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Seller: ancientgifts (4,568) 100%, Location: Lummi Island, Washington, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 122280074566 Emerald: Twenty-One Centuries of Jewelled Opulence and Power by Joanna Hardy and Jonathan Self. NOTE: We have 75,000 books in our library, almost 10,000 different titles. Odds are we have other copies of this same title in varying conditions, some less expensive, some better condition. We might also have different editions as well (some paperback, some hardcover, oftentimes international editions). If you don’t see what you want, please contact us and ask. We’re happy to send you a summary of the differing conditions and prices we may have for the same title. DESCRIPTION: Hardcover. Publisher: Thames & Hudson (2014). Pages: 326. Size: 14 x 10½ x 1½ inches; 7½ pounds. Sparkling, glittering, and gleaming, emeralds are gemstones twenty times rarer than diamonds. In the first section of “Emerald”, we see pieces worn by celebrities ranging from Elizabeth Taylor and Angelina Jolie to royals such as Princess Diana, all alongside classic images of emeralds from art, advertising, and fashion. The second part of this major volume showcases more than thirty of the world's most significant and famous pieces of emerald jewelry, including many previously unseen designs from private and royal collections. Historic creations that are almost 5,500 years old are represented alongside modern jewelry houses, including Cartier, Boucheron, Bulgari, Harry Winston, and more. The third and final part tells the story of the emerald trade from mine to market, illustrated with specially commissioned photography from across four continents. 400 color illustrations. CONDITION: NEW. MASSIVE new hardcover. Thames & Hudson (2014) 326 pages. Still in manufacturer's wraps. Unblemished, unmarked, pristine in every respect. Pages are pristine; clean, crisp, unmarked, unmutilated, tightly bound, unambiguously unread. Satisfaction unconditionally guaranteed. In stock, ready to ship. No disappointments, no excuses. PROMPT SHIPPING! HEAVILY PADDED, DAMAGE-FREE PACKAGING! Selling rare and out-of-print ancient history books on-line since 1997. We accept returns for any reason within 14 days! #8023a. PLEASE SEE DESCRIPTIONS AND IMAGES BELOW FOR DETAILED REVIEWS AND FOR PAGES OF PICTURES FROM INSIDE OF BOOK. PLEASE SEE PUBLISHER, PROFESSIONAL, AND READER REVIEWS BELOW. PUBLISHER REVIEWS: REVIEW: Lavishly illustrated and exquisitely designed, this book opens with a stunning series of images of style icons – historic and modern – wearing their favored emerald jewelry. As befits a prized gemstone that is twenty times rarer than diamond, here we see together, for the first time, pieces worn by celebrities ranging from film stars to royalty, all alongside classic images of emeralds from art, advertising and fashion, celebrated in a text by Franca Sozzani, editor of Vogue Italia . The second part of this major volume showcases more than forty of the world’s most significant and famous pieces of emerald jewelry, including many previously unseen designs from private and royal collections. Historic creations that are up to 5,500 years old are represented alongside all the modern jewelry houses. The third and final part of Emerald tells the story of the emerald trade from mine to market, illustrated with specially commissioned photography taken across four continents. REVIEW: As befits a prized gemstone that is twenty times rarer than diamond, this title features pieces worn by celebrities ranging from filmstars to royalty, all alongside classic images of emeralds from art, advertising and fashion. It showcases more than forty of the world's most significant and famous pieces of emerald jewelry. REVIEW: 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. REVIEW: Table Of Contents. The Jeweler's art. Ancient Civilizations. The Cheapside Hoard. Queens Princesses & Tiaras. Crowns. The Maharajahs of India. Art Nouveau Takes Flight. The Arrival of Art Deco. Modern women. Hollywood. Power Houses. The new Artisans. The story of emerald. A World of Emeralds. The road to Skkait: A visit to Cleopatra's Mines. Polycrates and the Ring. With Winding paths of emerald fire The Thin Green Line: a Tale of Three Empires. Colombian Adventure. Zambian Adventure. Encounters in the Pink and Green City. Healed by an emeralds. PROFESSIONAL REVIEWS: REVIEW: "Emerald" is the most ambitious homage to this beautiful gemstone ever published, created by Violette Editions as the first in a series of books on rare gemstones and published by Thames and Hudson with the generous support of Gemfields PLC. Lavishly illustrated and large format, Emerald brings together a stunning collection of images and essays befitting a gemstone that is 20 times rarer than diamond. Vogue Italia editor, Franca Sozzani, opens the book with a personal note on her relationship with jewelry and gemstones, which is then followed by Hettie Judah’s introduction to the complicated narratives behind some of the most iconic women, men, celebrities and royals to have worn famous emeralds, from Audrey Hepburn, Greta Garbo, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Elizabeth Taylor to royals including Queen Elizabeth II and the Maharani Gayatri Devi. Across more than 200 pages, the main part of this book, jewellery