on April 25, 2013
This is an extraordinary book -- there have been a number of books on Russian jewels (Faberge, etc.) in past years, but this one, in my opinion, surpasses the rest -- for one thing, it chronologically examines jewelry by the various Tsarist reigns, which helps immensely. For another, the photography is superb -- in fact, it is one of the few books on jewels which shows extreme closeups of how some of the pieces are made and fit together. Very fine book.
on March 11, 2013
Lots of details about how jewelry was make, why it was made and for whom it was made -- a little bit of where is is now. All intermingled with historic details about the rules, their families and their court.
I'm particularly glad it's not the same old re-hash of the same old Faberge items and imperial jewelry from the museums.
But knowing Ulla, I knew it wouldn't be!