Emerald Twenty-one Centuries of Jewelled Opulence and Power

Joanna Hardy, Jonathan Self, Franca Sozzani, Hettie Judah

Description

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.

Reviews

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

— Fast Co.Design

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

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

— Midwest Book Review

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

— Architectural Digest

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

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

— Quest

Contributors

Joanna Hardy

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

Author

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

Franca Sozzani

Preface By

Franca Sozzani is editor of Vogue Italia.

Hettie Judah

Introduction By

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.