The Jewellery Archives Revealed

Author: Vincent Meylan

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781851498475


Page: 244

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*Full access to Christie's archives has been granted for this book, resulting in the inclusion of never-before seen images*Stories of the world's great jewelry collections*Expertly curating Christie's extensive archives, Vincent Meylan has drawn out the key details of each momentous saleFor centuries, the stories of the world's great jewelry collections have lain hidden within the archives of Christie's, the celebrated auctioneers. From the tragic European queens, Mary, Queen of Scots and Marie Antoinette - both beheaded - to Hollywood royalty such as Elizabeth Taylor, the vaults sparkle with the most celebrated (and occasionally notorious) names of the last 250 years. Following on from the success of his books on Boucheron: The Secret Archives, Van Cleef & Arpels: Treasures and Legends and Mellerio: Jewellers to the Queens of Europe, author Vincent Meylan explores these remarkable jewelry archives, revealing the mysteries within for the first time.Each sale had its intrigue, each its story to tell. The first auction of jewelry from the British royal family took place at Christie's in 1773, after the death of the Princess of Wales, mother of George III. As the archives reveal, in the subsequent centuries, Christie's has been party to the sale of jewelry by several further generations of British royals, from Lady Patricia Ramsay and the Countess of Southesk through to Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon. And, in the wake of revolution and regicide further afield, the crown jewels of France, Russia, Bavaria, Serbia, Egypt, India and Spain were all sold at Christie's. Aside from Elizabeth Taylor, the legendary movie star collections of Merle Oberon and Gloria Swanson are also revealed here, as well as the most famous pearls and diamonds in the world; each explored within the context of their owners' remarkable lives. Expertly curating the extensive archives, Vincent Meylan has drawn out the key details of each momentous sale. More than a hundred original documents from the vaults are reproduced in the book, alongside hundreds of color illustrations of the jewels and their owners. Contents: Introduction by Fran�ois Curiel, Chairman of Christie's Asia-Pacific; 1. Guillotine Diamonds; 2. Murdered Queens; 3. Pomp and Circumstances; 4. Empresses in Exile; 5. The French Court; 6. From Christie's with Love; 7. Soft as a Pearl; 8. Bloody Revolutions; 9. Ladies of the Stage; 10. Gems from the East; 11. Diamonds are Christie's Best Friends; 12. Appendix: Prestigious Provenances.
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The Life and Work of a Master Jeweler

Author: Patricia Corbett

Publisher: Harry N Abrams Incorporated


Category: Art

Page: 224

View: 1946

A master of metamorphosis, Sicilian duke-turned-jewelry-designer Fulco di Verdura (1898-1978) studded seashells with precious gems, transformed sailor's knots into pearl-encrusted necklaces, and wrapped blazing ruby hearts with braided gold rope. Since the mid-20th century, his ultrasophisticated neo-Baroque pieces have been the status symbols of a near-secret society of European blue bloods, Hollywood royalty, and Park Avenue patricians. Verdura's by-appointment-only patrons included Wallis Simpson, Marlene Dietrich, and Diana Vreeland, who considered his Maltese Cross cuffs an essential part of her daily uniform.In this lavish book, featuring fresh color photographs as well as vintage images, Patricia Corbett presents a deft evaluation of Verdura's work and a glimpse inside his impossibly glamorous world.
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Christie's Guide to Jewellery

Author: Sarah Hue-Williams

Publisher: Editions Assouline

ISBN: 9782843233029

Category: Art

Page: 95

View: 4976

For more than 200 years, buyers and sellers have sought advice from Christie's specialists. For the first time, Christie's shares this knowledge in an easy-to-use guide to jewellery with stunning color photographs. Christie's Guide to Jewellery provides essential facts and advice on how to appreciate and understand jewels. What should you look for in a gem? Which artificial enhancements should you be aware of when choosing a stone? Why is spinel one of the most underrated gems today? Offering everything from a description of the four "C" categories to an explanation of the origin of the word "carat, " Christie's Guide to Jewellery is a must-have book for both serious and amateur collectors.
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Van Cleef & Arpels

