Unexpected Pleasures: The Art and Design of Contemporary Jewellery
edited by Susan Cohn
Rizzoli (Hardie Grant Books), $75 hb, 240 pp, 9780847838141
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.