10 2020, (24 x 26,5 cm), 256 pp. English text, 207 colour ills., hardcover.
Boek bij de tentoonstelling in DIVA Antwerpen / Accompanies the exhibition in DIVA Anytwerp. •••••• Presents 110 pieces by 50 leading makers of jewellery from the 1960s and 1970s Simply Brilliant is full of stunning, one of a kind pieces, which reflect the inventive, forward-thinking attitudes of the era. Most, if not all, of the individual makers during these decades considered themselves to be artists first, jewellers second. The volume explores the ground-breaking 1961 Goldsmiths Hall Exhibition in London, which brought a new direction in jewellery design to the fore, inspiring contemporary jewellery designers—John Donald, Arthur King, Andrew Grima and Gilbert Albert, among others— who in turn influenced major jewellery houses such as Cartier, Bulgari, Chopard and Van Cleef and Arpels, and paved the way for an international movement in fashion and design. The 1960s and 1970s were characterized by rebellion and intense cultural change in which ornaments took many forms. From space-age plastic earrings to the hippie’s beaded necklace inspired by non-western cultures, new approaches to bodily adornment—including jewellery— expressed individuality, nonconformity, and the wearer’s aesthetic, political and intellectual values. All of the pieces in this new volume, drawn from the Klosterman Collection in Cincinnati, are wonderful examples of this modern spirit.