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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 world's 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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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. " 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. " In this glittering book, the emerald proves to be a protagonist faceted and bewitching as any human character. A celebratory look into the gemstone and its cultural heritage. Gemologist Joanna Hardy traces the history of emerald jewels from the pyramids of ancient Egypt to the necklines of Angelina Jolie and Elizabeth Taylor. A unique reference that will be a must not just for arts holdings, but for any serious jewelry or gemstone collector." 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. A unique reference that will be a 'must' not just for arts holdings, but for any serious jewelry or gemstone collector. An extravagant tome with stunning photos of verdantly bedecked royals, socialites, and movie stars. Tells the story of the magnificent gem that is twenty times more rare than diamonds. Packed with hundreds of examples of fabulous emerald jewelry. Fabulous. . . . Connoisseurs, experts, princes, and movie stars reveal their experience of possessing emeralds in these pages.

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