Showcasing jewels and bringing them to life, these 40 stories are an intriguing blend of art, science, history and psychology, tracing the lives of jewels and all those connected to them. The authors have brought their considerable knowledge and experience of handling jewellery and gemstones to compiling a lavishly illustrated book of stories in which the jewels are not always the most expensive or important to have passed through the saleroom, but rather are those that have an intriguing history or provenance attached to them.Spanning diverse cultures and countries, different time periods and design eras, the stories allow us into the private lives of those who have loved and lost jewellery, who have owned and treasured, commissioned, designed, created, given and received it, and who have marked the most memorable moments of their lives with it. The stories in this very different type of jewellery book have never been shared publicly before, and all of them are true.
Sarah Hue-Williams is a freelance gemmologist, jewellery historian and lecturer. Winner of the Anderson Medal for Gemmology, she is a Fellow of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain, the Gemmological Institute of America, and author of Christie’s Guide to Jewellery. Raymond Sancroft-Baker joined Christie’s in 1969 and was European Jewellery Director there for over 20 years, working in London, Geneva, Hong Kong and Los Angeles. He is a Fellow of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain.
40 stories about jewels never publicly shared before - Lavish photographs of famous jewels and jewellery - Rare archive photographs and historic paintings of wearers and owners - Notes on the designers, makers and jewellers - Informative text on sources of gemstones