Hinks P (1983)

Hinks P. (1983) Twentieth century British Jewellery 1900 – 1980. London: Faber and Faber.

Obviously the war years saw little advance in either design or technique, and ideas, such as they were, were drawn from the staider elements of thirties design. The jewels of Dorrie Nossiter had more in common with an earlier Arts and Crafts tradition than with any new emergent style. Her designs rely almost entirely upon the colours of the gems with which they are set for their effect, chromatic harmonies and contrasts rather than shapes and textures (Plate 96). The stones sit in light clawsettings-topazes, pearls, haematites, peridots and amethysts clustered in cheerful agglomerations-earrings that curl right around the ear with pearl drops trembling below, or fan-shaped clips for wearing on the cuff of a short sleeve. (Hinks P p110)

It is clear that the Arts & Crafts style was a little out of fashion in the 1980s but Hinks does has some useful information about Sybil Dunlop's workshop and working methods and style.

 A silver sureté pin set with coloured stones and baroque pearls, by Dorrie Nossiter

A silver sureté pin set with coloured stones and baroque pearls, by Dorrie Nossiter

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