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All that glitters: Gems and Jewellery in Early Modern Europe

Posted By Blake de Maria, Sunday, May 08, 2016

Few, if any, items of material culture feature more prominently in the art and documentation of early modern visual culture than jewelry and gemstones. Yet, these most precious materials - prized for both their beauty and monetary value - have only recently begun to receive significant scholarly interest.  In the sixteenth century, an increasing number of large, high quality stones available in Europe combined with the newly developing academic discipline of natural history, and more specifically mineralogy, inspired a shift in attitudes about precious and semi-precious stones. Papers focusing on any aspect of gems and jewellery would be welcome, including - but not limited to - the global gemstone market,  trade networks, the dissemination of knowledge about precious stones, gem collections, jewelers and stone cutters, and the representation of jewelery and gemstones in paintings.

Please send abstracts (no more than 150 words) and CV by June 1st to Blake de Maria, Associate Professor, Santa Clara University (


Tags:  cultural exchange  cultural history  gems  global history  global renaissance  jewellery  material culture  travel 

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