MODERN BRITISH JEWELLERY äz FANS. BY AYMER VALLANCE. f" Kg Üäfgg" but the most superficial observers " can have failed to note the immense advance äixw '55; 'i that has been attained in British jewellery; f though hovff or at What precise point of hl a time the improvement origmated may {ffijflzn not be determined w1th too rash precision. It began not more than fifteen or twenty, nor perhaps later than ten years ago. 1 125,111? X Somewhere between these two limits is about the a d u, ibis pproximate ate. At any rate, it is certain that, thirty years since, it was quite impossible to procure jewellery in the design and composition of which there entered any art1st1c_taste yvhatever. Such simply did not exist._ Whereas now there 1s a Widespread, though unhappily not a universal, movement amongst us for the design and production ofjewellery on truc aesthetic principles. The movement may even be described as in a measure concerted, that is, in so far as it presents certain main characteristics common to the Work of the various individual artists or schools of artists who are concerned With this branch of decoration. AND, firstly, must be noted the development o? the go1dsmith's and silversmithä craft as an important artistic factor entirely distinct and apart from thesubsidiary task of stone-setting. The recognition of the art of the metal-worker, as Worthy and capable in itself of providing beautiful ornaments, Without their serving any such ulterior purpose as sporting trophies or eccentric badges of buffoonery; and also Without the adventitious attraction of costly gems, is a decided point gained. AND, secondly, Where stones do happen to be employed, there is an increasing practice of introducing them for the sake of their decorative properties, not, as formerly, for the commercial value they represent in pounds sterling. Mere glitter and the vulgar display" of aHluence are gradually yielding before the higher considerations of beauty of form and colour. Nor is it any longer deemed improper, sphould the aesthetic effect of the juxtaposition demand, to set diamonds or other valuable gems side by side With common and inexpensive stones. In these colour combinations, since flash and in 1