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Emerald: Twenty-one Centuries of Jewelled Opulence and Power Hardcover – February 4, 2014

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“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 movies 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 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 starts reveal their experience of possessing emeralds in these pages.” (Quest)

About the Author

Joanna Hardy is a gemologist and jewelry specialist who has worked for De Beers and Sotheby's. She lectures widely and writes for many international magazines and newspapers, and features on the popular BBC program Antiques Roadshow.

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.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson; 1 edition (February 4, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500517207
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500517208
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 0.2 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #190,997 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Nothdurft on May 21, 2014
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Exactly what we wanted. Lots of historic jewelry of different eras and different styles. Great photographs. We bought for friends as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By KJ on July 9, 2014
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Purchased this beautiful coffee table book for my in-laws who have an extensive collection of jewelry design books. They raved about the comprehensive information included in this title and really loved all the color photographs. A great gift for anyone who loves emeralds and jewelry design.
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By 4 Fleurs on February 9, 2015
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Simply gorgeous. Beautiful, clear photographs, interesting background on many of the jewels and their iconic owners. A must for anyone who loves emeralds and the fabulous jewelry houses that created works of art as well as the history of emeralds. A necessity in any jewelry library.
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By Lynnette on August 11, 2014
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great pictures
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By mina Hammonds on August 26, 2014
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very good!
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