Unexpected Pleasures: The Art and Design of Contemporary Jewellery by Susan Cohn

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July–August 2012, no. 343

Unexpected Pleasures: The Art and Design of Contemporary Jewellery by Susan Cohn

Rizzoli (Hardie Grant Books), $75 hb, 240 pp

Unexpected Pleasures: The Art and Design of Contemporary Jewellery by Susan Cohn

by
July–August 2012, no. 343

The contemporary jewellery movement grew from a desire among postwar practitioners to explore both the expressive qualities in jewellery and the use of non-traditional materials. The move away from traditional gold and diamonds was partly economic – consider today’s price of gold – and partly ideological. Jewellery should be appreciated for what it is, on its own terms, not for its carats.

Christopher Menz reviews 'Unexpected Pleasures: The Art and Design of Contemporary Jewellery' edited by Susan Cohn

Unexpected Pleasures: The Art and Design of Contemporary Jewellery

by Susan Cohn

Rizzoli (Hardie Grant Books), $75 hb, 240 pp

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