Contents: 1. The ancient tradition. 2. Metal and stone. 3. The great tradition: north and south. 4. Folk and tribal jewellery. 5. Contemporary jewellery. Glossary. Select bibliography.
"For centuries the fabled wealth of India, her gold and gems, brought to her land both merchants and invaders. The tradition of legendary riches went back to antiquity: 5000 years ago, Indian goldsmiths and lapidaries worked in an astonishing variety of materials and techniques; for 3000 years, India was the only known source of Diamonds.
This book in five chapters is a look at that tradition, its range, its variety, its best known techniques, its manifestations and significance. From a brief historical overview to an account of contemporary jewellery, from descriptions of courtly jewellery to those worn by rural and tribal peoples, the book is a glimpse of Indian jewellery in its totality.
Lavishly illustrated with colour photographs from a number of sources, including museum pieces, this book encapsulates one of the greatest of Indian achievements." (jacket)