Blog of the week: Jewel History

Author and historian Lori Ettlinger Gross brings jewel history to the masses in Jewel History: a blog that’s as smart and absorbing as any book.

Who: Lori Ettlinger Gross, jewelry historian and journalist whose work on the history of adornment has appeared in The New York Times,Variety, and She’s been on Martha Stewart! And has a book about jewelry history:  Brooches: Timeless Adornment (Rizzoli, May 2008).

Buy Jewel History here.

What: Jewel History

Why: We could – and have – spent the better half of a day on this fascinating and informative site that explores the history of jewelry in cultures around the world. With archives stretching back to 2007 (yay), fantastic writing, and posts that run the gamut from exploring Empress Josephine’s jewelry collection to tracing a link between pearls in 19th century China and the those in the latest Chanel couture, we’re almost as hooked on Jewel History as we are on jewelry itself. A sneak peek of some topics covered:

Where to start? Log on to the homepage, click on the first archived post, and cancel your evening plans – that’s what we did, and we’re still happy about it.

What are your favorite style or jewelry blogs? Let us know in the comments and we could feature your fave in an upcoming post.

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