ORNAMENT Volume 38 No. 4

Zhou Dynasty Glass and Silicate Jewelry.
Donna D'Aquino Drawing With Wire.
Eveli Sabatie Between Worlds and Time.
Orientalism When East Met West at the Court of Versailles.
Communities The Tucson Shows: Meeting Ground for the World.
Museum News Haystack Components: Metals and Jewelry.
Costume Arts Immortal Beauty: Highlights from the Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection.
Native Arts Glittering World: Navajo Jewelry of the Yazzie Family.
International Arts Cochineal: The Red that Colored the World.
Jewelry Arts Signs of Life 2015.


This article on Zhou Dynasty Glass and Silicate jewelry reconciles the results of technical analyses on the chemical composition of the fascinating array of faience, glassy faience, frit, composite or glazed pottery, and glass beads of this ancient Chinese dynasty with their dating, stylistics and how they were made. The author, Robert K. Liu, recruits the help of American glass bead artists in the endeavor.


Jeweler Donna D’Aquino uses soft steel wire, and literally shapes it into three dimensional drawings that become necklaces, bracelets and other jewelry forms, sometimes combined with precious metals. Often, it is colored with powder-coating, which is usually applied to vehicles and other large metal objects.


Eveli Sabatie was born in Algeria, and is an early student of famed Hopi jeweler Charles Loloma. North Africa had a strong influence on early Southwest Native American jewelry, so it was fitting that she represented a twentieth-century example of this extraordinary and rich fusion.


Orientalism is the fascination with the culture, style and fantastical imagining of East Asia. Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell recreates for us how court dress, and even that of the average citizen of Paris, was wildly affected by the clothing of the Near and Far East, giving way to a revolution in eighteenth-century garments and the sourcing of fabrics outside of Europe.