This book covers all that pertains to jewelry making from the pre-Columbian era to the colonial period and through nationhood up to the present. The descriptions of the various techniques of jewelry making, together with the deep understanding of the spirit of the country, its artist jewelry makers and its jewelry wearers, make everything plausible and interesting. The critical evaluation of the various styles and periods of the jewelry itself is tactful and discreet.

A wealth of historical and sociocultural data runs through the book. It is apparent that the authors have more than a cursory acquaintance with the country. They did a commendable job of research and they encourage and facilitate further study and investigation by including an extensive bibliography.

This fine book deserves a more inviting format and layout and a better quality of photographic reproduction.