CHRISTIES THE JEWELLERY ARCHIVES REVEALED

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Author : Vincent Meylan
ISBN : 1851498478
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*Full access to Christie's archives has been granted for this book, resulting in the inclusion of never-before seen images*Stories of the world's great jewelry collections*Expertly curating Christie's extensive archives, Vincent Meylan has drawn out the key details of each momentous saleFor centuries, the stories of the world's great jewelry collections have lain hidden within the archives of Christie's, the celebrated auctioneers. From the tragic European queens, Mary, Queen of Scots and Marie Antoinette - both beheaded - to Hollywood royalty such as Elizabeth Taylor, the vaults sparkle with the most celebrated (and occasionally notorious) names of the last 250 years. Following on from the success of his books on Boucheron: The Secret Archives, Van Cleef & Arpels: Treasures and Legends and Mellerio: Jewellers to the Queens of Europe, author Vincent Meylan explores these remarkable jewelry archives, revealing the mysteries within for the first time.Each sale had its intrigue, each its story to tell. The first auction of jewelry from the British royal family took place at Christie's in 1773, after the death of the Princess of Wales, mother of George III. As the archives reveal, in the subsequent centuries, Christie's has been party to the sale of jewelry by several further generations of British royals, from Lady Patricia Ramsay and the Countess of Southesk through to Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon. And, in the wake of revolution and regicide further afield, the crown jewels of France, Russia, Bavaria, Serbia, Egypt, India and Spain were all sold at Christie's. Aside from Elizabeth Taylor, the legendary movie star collections of Merle Oberon and Gloria Swanson are also revealed here, as well as the most famous pearls and diamonds in the world; each explored within the context of their owners' remarkable lives. Expertly curating the extensive archives, Vincent Meylan has drawn out the key details of each momentous sale. More than a hundred original documents from the vaults are reproduced in the book, alongside hundreds of color illustrations of the jewels and their owners. Contents: Introduction by Fran�ois Curiel, Chairman of Christie's Asia-Pacific; 1. Guillotine Diamonds; 2. Murdered Queens; 3. Pomp and Circumstances; 4. Empresses in Exile; 5. The French Court; 6. From Christie's with Love; 7. Soft as a Pearl; 8. Bloody Revolutions; 9. Ladies of the Stage; 10. Gems from the East; 11. Diamonds are Christie's Best Friends; 12. Appendix: Prestigious Provenances.
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The Secret Archives Of Boucheron

Author : Vincent Meylan
ISBN : 185149667X
Genre : Crafts & Hobbies
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"[Meylan] writes with a light though erudite touch about the House of Boucheron and its clients, with little of the sycophantic style that blights many of the volumes on the great jewellery houses. It is a highly readable book" Gems and Jewellery (The Ge
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Bulgari

Author : Vincent Meylan
ISBN : 1851498796
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-Compiled with full access to Bulgari's archives A jewel is more than an arrangement of precious stones - it is a story. This is the principle on which Vincent Meylan, author of Christie's: The Jewellery Archives Revealed, Boucheron: The Secret Archives, Van Cleef & Arpels: Treasures and Legends, and Mellerio: Jewellers to the Queens of Europe, has written his latest book. Now, with unparalleled access to the Bulgari archives, Meylan guides us on an intimate journey through the lives of the clients, both famous and infamous, who have given this pre-eminent Mediterranean jeweler their patronage. Paris may be the traditional home of the jeweller elite, but Bulgari embraces its Roman origins. From their early creations, inspired by Byzantine and Islamic architecture, to designs like the Trombino ring and Serpenti bracelets, which are still relevant today, Bulgari gracefully navigates the line between contemporary and timeless. Their client roster reflects their prestige. Nobility and celebrity intermingle; the Countess di Frasso shopped at Bulgari with her Hollywood superstar-beau, Gary Cooper, as did the Infanta Beatriz of Spain and Princess Maria José of Belgium. Richard Burton wooed Elizabeth Taylor with glittering Bulgari jewels, while the decadent marriage of Tyrone Power and Linda Christian featured Bulgari wedding rings. But these jewels tell tales of many genres, not just romance: from exiled Iranian Shahs to Count Cini of Monselice, held for ransom by the SS and released in exchange for Bulgari jewels. Each story is retold with Vincent Meylan's characteristic verve, embellished with original pictures from the archives. Chapters are dedicated to wealthy customers, but also to the stones themselves, tracing the evolution of this iconic Roman company through history, and the development of their jewelry from mine, to workshop, to model.
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Famous Jewelry Collectors

Author : Stefano Papi
ISBN : 0500285128
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A tour of the famous gem and jewelry collections of some of history's wealthiest or most famous people shares the stories behind the pieces owned by such figures as the Duchess of Windsor, Barbara Hutton, and Ava Gardner. Reprint.
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Christie S Twentieth Century Jewelry

Author : Sally Everitt
ISBN : UOM:39015051923731
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Discusses the specific ways in which jewelry fashions reflected the socio-political changes of the last century, citing such periods as the affluent 1920s, the war years, and the technological advances that enabled new design innovations.
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Van Cleef Arpels

Author : Vincent Meylan
ISBN : 1851497706
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Vincent Meylan highlights the stories behind the jewels that passed through the Paris-based company over a period of 100 years."
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Tiaras

Author : Geoffrey Munn
ISBN : 185177534X
Genre : Antiques & Collectibles
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JEWELLERY & JEWELLERY-MAKING. Tiaras, now available for the first time in paperback, is a sparking celebration of these beautiful jewels. Featuring diadems, wreaths and head-dresses ranging from delicate antique pieces to contemporary designs, this jewel of a book is a delight for anyone interested in fashion and precious gems. Geoffrey Munn traces the history of the tiara, illustrated with striking examples by famous designers such as Faberge, Cartier, Versace and Westwood. Originally worn by royal and aristocratic ladies as symbols of status and by brides as symbols of love, tiaras are now enjoying a revival as a fashion statement.
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Queens Jewels

Author : Vincent Meylan
ISBN : 284323364X
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"The history of royal jewels told through the destiny of the queens who wore them." Serving as a resplendent symbol of regal power and grandeur, royal jewels have been treasured assets of monarchies for centuries. Whether hidden or flaunted, sold or stolen, the stories behind crown jewels mirror the history of the rise and fall of the world's most legendary families. In this stunning, lavishly illustrated volume, royalty expert Vincent Meylan draws readers into the fascinating tales of passion, mystery, adventure and intrigue that surround royal jewel caches, and shows what these dazzling treasures have meant to both the royals who wear them and the public that admires them. Beginning with the state of royal jewels today, Queens' Jewels looks back in time to chronicle the history--sometimes glamorous, sometimes gruesome--of the glittering regalia of monarchs in Russia, Iran and all across Western Europe. From the Bonapartes to the Romanovs to the Windsors, Queens' Jewels "recreates a mythical universe of which these jewels are the most powerful symbol, the silent witness of times of glory and times of tragedy."
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Hidden Gems

Author : Sarah Hue-Williams
ISBN : 1910065994
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Sarah Hue-Williams and Raymond Sancroft-Baker have spent decades working in the jewelry industry, from assessing historical gems to selling some of the most important, rare, and unusual pieces of jewelry ever to come on the market. ?In this book, they turn that experience into forty lavishly illustrated true stories from the world of gems and jewelry. Drawing from a wide range of periods, cultures, and countries, the authors take us behind the scenes, showing us the fascinating origins and secret histories of some unforgettable creations--and the lives of the people who desired and won them, loved and lost them. Even in a world of luxury, there's nothing quite so dramatic as a beautiful piece of finely crafted jewelry; the stories in this book remind us why.
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Elizabeth Taylor

Author : Elizabeth Taylor
ISBN : 0743254384
Genre : Antiques & Collectibles
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Profiles the film star's collection of jewelry, providing descriptions of her most noteworthy pieces and describing their representation of particular relationships and events in her life.
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