350 Words for Jewellery

Marian Vanhaeren, Wulf Schiefenhoevel, Tassilo Pyko

Barbara Schmidt, 2022


The etymological study of 75 different languages with 350 words related to jewellery reveals that through this linguistic analysis we can virtually watch our ancestors thinking and wearing jewellery. We trace how different, closely interwoven semantic meanings and derivations have developed from phonetically existing basic forms. Our language shapes our understanding of jewellery today. The terms used always resonate with certain expectations, values and messages. Not infrequently, the words can be traced back across continents and over millennia. Rarely enough do we make ourselves aware of these universals that span the globe.
Photos of jewellery artists active today illustrate that the framing of jewellery terms is still valid today. The lexical section comprises 88 pages with terms and their derivations from about 75 living and historical languages. A foreword by Prof. Dr. Marian Vanhaeren and Prof. Dr. mult. Wulf Schiefenhoevel and a philosophical escort by Tassilo Pyko offer an introduction.

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ISBN: 9783982051246

280 pages, color illustrations, 21 x 15 cm, hardcover, English