Presents 110 stunning pieces—many of them one-of-a-kind—by 50 leading makers of jewellery from the 1960s and 1970s, all of which reflect the inventive, forward-thinking attitudes of the era
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 hippy’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.
Simply Brilliant 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.
Accompanies the exhibition Simply Brilliant: DIVA, Antwerp, Belgium, October 30, 2020–March 14, 2021; Schmuckmuseum, Pforzheim, Germany, March 27–June 27, 2021; Cincinnati Art Museum, October 22, 2021–February 6, 2022
Cynthia Amnéus is Chief Curator and Curator of Fashion Arts and Textiles, Cincinnati Art Museum.
Ruth Peltason is an independent scholar and author.
Rosemary Ransome Wallis is former Art Director and Curator, The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, London.
Amanda Triossi is an independent scholar and author.
Cameron Silver is the fashion director of the Halston brand
Adam MacPharlain is curatorial assistant, Fashion Arts and Textiles,Cincinnati Art Museum
Table of contents
- Director’s Foreword by Cameron Kitchin
- Curator’s Acknowledgments by Cynthia Amnéus
- Preface by Cameron Silver
- Introduction by Cynthia Amnéus
- The International Exhibition of Modern Jewellery 1890–1961: An Exhibition to Revitalize Jewelry Design in Britain by Rosemary Ransome Wallis
- Cross-Fertilization: From Jewelers to Jewelry Houses by Amanda Triossi
- The Art of Fashion and Jewelry by Cynthia Amnéus
- A Conversation with Collector Kimberly Klosterman by Ruth Peltason
- Catalog by Cynthia Amnéus and Adam MacPhàrlain
- Appendix of Maker’s and Designer’s Marks
- Selected Bibliography