specialist Joanna Hardy selects and introduces some of the world’s most significant emerald artefacts and designs from around the world, including many previously unseen pieces from private, public and royal collections. Historic creations are represented alongside modern jewellery houses, including Cartier, Boucheron, Bulgari, Harry Winston, Shaun Leane, Leo De Vroomen, Grima and many more. The final part of Emerald delves into the cultural history of the emerald trade from mine to market. Author Jonathan Self and photographer Errol Rainey have visited ancient sites, working mines and collectors and dealers across four continents. With a particular focus on Colombia, India, Zambia and Egypt, this section of the book gives context to the origins of our fascination with this opulent green gemstone. REVIEW: With its sumptuous, dark green cloth binding and distinctive, gold embossed cover design, “Emerald Twenty-One Centuries of Jeweled Opulence and Power” is as luxurious a publication as its subject matter. Produced by Thames & Hudson in 2013, this heavy tome, featuring 400 beautiful illustrations, explores the fascinating origin of the elusive gem and its use throughout history. This fragile gemstone has been cherished as early as 1500 BC, when it was sourced in mines in Egypt. Since then, the stone has been found all over the world, in places as geographically varied as France, Madagascar and Russia. Split in three parts, Thames & Hudson’s detailed study of the gemstone also takes in historic designs and the glamorous owners of said pieces. This includes Elizabeth Taylor, whose many faceted Emerald and Diamond necklace by Bvlgari was last on display at the Victoria & Albert Museum’s survey of Italian Fashion. Other highlights are the included masterpieces by French maison, Chaumet. Opened in 1907 on 12, Place Vendome, Chaumet was appointed official Court Jeweler to Napoleon. Drawings depicting delicate pieces and sparkling tiaras, are today stored for posterity in the company’s magical archives. Combining the finesse of finished jewelry pieces, with the wild beauty of the original rough gemstone, ‘Emerald “Twenty-One Centuries of Jewelled Opulence and Power” is both a detailed study and immersive read. [Something About Magazine]. REVIEW: To present the visual history of an artist, movement or even medium is mission enough. Attempting such a project for a natural material, however, did not seem too big an undertaking for the four authors of Emerald, published by Thames & Hudson, who accomplish it with gallant devotion to the stone. Each of the quartet (Jonathan Self, Joanna Hardy, Franca Sozzani and Hettie Judah) approaches from a different background, from the aesthetic to the historical, to compile a tome that relates the physicality of emerald, its beguiling mythological roots, and its relationships with those who wear, mine, and admire it. The stories of the famous figures who have worn emeralds – including Catherine the Great, the Maharajah of Nawanagar and the Duchess of Windsor – are biographical of the jewels themselves. In her introduction, Hettie Judah signposts three types of 20th-century woman who wore important gemstones: royalty, the wealthy, and celebrities. Jewelry historian Joanna Hardy delves into examples from each category to chart centuries of an almost sociological history, arguing that custodianship lends jewelry life. With some new insights into their histories, Hardy’s chapter presents a chronological compendium of key emerald pieces from ages past, illustrated in some cases larger than life. Almost two thirds of the hardback are devoted to this relatively conventional storytelling, beginning with the Byzantine period, and working by way of the Cheapside Hoard (featuring a particularly spectacular watch c. 1600, set in a single hexagonal Colombian emerald crystal with a hinged lid), Art Nouveau, and the houses of Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels, to contemporary creations by Shaun Leane and Cindy Chao. Perhaps necessarily, the pages awarded to post-1900 pieces are greater than those to jewels made before, although the homage paid to Elizabeth Taylor is indeed indisputable. Judah’s brief introduction and a sweeping preface by Vogue Italia editor Franca Sozzani leaves neither at liberty to fully explore the subject, reliant instead on choice turns of phrase – ‘cruelly indifferent witnesses to the passage of time and power’ – while a stylistically incongruous fold-out map of gem-quality emerald trade routes and mining areas is nonetheless entertaining. Jonathan Self’s chapters are an unusual and fascinatingly original piece of documentary. Crediting some of the first musings about the stone in Pliny’s Natural History, Self traveled to report on the emerald in Egypt’s Eastern Desert at Cleopatra’s mines, the High Andes and Jaipur, and recounts something of a personal ode to the gemstone and its 21st-century role. His descriptions of his interactions with those who have a vested interested (princess, broker, jeweler) relate a compelling, anecdotal picture of the industry’s workings. Aching to spring off the page and become an hour-long television program (certainly 9pm BBC4 fare) is an hour-by-hour report of a working day in the Zambian emerald mine of Kagem, during which Self encounters a Rothko-like reaction zone, canteen food, and a local farming