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Pointon, Marcia R.

Brilliant effects : a cultural history of gem stones and jewellery / Marcia Pointon.

Additional Title(s):

Gems and jewellery as agency in history, literature, and the visual arts

New Haven : Yale University Press, 2009.
Physical Description:
ix, 426 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 30 cm.
Reference Library
GT2250 .P65 2009 (LC) Oversize
Accessible in the Reference Library [Hours]
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
Subject Terms:
Art and society.
Jewelry -- Psychological aspects.
Jewelry -- Social aspects.

  • Introduction
  • 1. Fault lines and points of light
  • 2. 'A fine brilliant glittering on the little finger'
  • 3. Jewel boxes in pictorial narratives
  • 4. 'Something rich and strange'
  • 5. Marie Antoinette and the diamond necklace affair
  • 6. Charlotte of England, Warren Hastings, and the dangers of diamonds
  • 7. Chinese whispers : James Cox's Jewellery Museum-London in the 1770s
  • 8. Toys and automata : Jaquet-Droz and Leschot-Neuchâtel, Paris, London in the 1780s
  • 9. The Treasury of the Santa Casa at Loreto and its English visitors
  • 10. Secular memorials : mourning and memory in hair jewellery
  • 11. Lapidary loves
  • 12. Crystalline terminations
  • Bibliography.