what to avoid. Whether interested in the history of fashion, deciding what to buy or simply to enjoy a visual feast of beautiful objects, this book will serve as an invaluable reference and represents outstanding value. “This book is an excellent guide to some of the finer points of both antique and contemporary jewellery, not least because of the vast quantity of photographs and illustrations, and will be of great use to dealers and collectors.” – Antiques Bulletin
David Bennett is a former Director of Sotheby’s European Jewellery Sales in Switzerland.
Daniela Mascetti has been with Sotheby’s since 1980, started the jewellery department in Milan and is now a senior expert and director, based in London.
Both authors are Fellows of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain.