Paperback, 120 pgs. Many people have at least one piece of old jewellery, often handed on within the family. Such brooches, earrings, bracelets and so on may be good of their type, but because they are unfashionable or damaged in some way they are neglected and remain at the bottom of the jewellery box. This book aims to encourage readers to take them out for a closer look and to help them understand the fine craftsmanship many of these pieces represent. All types of jewellery are described and illustrated, from rings to cufflinks and tiepins, and their characteristics are explained. The traditional mitholds, decorative techniques and tools used by the jewelers and goldsmiths are detailed through easily understood drawings. Gold, silver and platinum are dicussed, as well as the properties of the principal gemstones and the ways in which they are cut and set. A chapter on hallmarks gives a guide to marks as they are used on gold and silver jewellery.