Treasures and Legends

Author: Vincent Meylan

Publisher: Antique Collectors Club Limited

ISBN: 9781851497706

Category: Antiques & Collectibles

Page: 344

View: 9597

Vincent Meylan highlights the stories behind the jewels that passed through the Paris-based company over a period of 100 years."
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Elizabeth Taylor

My Love Affair with Jewelry

Author: Elizabeth Taylor

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780743254380

Category: Antiques & Collectibles

Page: 239

View: 9430

Profiles the film star's collection of jewelry, providing descriptions of her most noteworthy pieces and describing their representation of particular relationships and events in her life.
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Hidden Gems

Stories from the Saleroom

Author: Sarah Hue-Williams,Raymond Sancroft-Baker

Publisher: Unicorn Press (CA)

ISBN: 9781910065990


Page: 312

View: 4351

Sarah Hue-Williams and Raymond Sancroft-Baker have spent decades working in the jewelry industry, from assessing historical gems to selling some of the most important, rare, and unusual pieces of jewelry ever to come on the market. ?In this book, they turn that experience into forty lavishly illustrated true stories from the world of gems and jewelry. Drawing from a wide range of periods, cultures, and countries, the authors take us behind the scenes, showing us the fascinating origins and secret histories of some unforgettable creations--and the lives of the people who desired and won them, loved and lost them. Even in a world of luxury, there's nothing quite so dramatic as a beautiful piece of finely crafted jewelry; the stories in this book remind us why.
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The Secret Archives of Boucheron

Author: Vincent Meylan

Publisher: ACC Distribution

ISBN: 9781851496679

Category: Crafts & Hobbies

Page: 298

View: 365

"[Meylan] writes with a light though erudite touch about the House of Boucheron and its clients, with little of the sycophantic style that blights many of the volumes on the great jewellery houses. It is a highly readable book" Gems and Jewellery (The Ge
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Jewels of the Romanovs

Family & Court

Author: Stefano Papi

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780500517062

Category: Antiques & Collectibles

Page: 352

View: 6584

An amazing collection of images of the Romanovs, their world, and their fabulous jewels brings the last years of the dynasty to life
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Going Once

250 Years of Culture, Taste and Collecting at Christie's

Author: Christie's

Publisher: Phaidon Press

ISBN: 9780714872025

Category: Art

Page: 496

View: 3185

A celebration of evolving taste, told through the stories behind 250 objects sold by the world's leading auction house Founded in London in 1766, Christie's is one of the most important auction houses in the world. During its history, Christie's has sold masterpieces by artists such as Picasso, Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, and Vincent van Gogh, often at record-breaking prices; and, away from the world of art, the personal possessions of such well-known figures as Napoleon Bonaparte, Marilyn Monroe, Yves Saint Laurent, and Princess Diana. From furniture to works of fine and decorative art, vintage cars to clothing and jewellery, the items sold at its auctions hold a mirror to our history and reflect our culture at large. Going Once vividly brings to life the shifts in aesthetic trends, fashion, and design over the centuries, showcasing 250 of the most outstanding objects in its storied history - including some of the very first pieces sold at the auction house.
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Treasures of Rome

