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Liber Amicorum in Honour of Diana Scarisbrick: A Life in Jewels Atheneum (Hardback)

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Imprint: Paul Holberton Publishing
Pages: 280
ISBN: 9781915401021
Published: 20th October 2022



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This work, published on the 94th birthday of Diana Scarisbrick, honours her extraordinary career as the ‘world’s leading jewellery historian’. Twenty scholars, most of whom have known and benefited from Scarisbrick’s vast knowledge over many decades, have contributed essays to this book.


Liber Amicorum centres around the historian to which it is dedicated, Diana Scarisbrick. The work of the twenty contributors owes much to her own pioneering research in the feeled of jewellery history. The book opens with a brief biographical summary of Scarisbrick’s life before exploring her assiduous work in the field of jewellery history. A subsequent bibliography of Scarisbrick’s career work is provided which includes articles, interviews, and books published from 1970 to the present day, and serves as evidence of her eminence. The work as a whole functions as a ‘small token of appreciation for all that she has contributed to the world of jewellery history’. The essays in this publication cover topics that range from Roman jewellery to the contemporary production of jewellery. Not constrained by a focus on one particular time period, these essays are indicative of the breadth of influence that Diana Scarisbrick’s career has had.


Contributions cover several different themes: amongst the objects discussed are gems, rings, chalices, bindings and crown jewels. The themes covered include jewel theft, methods of jewellery production, and the collections of individuals. Throughout each essay the insightful historical research of the contributors is beautifully supported by high quality illustrations. These bring the book to life, highlighting the splendour and fragility of some of the objects that are dicussed.

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