The original of "Indian Jewellery was edited in 1909 by Thomas Holbein Hendley, comprising Nos. 95-107 of The Journal of Indian Art. The picture plates of this book show "native" ornaments of British India, demonstrating the Indian vast variety of Indian jewellery in the eight provinces at the end of the nineteenth century. Examples of the jewellery of past civilisations of Asia and Europe were added for consideration of the history and development of the different styles.
The book's illustrations and descriptions of old Indian royal and peasant ornaments are of unaltered interest now, one hundred years later. During this past period, new developments and designs of jewellery have come up, frequently based on the old traditions. The centenary reprint edition of "Indian Jewellery" was therefore supplemented with photographs of recent Indian jewellery, as an attempt to present "revival" pieces that are still en vogue after one hundred years, as well as to show examples of new developments which were manufactured after the old style, yet with modifications and adaptations, answering to a modernised taste and demand.
The same author has, after a ten-year fieldwork, written a book on traditional Indian ear ornaments with 170 types of specific ear rings from all regions of India.
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