Emerald: Twenty-one Centuries of Jewelled Opulence and Power

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9780500517208: Emerald: Twenty-one Centuries of Jewelled Opulence and Power
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Lavishly illustrated and exquisitely deisgned, this book opens with a stunning series of images of style icons historic and modern wearing their favoured emerald jewelry. As befits a prized gemstone that is twenty times rarer than diamond, here we see together, for the first time, pieces worn by celebrities ranging from filmstars to royalty, all alongside classic images of emeralds from art, advertising and fashion, celebrated in a text by Franca Sozzani, editor of Vogue Italia . The second part of this major volume showcases more than forty of the worlds most significant and famous pieces of emerald jewelry, including many previously unseen designs from private and royal collections. Historic creations that are up to 5,500 years old are represented alongside all the modern jewelry houses. The third and final part of Emerald tells the story of the emerald trade from mine to market, illustrated with specially commissioned photography taken across four continents.

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Stunningly illustrated, with contributions from Vogue Italia editor Franca Sozzani, author Jonathan Self and jewelry specialist Joanna Hardy, Emerald the book promises to showcase this storied stone in extraordinary detail when it comes out this November. --Vanity Fair

Glittering. --The Wall Street Journal

Lavish new book Emerald is a definitive guide to the vivid green gem that has lit up the world ... A feast for all the senses. --The Jewellery Editor

This chic tome is almost as beautiful as the fine jewels it celebrates. --The Daily Telegraph

An awe-inspiring new book. --Professional Jeweller

Lavishly illustrated. --The Jeweller

This glamorous new book is filled with stunning illustrations and fascinating stories about the gemstone ... perfect for your coffee table. --The Mayfair Magazine

With its rich, emerald silk cover and gold-foil blocking, Emerald is one of the season's most covetable coffee-table additions. --How to Spend it online (Financial Times)

a selection of rich photography and beautiful illustrations this deeply informative book is divided into three parts that tell the story of this exquisite gemstone. --In Detail

A tour de force ... excellent photographs ... excellent research. --The Jeweller

Gem lovers will be green with envy turning the pages of Emerald, an extravagant tome with stunning photos of verdantly bedecked royals, socialites and movie stars. --Architectural Digest

Lavish ... colour photos make palpable the jaw-dropping opulence of the 187-carat Mackay Emerald and other historic pieces. --Sotheby's Magazine

This glamorous new book is filled with stunning illustrations and fascinating stories about the gemstone ... perfect for your coffee table. --The Mayfair Magazine

With its rich, emerald silk cover and gold-foil blocking, Emerald is one of the season's most covetable coffee-table additions. --How to Spend it online (Financial Times)

a selection of rich photography and beautiful illustrations this deeply informative book is divided into three parts that tell the story of this exquisite gemstone. --In Detail

About the Author:

Jonathan Self has been passionate about emeralds and their enigma for more than thirty years. He has written for The Times, Country Life and Vanity Fair, and is the author of over a dozen books. Joanna Hardy was senior specialist in the Jewelry Department at Sotheby's London. In 2006 she masterminded and launched 'London Rocks', a pioneering exhibition of contemporary jewelry, and was also the force behind the exhibition 'Art Rocks' at the Shizaru Gallery in Mayfair, London, in Autumn 2011. Franca Sozzani is editor of Vogue Italia. Hettie Judah is a writer, art critic for the i, art critic for Artnet, culture correspondent for The New York Times and T Magazine, regular contributor to The Guardian, The Spaces, Art Review and Frieze.

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