This study is researched and written by Francesca Balzan who has made extensive use of primary sources to build up a history of jewellery in Malta. It focuses on the art of jewellery, the social history and trade practices. It may be considered as the first study of its kind to be published in Malta. The book is in two parts. The first part contains essays on historical aspects of jewellery in Malta. The second part is devoted to analytical case studies of a number of jewellery items. One of the merits of the book is to discuss jewellery in a meaningful art historical and social context. This broadens the reader’s response and opens a window on the anthropology of jewellery.