I can suggest a couple of other books for you. For European jewelry
from 1800-2000 there is “Understanding Jewellery” by Daniela
Mascetti and David Bennett, with great pictures and descriptions.
Also try “The Master Jewelers” edited by A. Kenneth Snowman. Hugh
Tait’s book, “7,000 Years of Jewellery” (already mentioned) is
indeed a great compilation of pieces from many cultures and eras.
Charlotte Gere, Vivienne Becker, Janet Zapata, Penny Proddow, Diana
Scarisbrick and Graham Hughes are others to examine…And of course,
there are lots of coffee table books about various famous retailers
like Cartier (great books by Judy Rudoe and Hans Nadelhoffer),
Tiffany, Bulgari, Van Cleef & Arpels, etc. Abebooks.com and
Amazon.com and Alibris.com are all good resources with which to
search for jewelry books.
Meg Steward, GG, jewelry historian