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Tiaras - A History of Splendour Hardcover – December 1, 2001
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Munn has served as the jewelry consultant and appraiser for the BBC version of "Antiques Roadshow" for some years, and his expertise is immediately evident in "Tiaras." He gives a detailed-but-never-overwhelming history of these crown-like adornments, from ancient Egypt and Rome (where they began as wreaths of foliage worn by nobility) all the way through the 20th century.
You would think that only bejewelled tiaras would be represented here, but this is not the case. Of course there are magnificent examples in all manner of precious metals and faceted gemstones, but there is also a variety of unusual pieces, such as . . .
. . . a black-and-white banded agate tiara designed specifically for use when the wearer is in mourning;
. . . an improbably lovely washed beechwood (yes, wood!) tiara designed by Queen Elizabeth's nephew, Viscount Linley, a famed furniture designer, and modeled here by his lovely wife;
. . . a rock-crystal tiara hand-engraved with Russian arabesques and set with a shimmering array of rose-cut and brilliant diamonds;
. . . a foliate-and-floral tiara in which the three-dimensional elements decorating the piece are set "en tremblant," meaning that they quiver as though alive with every subtle movement of the wearer's head;
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If you love jewelry and/or if you follow royal families, take a peek at this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It came faster than expected and with a very nice note. It was overall a wonderful experience!Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Beautiful examples and illustrations along with some fascinating history. However the organization of the plates/illustrations is frustrating and disjointed. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Yamy!
This book is fantastic. The photography is beautiful and the information is very informative. Have enjoyed very much.Published 7 months ago by ConstantReader
Wonderful book for all the would-be princesses out there.Published 11 months ago by Katie in Colorado
i love looking at any books regarding royal jewels and tiaras, it goes back to a more simple time in history.Published 12 months ago by Karen Falkman
Spectacular jewelry eye candy for those who admire precious gems and royal history. This book is packed with gorgeous photographs of tiaras in royal and private collections. Read morePublished 15 months ago by K. Gaylin
GREAT BOOK!! A classic for historical jewelry and great designs! Very detailed and lots of photos.Published 15 months ago by R. Andreas
What a fantastic book. The illustrations and descriptions of the pieces are wonderful. I highly recommend it to anyone that loves jewels and the history of tiaras.Published 17 months ago by Brent F.
Lovely book, it has always amazed me how royalty has the most beautiful jewelry. Of course most of it is owned by the State. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Betty C. Sourk