PRELIMINARY NOTE JOHN RUSKIN has laid down some broad and simple rules Which are especially applicable to DESIGN IN JEWELLERY AND FANS. He says, " Never encourage the manufacture of any article not absolutely necessary, in the production of Which invention has no share." And, again, "Never encourage imitation, or copying of any kind, except for the sake of preserving records of great works." IT is in thc thorough belief of thc soundness of these principles that thc Editor has selcc-tcd a number of rcpresentative modern examples of design by British and Continental workers, which, from thcir beauty and freshness of treatment, bear tcstimony to thc grcat advance that has recently been made in thc right understanding and rendcring of thc jewelleris and fan-makefs arts. If articles of good tastc are to be produced, there must be a demand for them. So long as a public is to be found that Will purchase trinketry in imitation of wheel- barrows, cocks and hens, Hower-pots, and moons and stars, so long will thc advance in art be retarded. THE Editor has pleasure in acknowledging the courtesy of the owners of copyrights for their kindness in sanctioning the reproduction of important Work; and his best thanks are due to all the artist-contributors, and especially to those Who have made designs expressly for this publication.