Synopsis: CELEBRATING JEWELLERY: GREAT JEWELS OF THE NINETEETH AND TWENTIETH CENTURIES
Success, wealth and privilege have many ways of manifesting themselves, not least through the purchase and display of beautiful jewels. Some of the greatest and most iconic pieces from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries are included in 'Celebrating Jewellery', by David Bennett and Daniela Mascetti. Every example is synonymous with style and luxury, from the formal tiaras, suites and ornaments of the Victorians through to the innovations of Belle Epoque and Revivalism, to the geometric and linear designs of the Art Deco movement, and the bold, colourful jewels of the late twentieth century. All the great jewellery designers and manufacturers are represented, including Castellani, Giuliano, Lalique, Vever, Lemonnier, Chaumet, Cartier, Boucheron, Herz-Belperron, Van Cleef & Arpels, Boivin, Schlumberger, Bulgari and JAR. Each jewel is shown in superb detail, with captions explaining the history and background to its design. Also included are a number of the most famous jewels in history, such as the Cartier 'great cat' and flamingo jewels for the Duchess of Windsor, and other lavish and illustrious examples created for European royalty. This is a magnificent volume, which will provide lasting inspiration and pleasure to anyone with a love of the great jewels of the last two hundred years.