Susan Cohn (ed.): Unexpected Pleasures

Reviewed by
July–August 2012, no. 343

Susan Cohn (ed.): Unexpected Pleasures

Reviewed by
July–August 2012, no. 343

Christopher Menz

 

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.

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