Emerald: Twenty-one Centuries of Jeweled Opulence and Power (Hardcover)

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By Joanna Hardy, Jonathan Self, Franca Sozzani (Preface by), Hettie Judah (Introduction by)
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An ambitious, lavishly illustrated survey of the most valuable of precious gems

Sparkling, glittering, and gleaming, emeralds are gemstones twenty times rarer than diamonds. In the first section of Emerald, we see pieces worn by celebrities ranging from Elizabeth Taylor and Angelina Jolie to royals such as Princess Diana, all alongside classic images of emeralds from art, advertising, and fashion.

The second part of this major volume showcases more than thirty of the world's most significant and famous pieces of emerald jewelry, including many previously unseen designs from private and royal collections. Historic creations that are almost 5,500 years old are represented alongside modern jewelry houses, including Cartier, Boucheron, Bulgari, Harry Winston, and more.

The third and final part tells the story of the emerald trade from mine to market, illustrated with specially commissioned photography from across four continents.

About the Author

Joanna Hardy is an independent gemologist and jewelry specialist, formerly of De Beers, Philips, and Sothebys. She lectures widely and writes for many international magazines and newspapers.

Jonathan Self has written for The Times and Vanity Fair, and is the author of over a dozen books.

Franca Sozzani is editor of Vogue Italia.

Hettie Judah is a British author who has written extensively about fashion, art, and design for various international publications. Recent books that she has edited include Pattern: 100 Fashion Designers, 10 Curators and Art & Queer Culture.

Praise For…

In this glittering book, the emerald proves to be a protagonist faceted and bewitching as any human character.
— Fast Co.Design

Pick up a little something sparkly for Jewel Day, even if it's just for the coffee table. Emerald is a pictorial history of the highly coveted green gemstone.

— Elle

An extravagant tome with stunning photos of verdantly bedecked royals, socialites, and movie stars.
— Architectural Digest

Channel your inner Elizabeth Taylor and immerse yourself in the history of the green gem's many iterations, from a cabochon pendant worn as a headdress in the pages of Vogue to Cartier-designed crown jewels for the Maharaja of Patiala.

— Lonny

A celebratory look into the gemstone and its cultural heritage.
— Harper's Bazaar

Gemologist Joanna Hardy traces the history of emerald jewels from the pyramids of ancient Egypt to the necklines of Angelina Jolie and Elizabeth Taylor.
— InStyle

Written history abounds here . . . as the authors describe such phenomena as the Cheapside Hoard—a rich trove of Elizabethan and Jacobean jewelry discovered in London in 1912—and the role of the stones in a variety of kingdoms.
— Women's Wear Daily

Tells the story of the magnificent gem that is twenty times more rare than diamonds. Packed with hundreds of examples of fabulous emerald jewelry.
— Luxury Las Vegas

A unique reference that will be a ‘must’ not just for arts holdings, but for any serious jewelry or gemstone collector.
— Midwest Book Review

Fabulous. . . . Connoisseurs, experts, princes, and movie stars reveal their experience of possessing emeralds in these pages.
— Quest

Product Details
ISBN: 9780500517208
ISBN-10: 0500517207
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Publication Date: February 4th, 2014
Pages: 272
Language: English