Jewelry Coffee Table Books-Your Christmas Present

If you are behind with the Christmas gifts here is a collection of 15 coffee table books, exploring the world of precious gem stones from Cartier refined style to Bulgari opulence and Indian priceless stones. A perfect gift for the beauty lovers!

Beyond extravagance: Treasures of India

Beyond extravagance: Treasures of India

Sapphires from Sri Lanka, diamonds from Golconda and engraved emeralds, this breathtaking book of condensed luxury, published by Assouline, retraces four centuries of Indian history through the astounding jewelry collection of Sheikh Hamad.

Beyond Extravagance – A Royal Collection of Gems and Jewels by Dr. Amin Jaffer, published by Assouline

Beyond extravagance: Treasures of India  Photo: Turban ornament in platinum and diamonds with a 109.5 carat cushion-cut sapphire from Sri Lanka, 1920 ® Laziz

Beyond extravagance: Treasures of India
Turban ornament in platinum and diamonds with a 109.5 carat cushion-cut sapphire from Sri Lanka, 1920 ® Laziz

Cartier, L'Odyssée d'un style Haute joaillerie et objets précieux par Cartier, text by François Chaille published by Flammarion

Cartier, L’Odyssée d’un style
Haute joaillerie et objets précieux par Cartier, text by François Chaille published by Flammarion

Cartier, L'Odyssée d'un style  Photo: platinum bracelet, 1 25.35 carats carré-cut sapphire, baguette-cut sapphires and diamonds, 1 triangle diamond, and onyx.

Cartier, L’Odyssée d’un style
Platinum bracelet, 1 25.35 carats carré-cut sapphire, baguette-cut sapphires and diamonds, 1 triangle diamond, and onyx.

The Impossible Collection of Jewelry, by Vivienne Becker, Assouline

The Impossible Collection of Jewelry, by Vivienne Becker, Assouline

The Impossible collection of Jewelry  Photo: heart brooch by Fulco di Verdura in platinum, rubies, gold and diamonds, created in 1949 for a Palm Beach client as a Valentine's day present. © David Behl, Photo Courtesy of Verdura

The Impossible collection of Jewelry
Heart brooch by Fulco di Verdura in platinum, rubies, gold and diamonds, created in 1949 for a Palm Beach client as a Valentine’s day present. © David Behl, Photo Courtesy of Verdura.

Bulgari: La Dolce Vita & Beyond

Bulgari: La Dolce Vita & Beyond
The Art of Bulgari: La Dolce Vita and Beyond, 1950 – 1990 by Martin Chapman and Amanda Triossi, published by Prestel

Bulgari: La Dolce Vita & Beyond  Photo: Elizabeth Taylor in 1962 wearing a Serpenti bracelet watch on set for the film Cleopatra.

Bulgari: La Dolce Vita & Beyond
Elizabeth Taylor in 1962 wearing a Serpenti bracelet watch on set for the film Cleopatra.

JAR PARIS II

JAR PARIS II, by JAR and P. Jeannet, available at the Galignani bookstore

This second tome documents 316 treasures designed by the Place Vendôme‘s most secretive jeweler, Joël Arthur Rosenthal, displaying his fine collections and charming style, which is also currently on show at a rare official retrospective at the Metropolitan Museum in New York.

A tribute to Van Cleef & Arpels

A tribute to Van Cleef & Arpels
Éloge de la main: les métiers de la haute joaillerie chez Van Cleef & Arpels by Franco Cologni, Marsilio

A tribute to Van Cleef & Arpels  Photo: Van Cleef & Arpels' Zip necklace

A tribute to Van Cleef & Arpels
Van Cleef & Arpels’ Zip necklace

25,000 Years of Jewelry, edited for Staatliche Museen in Berlin by Prestel

25,000 Years of Jewelry, edited for Staatliche Museen in Berlin by Prestel

Publishing house Prestel looks back to the beginnings of jewelry-making with this beautiful book on the 25,000-year history of jewelry. An inspiring tome, showcasing the jewels of Berlin’s Staatliche Museen museum, this book takes readers to the four corners of the world to discover everything from Etruscan gems to African jewels, becoming a must-read for any jewelry lover.