Author: Vincent Meylan

Publisher: Acc Art Books

ISBN: 9781851498796


Page: 296

View: 2182

-Compiled with full access to Bulgari's archives A jewel is more than an arrangement of precious stones - it is a story. This is the principle on which Vincent Meylan, author of Christie's: The Jewellery Archives Revealed, Boucheron: The Secret Archives, Van Cleef & Arpels: Treasures and Legends, and Mellerio: Jewellers to the Queens of Europe, has written his latest book. Now, with unparalleled access to the Bulgari archives, Meylan guides us on an intimate journey through the lives of the clients, both famous and infamous, who have given this pre-eminent Mediterranean jeweler their patronage. Paris may be the traditional home of the jeweller elite, but Bulgari embraces its Roman origins. From their early creations, inspired by Byzantine and Islamic architecture, to designs like the Trombino ring and Serpenti bracelets, which are still relevant today, Bulgari gracefully navigates the line between contemporary and timeless. Their client roster reflects their prestige. Nobility and celebrity intermingle; the Countess di Frasso shopped at Bulgari with her Hollywood superstar-beau, Gary Cooper, as did the Infanta Beatriz of Spain and Princess Maria José of Belgium. Richard Burton wooed Elizabeth Taylor with glittering Bulgari jewels, while the decadent marriage of Tyrone Power and Linda Christian featured Bulgari wedding rings. But these jewels tell tales of many genres, not just romance: from exiled Iranian Shahs to Count Cini of Monselice, held for ransom by the SS and released in exchange for Bulgari jewels. Each story is retold with Vincent Meylan's characteristic verve, embellished with original pictures from the archives. Chapters are dedicated to wealthy customers, but also to the stones themselves, tracing the evolution of this iconic Roman company through history, and the development of their jewelry from mine, to workshop, to model.
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Harry Winston

Rare Jewels of the World

Author: Alexis Gregory

Publisher: Universe Pub

ISBN: 9780789303264

Category: Crafts & Hobbies

Page: 79

View: 6457

A fascinating chronicle of the career of the "King of Diamonds," founder of an international firm, captures his expertise in jewelry-making, showing how his creative cutting of priceless gems made his name synonymous with artful elegance.
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Jewels by JAR

Author: Adrian Sassoon,Joel Arthur Rosenthal,Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)

Publisher: Metropolitan Museum of Art

ISBN: 1588395316

Category: Jewelry

Page: 112

View: 9449

Called "the Fabergé of our time" by Diane von Furstenberg, Joel A. Rosenthal, who works in Paris under the name JAR, is one of the most acclaimed jewellery designers of the past thirty years. JAR is known for his use of precious and semi-precious stones resplendent with myriad shades of vibrant colour and set in organic shapes: one brooch, for instance, features lifelike petals in subtly differentiated hues, made from a thousand pavé sapphires and amethysts. The New York Times has described his jewellery as "belligerent, stubborn, audacious, funny, contradictory", while JAR himself has characterised his work as "somewhere between geometry and a bouquet of flowers". This book, featuring nearly 70 pieces from throughout JAR's career, provides a concise, accessible, elegantly designed retrospective of the best of his jewellery creations, and is the only book of its kind on his work available in English.
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Queens' Jewels

Author: Vincent Meylan

Publisher: Editions Assouline

ISBN: 9782843233647

Category: Antiques & Collectibles

Page: 208

View: 8980

"The history of royal jewels told through the destiny of the queens who wore them." Serving as a resplendent symbol of regal power and grandeur, royal jewels have been treasured assets of monarchies for centuries. Whether hidden or flaunted, sold or stolen, the stories behind crown jewels mirror the history of the rise and fall of the world's most legendary families. In this stunning, lavishly illustrated volume, royalty expert Vincent Meylan draws readers into the fascinating tales of passion, mystery, adventure and intrigue that surround royal jewel caches, and shows what these dazzling treasures have meant to both the royals who wear them and the public that admires them. Beginning with the state of royal jewels today, Queens' Jewels looks back in time to chronicle the history--sometimes glamorous, sometimes gruesome--of the glittering regalia of monarchs in Russia, Iran and all across Western Europe. From the Bonapartes to the Romanovs to the Windsors, Queens' Jewels "recreates a mythical universe of which these jewels are the most powerful symbol, the silent witness of times of glory and times of tragedy."
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Author: Hans Nadelhoffer

Publisher: Chronicle Books

ISBN: 9780811860994

Category: Antiques & Collectibles

Page: 352

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From modest beginnings in Paris to predominance in the world of high fashion, the rise of the house of Cartier is comprehensively chronicled in this lavish volume. In the 1980s Cartier granted Hans Nadelhoffer exclusive access to its archives in order to write the definitive history. Long out of print, Nadelhoffer's exhaustive research has been revived with lush new photography and design sketches of the world's most distinctive and finely crafted jewelry. Through charming and compelling anecdotes, these famed gemsand the elite clientele who don themare brought to life. This fully illustrated account is the essential complement to any jewelry lover's collection, and will satisfy the longings of all those who covet this legendary brand.
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The Queen's Diamonds

