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Jewellery clasps 4000 years of history

mardi 09 mai 2017

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  • Paire de bracelets, musée du Louvre, Antiquités grecques, étrusques et romaines
    Pair of bracelets, Musée du Louvre, Department of Greek, Etruscan and Roman Antiquities
    (C) RMN-Grand Palais (musée du Louvre) / Hervé Lewandowski
  • Lunule armoricaine décorée, Saint-Germain-en-Laye, musée d'Archéologie nationale et Domaine national de Saint-Germain-en-Laye
    Decorated Armorican lunula, Saint-Germain-en-Laye, Musée d'Archéologie nationale and Domaine national de Saint-Germain-en-Laye
    (C) RMN-Grand Palais (musée d'Archéologie nationale) / Franck Raux
  • Collier avec fermoir en médaillon de filigrane, musée du Louvre, Antiquités égyptiennes
    Filigree medallion necklace with clasp, Musée du Louvre, Egyptian Antiquities
    (C) Musée du Louvre, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Christian Decamps
  • Fermoir séparateur pour collier à rangs multiples, en forme de bateaux ornés de têtes de canard, musée du Louvre, Antiquités égyptiennes
    Separator clasp for necklace with multiple rows, in the form of boats with duck heads, Musée du Louvre, Egyptian Antiquities
    (C) Musée du Louvre, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Christian Decamps
  • Parure de la reine Marie-Amélie, musée du Louvre, Collection des Diamants de la Couronne
    Jewellery set of Queen Marie-Amélie, Musée du Louvre, Crown Jewels Collection
    (C) RMN-Grand Palais (musée du Louvre) / Stéphane Maréchalle
  • Bracelet à fermoir coulissant Firavaka en forme de serpent, musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac
    Firavaka bracelet with sliding clasp in the form of a serpent, Musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac
    (C) musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / image musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac
  • Paire de bracelets de la duchesse d'Angoulême, Christophe-Frédéric et Jacques-Evrard Bapst et Paul-Nicolas Menière, musée du Louvre
    Pair of bracelets belonging to the Duchess of Angoulême, Christophe-Frédéric and Jacques-Evrard Bapst and Paul-Nicolas Menière, Musée du Louvre
    (C) RMN-Grand Palais (musée du Louvre) / Stéphane Maréchalle
  • Bracelet, anneau aux extrémités enroulées, musée du Louvre, Antiquités égyptiennes
    Bracelet, ring with curled edges, Musée du Louvre, Egyptian Antiquities
    (C) Musée du Louvre, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Christian Decamps
  • Collier, Marseille, musée d'Archéologie méditerranéenne, Antiquités grecques
    Marseille, Musée d'Archéologie Méditerranéenne, Greek Antiquities
    (C) Ville de Marseille, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / David Giancatarina

Practical or attractive, visible or hidden from sight, the clasp is an essential part of bracelets and necklaces. Jewellery designer and collector Anna Tabakhova has analysed this essential feature in a work from which we offer a few styles from a selection of images from our distributed collections.

The author has consulted with museum curators, historians and major names from the world of jewellery to provide us with this anthology that crosses all the continents in a chronological presentation. Bayonet clasps, hanging clasps, with magnets or interchangeable, all are assessed on their decorative and technical merits and can be summarised as follows: "the clasp is an opening, where ingenious mechanisms are at work".

Find out more in the pages of the book "Clasps: 4000 years of Fasteners in Jewellery" published by Terracol.

This adventure allows us to take a new look at some of our jewellery photography.

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