co-operative. For a few pages opulence and retail seem far removed, in a fresh acknowledgement of material trade. [Apollo Magazine]. REVIEW: An ambitious, lavishly illustrated survey of the most valuable of precious gemstones. Opens with a series of images of style icons historic and modern wearing their favored emerald jewelry. This book showcases more than forty of the worlds most significant and famous pieces of emerald jewelry, including many previously unseen designs from private and royal collections. REVIEW: In this glittering book, the emerald proves to be a protagonist faceted and bewitching as any human character. [Fast Company Design]. REVIEW: 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]. REVIEW: An extravagant tome with stunning photos of verdantly bedecked royals, socialites, and movies stars. Gem lovers will be green with envy turning the pages of “Emerald”, an extravagant tome with stunning photos of verdantly bedecked royals, socialites and movie stars. [Architectural Digest]. REVIEW: 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]. REVIEW: A celebratory look into the gemstone and its cultural heritage. [Harper's Bazaar]. REVIEW: 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]. REVIEW: 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]. REVIEW: 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]. REVIEW: A unique reference that will be a ‘must’ not just for arts holdings, but for any serious jewelry or gemstone collector. [Midwest Book Review]. REVIEW: Fabulous...Connoisseurs, experts, princes, and movie starts reveal their experience of possessing emeralds in these pages. [Quest]. REVIEW: Stunningly illustrated, with contributions from Vogue Italia editor Franca Sozzani, author Jonathan Self and jewelry specialist Joanna Hardy, Emerald the book promises to showcase this storied stone in extraordinary detail when it comes out this November. [Vanity Fair]. REVIEW: Glittering. [The Wall Street Journal]. REVIEW: Lavish new book Emerald is a definitive guide to the vivid green gem that has lit up the world...A feast for all the senses. [The Jewellery Editor]. REVIEW: This chic tome is almost as beautiful as the fine jewels it celebrates. [The Daily Telegraph]. REVIEW: An awe-inspiring new book. [Professional Jeweller]. REVIEW: This glamorous new book is filled with stunning illustrations and fascinating stories about the gemstone...perfect for your coffee table. [The Mayfair Magazine]. REVIEW: With its rich, emerald silk cover and gold-foil blocking, Emerald is one of the season's most covetable coffee-table additions. [Financial Times]. REVIEW: A selection of rich photography and beautiful illustrations this deeply informative book is divided into three parts that tell the story of this exquisite gemstone. [In Detail]. REVIEW: A tour de force...excellent photographs...excellent research...lavishly illustrated. [The Jeweller]. REVIEW: Lavish...color photos make palpable the jaw-dropping opulence of the 187-carat Mackay Emerald and other historic pieces. [Sotheby's Magazine]. REVIEW: This glamorous new book is filled with stunning illustrations and fascinating stories about the gemstone...perfect for your coffee table. [The Mayfair Magazine]. REVIEW: A selection of rich photography and beautiful illustrations this deeply informative book is divided into three parts that tell the story of this exquisite gemstone. [In Detail]. READER REVIEWS: REVIEW: This book is lavishly produced, with superb full color pictures of some of the world's most exquisite jewels. It's written by several experts, so the style of writing varies between sections. That said, the content is curated well and the knowledge and enthusiasm of the contributors is evident. This heavyweight volume is as informative as it is beautiful making it a pleasure to dip into for a quick fix of luscious jewels, or to immerse yourself in study. If gems, fine jewels and fashion history are your passions, Emerald deserves pride of place on your collection. REVIEW: An excellent book about a gemstone that is about 200 times rarer than diamond (the price and demand for diamonds is only maintained by De Beers near monopoly position and huge advertising campaigns). This volume examines the gemology, mining and wearing of emeralds. It is illustrated with some beautiful photographs of amazing gems and jewels. Whether you are a jeweler working with emeralds, a retailer selling emeralds or a wearer of emeralds, this book has something for you. REVIEW: 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. REVIEW: 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. REVIEW: Beautifully illustrated, well researched and well written....most of my favorite pieces were in the book. REVIEW: Luscious book; simply gorgeous pictures. Debated whether to buy it for ages, but I finally treated myself - was not disappointed. REVIEW: Exactly what we wanted. Lots of historic jewelry of different eras and different styles. Great photographs. We bought for friends as well. REVIEW: Beautiful and informative with a host of ravishing photographs. An important overview of how emeralds have been used in jewelry over the years. I always ship books Media Mail in a padded mailer. This book is shipped FOR FREE via USPS INSURED media mail (“book rate”). All domestic shipments and most international shipments will include free USPS Delivery