Author: Hugh Roberts

Publisher: Royal Collection Publications

ISBN: 9781905686384

Category: Art

Page: 319

View: 8237

Published on the occasion of the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, this book tells the story of the magnificent royal inheritance of diamonds from the time of Queen Adelaide in the 1830s to the present day. Illustrated with a wealth of archive material as well as extensive new photography of the jewels, this important publication includes stones of international importance as well as items of great historic significance, and will be a standard work of reference on diamond jewellery for many years to come.
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20th Century Jewelry & the Icons of Style

Author: Stefano Papi,Alexandra Rhodes

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780500519004


Page: 320

View: 7787

For many centuries, collecting precious jewels was the province of kings and queens, emperors, and maharajas. But in the aftermath of the First World War, royal gems passed into the hands of a different kind of elite that included celebrities and a coterie that reveled in a nouveau riche whirl. Changes in fashion and the rise of Art Deco style led them to reset pieces or commission exquisite contemporary designs. Authors Stefano Papi and Alexandra Rhodes explore this dazzling era via profiles of eleven glamorous women who built up astonishing jewelry collections in the mid-twentieth century. This revised and updated edition includes two new chapters that explore the lives and jewels of Ganna Walska and Helene Rochas. The authors reveal the remarkable stories behind the jewels and their collectors. Not only do they bring to life the worlds in which these women moved, but they also describe the gems in detail and chronicle the work of the leading jewelers of the day, including Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, and Harry Winston. The book is illustrated with gorgeous close-up photography of the jewels as well as drawings of the original designs, and includes portraits of the collectors by Beaton, Horst, and other leading photographers of the time."
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The Crown Jewels

The Official Illustrated History

Author: Anna Keay

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780500289822

Category: Crown jewels

Page: 176

View: 9489

This edition features a specially bound copy of Keay's book together with a facsimile of Joseph Robins's panoramic representation of Queen Victoria's 1838 coronation procession in Westminster Abbey presented together in a clamshell gift box.
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A Celebration of Earth's Treasures

Author: Dorling Kindersley

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780241226032

Category: Gems

Page: 360

View: 7389

Celebrate the most dazzling jewels on Earth with Jewel, the most glamorous guide to jewellery, gems, and minerals. With a foreword by Judith Miller, Jewel is a lavish look at precious stones, organic gems, and precious metals. Discover gemstones from agate to zoisite, take an up-close look at the world's most extravagant and famous jewellery, and immerse yourself in the incredible stories behind famous gems including the stunning Koh-i-Noor, the exquisite Faberg� eggs, and the mysterious Hope diamond. Packed with spectacular photography, intriguing history, and fascinating real-life stories, Jewel is the most sumptuous celebration of the treasures of the Earth and the perfect gift for anyone looking for a little glamour.
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Be Jeweled

Author: Patrizia Di Carrobio

Publisher: Edizioni Polistampa

ISBN: 9788859617532

Category: Antiques & Collectibles

Page: 176

View: 1602

It goes without saying that jewels are not just ornaments: precious stones, necklaces, rings help us to express our way of being. They remind us of particular moments or special people, sometimes we wear them or offer them as gifts to make a strong impression on others. The author of this book, a tiny gem in itself, is an authority on the subject, and her memories, combined with alluring digressions on topics ranging from fashion to style, from history to literature to cinema, tell us about a world of art and beauty, where dreams often turn into scintillating realities. Cover by Francesca Joppolo. Drawings by Marco Milanesi.
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The Jewels of the Duchess of Windsor

Author: John Culme,Nicholas Rayner

Publisher: Rizzoli International Publications


Category: Antiques & Collectibles

Page: 223

View: 930

Shows and describes rings, brooches, pendants, necklaces, earrings, bracelets, clips, powder cases, purses, lockets, silver, cigarette cases, and seals from the collection of the Duchess of Windsor.
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