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V&A Pattern: Digital Pioneers

By Douglas Dodds,Honor Beddard

Lustre/Roli Books, 2002. Hardcover. New. In the years that followed World War II, access to computers ceased to be restricted solely to the military. As they became more accessible in laboratories and universities, a small group of scientists and programmers were joined by artists and designers who began to realize the creative potential of the new technology. Computer offered the opportunity to explore innovative ways of creating images that would demonstrate a hitherto unexpected purity in their natural patterning, symmetry and order. The earliest work in this selection, Oscillon 40(1952, plate 1), was actually produced on an analogue cathode-ray oscilloscope. The artist, Ben Laposky, manipulated the electronic wave forms displayed on the screen and then photographed the result. Laposky created some of the first graphics generated using an electronic machine and helped to pave the way for the true digital pioneers who followed. Herbert Franke also used analogue equipment to produce some of his early works, but went on to exploit the capabilities of the emerging digital computer technology. Printed Pages: 66. V&A Pattern: Digital PioneersDouglas Dodds,Honor Beddard9788174367174


Earrings: Ornamental Identity and Beauty In India

By Waltraud Ganguly

B.R.Publishing Corporation, 2007. Hardcover. New. Earings always held a significant place in the jewellery of the Indians. They are invariably unique works of art, bearing religious or symbolic content. This book brings a comprehensive documentation of traditional earrings in India, based on scientific fieldwork fieldwork of more than ten years. The first part of the book gives a general survey of the historical relations to the Mediterranean area and to classical earring forms of the ancient sculpyures and archaeological finds. The evolution of different earring shapesand the differences between north and south are discussed. In the catalogue part, 170 specific earring types with numerous subtypes are represented. In over 400 colour illustrations of persons and ornaments, the amazing variability of every type is shown. Printed Pages: 284. NA


Indian Silver (Series: India Crest)

By S. K. Pathak

Lustre/Roli Books, 2008. Hardcover. New. Indian Silver is the story of a metal that has the glitter and finesse of gold, and in India, its greater affordability may well give it an edge over gold. Here, for the first time under the covers of one book, all aspects and uses of silver in India are brought together, from the history and techniques of making silver items to the prized objects themselves, from jewellery to coins to modern utility items. In the process, the book brings out India`s continuing fascination with silver objects, as reflected in palaces, museums, private collections, and even in ordinary Indian homes. Printed Pages: 133. Indian Silver (Series: India Crest)S. K. Pathak9788174363756


Diamonds: The Quest from Solid Rock to the Magic of Diamonds

By Christine Gordon

Lustre/Roli Books, 2008. Hardcover. New. From the beginning of time, diamonds have had a mystique about them that sets them apart from other gems. They have found mention in religion, mythology, folklore, and many an urban legend. They are the symbol of power, wealth, and royalty, and no crown has ever been complete without them. But the beauty of diamonds contrasts with the complex and harsh processes that are undertaken to make them. The fascinating journey of diamonds, from the coal mine to the jeweller`s desk, has not yet been documented in such detail, or with such insight. This documentation is necessary for all those interested in the diamond industry and its changing face in recent times. Diamonds brings together the work of a write and two photographers, all of whom specialize in the diamond industry. From the history of diamonds and diamond cutting, to the change in laws and the way the pipeline had shaped up, this is an extensive book on the subject. Printed Pages: 428. Diamonds: The Quest from Solid Rock to the Magic of DiamondsChristine Gordon9788174366733


Cosmo Dictionary of Gems and Gemology

By Robert M. Shipley

Cosmo Publications, 2008. First edition. Hardcover. New. This work provides encyclopedic coverage of terms and techniques related to gems and gemology. Each entry includes scientific and historical information. The volume’s strength lies in its comprehensive scope; it treats all aspects of gemology beginning with the gems themselves, elaborates on technical methods and procedures, and explicates professional terminology. The book will serve as an invaluable reference source for practitioners and serious scholars in the field. The second edition of Dictionary of Gems and Gemology is a comprehensive work aimed at gemologists, mineralogists, geologists, jewel dealers, industry and hobbyists. Toward fulfillment of our purpose of meriting the acceptance of this Dictionary as an international reference book for the gemological profession, criticism of the first edition was invited from the several outstanding gemolo-gists, mineralogists and practical jewelers mentioned later in the preface. As a result errors of varying importance have been corrected; definitions have been clarified in the body of the Dictionary, while valuable additions to many of the definition will be found in the Addenda. Printed Pages: 277. Cosmo Dictionary of Gems and GemologyRobert M. Shipley9788130706672


African Gold: Jewellery and Ornaments from Ghana, Cote d`Ivoire, Mali and Senegal in the Collection of the Gold of Africa Barbier-Mueller Museum in Cape Town
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African Gold: Jewellery and Ornaments from Ghana, Cote d`Ivoire, Mali and Senegal in the Collection of the Gold of Africa Barbier-Mueller Museum in Cape Town

By Timothy F. Garrard (Author) & Pierre-Alain Ferrazzini (Photo.)

Prestel Publishing Ltd, 2011. First edition. Hardcover. New. 18 x 23 cm. This volume catalogs the impressive gold collection held by the Gold Museum in Cape Town, South Africa. It illustrates and surveys an enormous range of ornamental objects from the Sahel and the central West African forest regions. The pieces date from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and include headdresses, rings, bracelets, necklaces, earrings, and items of royal regalia. Many are decorated with figurative motifs such as birds, fish, and fruit, symbols which refer to local proverbs. Magnificent displays of gold intended as demonstrations of a tribal chief s power and prestige are still worn today in ceremonial occasions. Through his research in the area Timothy F. Garrard, the world s foremost authority on goldsmith art from the African continent, became acquainted with goldsmith techniques as well as the system of bartering and weighing. His commentary offers a historical and cultural context through which to view the pieces. Affording a starting point for anyone interested in African art, jewelry, decorative arts, and fashion, African Gold presents African goldwork in all its glory. Printed Pages: 247. NA