This panoramic illustrated history explores the varied styles, techniques and materials used to make jewellery throughout the world since earliest times. Egyptian necklaces, Celtic torcs, South American gold masks, Renaissance pendants and Art Nouveau buckles are among the range of masterpieces described by a team of experts from the British Museum and illustrated with 400 superb photographs. This reissue includes images of major acquisitions made in the last ten years, particularly from Europe since 1700. Contents - Introduction; 1. The Middle East 5000-2000BC; 2. The Middle East, Eastern Mediterranean and North of the Alps 2000-1400 BC; 3. Egypt 1500-900 BC; 4. Europe and Western Asia 1400-600 BC; 5. Phoenician, Greek, Etruscan and Persian Lands 850-325 BC; 6. China, Celtic Europe, Mexico and Peru 600 BC-AD 600; 7. The Mediterranean, Parthia, India, Egypt, Roman Britain and Byzantium 325 BC- AD 600; 8. Europe, China, Korea and Japan AD 300-1000; 9. Mayan Central America AD 600-1000; 10. Central and South America AD 500-1500; 11. Europe, Islam, China, Korea and Java AD 1000-1500; 12. Europe AD 1500-1700; 13. China, India, Tibet and Mongolia AD 1500-1850; 14. West Africa AD 1500-1800; 15. Europe AD 1700-1950; 16. Amulets; 17. Cameos in Jewellery; 18. Functional Finger-rings; Select glossary / Bibliography / Further Reading / Index.