Confirmation (you might be able to update the status of your shipment on-line at the USPS Web Site) and free insurance coverage. A small percentage of international shipments may require an additional fee for tracking and/or delivery confirmation. If you are concerned about a little wear and tear to the book in transit, I would suggest a boxed shipment - it is an extra $1.00. Whether via padded mailer or box, we will give discounts for multiple purchases. International orders are welcome, but shipping costs are substantially higher. Most international orders cost an additional $12.99 to $33.99 for an insuredshipment in a heavily padded mailer, and typically includes some form of rudimentary tracking and/or delivery confirmation (though for some countries, this is only available at additional cost). However this book is quite heavy, and it is too large to fit into a flat rate mailer. Therefore the shipping costs are somewhat higher than what is otherwise ordinary. There is a discount program which can cut postage costs by 50% to 75% if you’re buying about half-a-dozen books or more (5 kilos+). Rates and available services vary a bit from country to country. You can email or message me for a shipping cost quote, but I assure you they are as reasonable as USPS rates allow, and if it turns out the rate is too high for your pocketbook, we will cancel the sale at your request. ADDITIONAL PURCHASES do receive a VERY LARGE discount, typically about $5 per book (for each additional book after the first) so as to reward you for the economies of combined shipping/insurance costs. Your purchase will ordinarily be shipped within 48 hours of payment. We package as well as anyone in the business, with lots of protective padding and containers. All of our shipments are sent via insured mail so as to comply with PayPal requirements. We do NOT recommend uninsured shipments, and expressly disclaim any responsibility for the loss of an uninsured shipment. Unfortunately the contents of parcels are easily “lost” or misdelivered by postal employees – even in the USA. That’s why all of our domestic shipments (and most international) shipments include a USPS delivery confirmation tag; or are trackable or traceable, and all shipments (international and domestic) are insured. We do offer U.S. Postal Service Priority Mail, Registered Mail, and Express Mail for both international and domestic shipments, as well United Parcel Service (UPS) and Federal Express (Fed-Ex). Please ask for a rate quotation. We will accept whatever payment method you are most comfortable with. If upon receipt of the item you are disappointed for any reason whatever, I offer a no questions asked return policy. Send it back, I will give you a complete refund of the purchase price (less our original shipping costs). Most of the items I offer come from the collection of a family friend who was active in the field of Archaeology for over forty years. However many of the items also come from purchases I make in Eastern Europe, India, and from the Levant (Eastern Mediterranean/Near East) from various institutions and dealers. Though I have always had an interest in archaeology, my own academic background was in sociology and cultural anthropology. After my retirement however, I found myself drawn to archaeology as well. Aside from my own personal collection, I have made extensive and frequent additions of my own via purchases on Ebay (of course), as well as many purchases from both dealers and institutions throughout the world - but especially in the Near East and in Eastern Europe. I spend over half of my year out of the United States, and have spent much of my life either in India or Eastern Europe. In fact much of what we generate on Yahoo, Amazon and Ebay goes to support The Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, as well as some other worthy institutions in Europe connected with Anthropology and Archaeology. I acquire some small but interesting collections overseas from time-to-time, and have as well some duplicate items within my own collection which I occasionally decide to part with. Though I have a collection of ancient coins numbering in the tens of thousands, my primary interest is in ancient jewelry. My wife also is an active participant in the "business" of antique and ancient jewelry, and is from Russia. I would be happy to provide you with a certificate/guarantee of authenticity for any item you purchase from me. There is a $2 fee for mailing under separate cover. Whenever I am overseas I have made arrangements for purchases to be shipped out via domestic mail. If I am in the field, you may have to wait for a week or two for a COA to arrive via international air mail. But you can be sure your purchase will arrive properly packaged and promptly - even if I am absent. And when I am in a remote field location with merely a notebook computer, at times I am not able to access my email for a day or two, so be patient, I will always respond to every email. Please see our "ADDITIONAL TERMS OF SALE." TRANSLATE Arabic Chinese French German Greek Indonesian Italian Hindi Japanese Korean Swedish Portuguese Russian Spanish Condition: Lavishly illustrated and exquisitely designed, this book opens with a stunning series of images of style icons, Material: Paper, Hardcover: Yes, Pages: 326 pages

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