25 000 Years of jewelry  Photo: Leather bracelets. Nigeria. 19th century. © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Stefan Büechner, Berlin

25 000 Years of jewelry
Leather bracelets. Nigeria. 19th century. © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Stefan Büechner, Berlin

20th Century Jewelry and the Icons of Style by Stefano Papi and Alexandra Rhodes, published by Thames & Hudson

20th Century Jewelry and the Icons of Style by Stefano Papi and Alexandra Rhodes, published by Thames & Hudson

For jewelry lovers, it’s not the sex and scandal surrounding  20th century icons like Wallis SimpsonDaisy Fellowes, and Barbara Hutton that are so fascinating, but their incredible collections of fine jewelry. With Thames and Hudson‘s book 20th century Jewelry and the Icons of Style, which explores both aspects of the women’s lives, there’s no need to choose.

20th Century Jewelery and the Icons of Style  Photo: Hindu necklace created by Cartier for Daisy Fellowes, 1936. Courtesy of Sotheby's

20th Century Jewelery and the Icons of Style
Hindu necklace created by Cartier for Daisy Fellowes, 1936. Courtesy of Sotheby’s

Mellerio dits Meller: 400 years of history

Mellerio dits Meller: 400 years of history, by Vincent Meylan, published byTélémaque

It’s a story that spans 14 generations of one family, running from the Craveggia valley on the Swiss-Italian border to Paris’ rue de la Paix, via some of the most colorful figures in European royal history. Jewelry historian Vincent Meylan takes us through the Mellerio dits Meller story, in this book from Télémaque.

Mellerio dits Meller: 400 years of history  Photo: Bouquet of roses brooch owned by Princesse Mathilde designed by Mellerio dits Meller

Mellerio dits Meller: 400 years of history
Bouquet of roses brooch owned by Princesse Mathilde designed by Mellerio dits Meller

David Webb, the quintessential american jeweler by Ruth Peltason, published by Assouline

David Webb, the quintessential american jeweler by Ruth Peltason, published by Assouline

“I believe the things I make have museum quality and, hopefully, will last as long as the originals that inspired them”, David Webb. Assouline is celebrating the 65th birthday of the jewelry deisgner who was the Kennedy‘s favorite, with this look back at his animal-inspired pieces and inspiring quotes.

David Webb's birthday book  Photo: Webb Zebra Bracelet in enamal, diamonds, rubies, platinum and gold, 1963

David Webb’s birthday book
Webb Zebra Bracelet in enamal, diamonds, rubies, platinum and gold, 1963

100 Montres Cultes published by Solar

100 Montres Cultes published by Solar

Fashion Jewelry: the collection of Barbara Berger by Harrice Simons Miller published by Assouline

Fashion Jewelry: the collection of Barbara Berger by Harrice Simons Miller published by Assouline

Barbara Berger's amazing collection of fashion jewelry  Photo: Attributed to Balenciaga (circa 1960s), France; designer: Lina Baretti. Cross pendant synthetic pearls, glass, velvet and gold. © Pablo Esteva.

Barbara Berger’s amazing collection of fashion jewelry
Attributed to Balenciaga (circa 1960s), France; designer: Lina Baretti. Cross pendant synthetic pearls, glass, velvet and gold. © Pablo Esteva.

The Jewels of the Romanovs, by Stefano Papi published Thames & Hudson

The Jewels of the Romanovs, by Stefano Papi published Thames & Hudson

Many of these Romanov treasures disappeared with the last Tsar, mythical pieces for those who dream of the restoration of the collection, revisited by Stefano Papi to celebrate 400 years of the dynasty.

Haute joaillerie, bijoux exceptionnels du XXIème siècle by Juliet Weir-de La Rochefoucauld published by La Bibliothèque des Arts

Haute joaillerie, bijoux exceptionnels du XXIème siècle by Juliet Weir-de La Rochefoucauld published by La Bibliothèque des Arts

Modern Haute Joaillerie  Photo: Wallace Chan's mobile brooch in tanzanites, pink and blue sapphires, rubies, green garnets, white diamonds and titanium

Modern Haute Joaillerie
Wallace Chan’s mobile brooch in tanzanites, pink and blue sapphires, rubies, green garnets, white diamonds and titanium.

source vogue.fr

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