Book Reviews

FINE ART JEWELRY Jewelry of Our Time, by Helen W. Drutt and Peter Dormer. 1995. 500 illustrations. 352 pages. $55. (JCK Data Center DT-036) To order call (800) 433-1238. Since Helen Drutt started her Philadelphia, Pa., gallery in 1974, she has been a tireless promoter of contemporary designer jewelry. She has amassed an impressive personal collection and has traveled widely to show it to the world. This volume takes her initiative one step further and enlarges the enterprise with an excellent collection of essays. The core of the book is a vast array of photographs of jewelry, all in color and all top quality. It's a rare exhibition that boasts more than 200 works, yet here's one with more than twice that number. It would be a terrific book if it were only about the pictures, but it's even more. Four thematic chapters are subdivided into 15 brief essays that discuss many of the c

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