“CLASPS, 4,000 Years of Fasteners in Jewellery”, the book

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2018 Clasp Book Tour program

  • 22 Mars Paris, l’Ecole des Arts Joailliers par Van Cleef & Arpels, inscription ici
  • April 14th, San Francisco, Macchiarini Creative Design Gallery, click here to register, here for infos
  • April 17th, Berkeley, Ca, at the Metal Arts Guild, click here for registration
  • April 18th, San Francisco Golden Gate GIA Alumni Chapter, click here for registration, here for infos
  • May 3rd, Pueblo, Colorado Center for Metal Arts, click here for registration, here for infos
  • October 23rd, London, at the Society of Jewellery Historians, click here for infos

2018 USA detailed program

Clasps Book Tour 2018 Program

March 22nd, 2018 in Paris - L’Ecole des Arts Joailliers par Van Cleef & Arpels

Le fermoir, conférence à 'l Ecole des Arts joailliers par Van Cleef & Arpels

October 5th, 2017 in Geneva – Conférence à Genève le 5 octobre, cliquez sur l’image

Genève, conférence

See 3’35 of the 2017 lecture in New Orleans, at the Snag annual event

The 2017 USA Clasp Book Tour in May and June:

 A book the VICTORIA & ALBERT Museum in London said : ” IT’S A TRIUMPH ! “

CLASPS, 4,000 Years of Fasteners in Jewellery

both English and French versions of the book are available, worldwide shipping.

 From the Early Bronze Age to fine contemporary jewellery: a story told for the very first time

Both books on clasps, French and English, by anna tabakhova

Both books on clasps, French and English, by anna tabakhova

Découvrir ci-dessous le livre en vidéo et en 59 secondes

See 4,000 Years in only 59 seconds

Watch a 5 seconds video of a page just out of printing

See the whole photo report of the printing process on this link.

Découvrir  le reportage complet de l’impression du livre sur ce lien.

From the Early Bronze Age to fine contemporary jewellery, 32 historians consulted, 22 museums, 76 contributors from 30 countries are involved in a 288 pages and 356 illustrations book, a glossary of 28 original sketches,… where we discover the functioning of a clasp as “young” as 4000 years and the historical origin of the box clasp…

A story told for the very first time!

De l’âge du Bronze à la place Vendôme, une histoire racontée pour la première fois. 4 millénaires d’ingéniosité au service du bijou dévoilés et illustrés de photos inédites. 32 historiens consultés, 22 musées impliqués, 76 contributeurs bijoutiers, joailliers, artistes et créateurs de 30 pays.

Une histoire racontée pour la première fois!

The clasp in Jewellery, 4000 years of history

The clasp in Jewellery, 4000 years of history

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Lecture given on october 16 th, 2013 at Paris, Musée des Arts décoratifs

Poster of the conference on story of clasps trough ages by anna tabakhova paris

The official poster of the conference on story of clasps through ages

The official poster at the Museum

The presentation of the lecture of history of clasps bu anna tabakhova Paris

The presentation of the lecture of history of clasps

The presentation on the Museum website

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Were the first necklaces just tied ? Probably strung, knotted, but have disappeared since then.

Egyptian clasps for multi strands necklaces, history of clasps by anna tabakhova, Paris

Lotus and waterlilies to inspire clasps for multi strands

Egyptians invented at least 3 types of clasps, still in use nowadays.

Celtic torque, worn as religious ornament, history of clasps by anna tabakhova, Paris

Torcs were also in use for religious purpose, such as the Danish God Cernunnos, shown above.

XIX century clasps, France, history of clasps by anna tabakhova, Paris

Bracelet – 1838 – Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris

Clasps were often generously decorated on bracelets in the XIX c., above a clasp by Francois Desiré Froment Meurice .

Interchangaeble clasp with a drop, conference, lecture by anna tabakhova, Paris

End of the XX c. : no time left to use a screwdriver for changing the setting of jewelry, time has come for the interchangeable clasp system : faster, easier, safer, more convenient.

4 clasps for an interchangable necklace of 50 carats of diamonds, conference, lecture, history of clasps, by anna tabakhova, Paris

Some high end jewelry companies are also willing to present collections with interchangeable clasps for more versatility ; here are 50 carats of diamonds and 4 clasps.

poster at Museum entrance, conference lecture , history of clasps by anna tabakhova, Paris

poster at Museum entrance

The hall of the Museum auditorium

Story of clasps throught ages by anna tabakhova

Invitation , history of clasps throught ages

The official invitation …

Circuits Bijoux, presenting the lecture of history of clasps by anna tabakhova, Paris

Circuits Bijoux, presenting the lecture of history of clasps

On the website of the french organisation “Circuits Bijoux”

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