as it materials that inspired the ancient Egyptians, Sumerians,
Etruscans and Lalique? Was it their religion, their environment,
their political leaders that motivated them, or was it just their
own vision of what was beautiful? Or did some of those things only
serve to hamper them? I'd drive several hours to attend that
Yes, that would be terrific. I’ve heard speeches from metalsmith
Kathy Kamal on the history of jewelry – one on gothic and Victorian
jet jewelry and one on French revolutionary jewelry. Wonderful.
You might like the book 7,000 Years of Jewelry. If you combine it
with 30,000 Years of Art, open them both to the same year, you might
see some of the culture and religion there.
In the book, 30,000 Years of Art, which is huge, but affordable, as
I was looking through it, I could see Buddhism spreading outward
from India, through the metalwork.
Orchidian Rebecca Ross Russell, if I remember correctly, wrote a
thesis paper on the meanings of women’s jewelry in India.