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20th Century Jewelry & The Icons of Style [Hardcover]

Stefano Papi , Alexandra Rhodes
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28 Oct 2013
For many centuries the collecting of precious jewels was the preserve of kings and queens, emperors and maharajahs. But in the aftermath of the First World War, with the fall of several European monarchies, royal gems passed into the hands of a different kind of elite that included celebrities from the silver screen and a coterie which revelled in a new-rich social whirl. Eleven of these rich and glamorous women, who built up astonishing jewelry collections in the early and mid-20th century, are profiled in this book. The authors, both international jewelry experts, reveal the stories behind the jewels and their collectors. Not only do they bring to life the worlds in which these women moved, but they also describe the gems in detail and provide a portrait of the work of the leading jewelers of the day. The book is illustrated with close-up shots of the jewels as well as wonderful drawings of the original designs, and includes portraits of the women by Beaton, Horst and other leading photographers of the time.

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Thames and Hudson Ltd (28 Oct 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500516871
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500516874
  • Product Dimensions: 32.8 x 24.8 x 2.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 262,480 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Marvel at glorious close-ups. --Elle Decoration

Leaves readers dreaming of a bygone era. --Harrods Magazine

The combination of images of beautiful/stylish women of a bygone, glamorous era and sumptuous, close-up shots of the most gorgeous, covetable jewelry, makes for a heady mix. --The Jeweller

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A ONE-OF-A-KIND VOLUME 2 Dec 2013
By Gail Cooke TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
For a time collections of precious jewels was only the province of kings, queens, emperors and maharajas. However, the years following World War I brought about many changes and one of them was the ownership of jewels once belonging only to royalty. Or, perhaps the new owners may be thought of as royalty of a different kind - celebrities, socialites, and the newly wealthy.

20th Century Jewelry and the Icons of Style focuses on 11 woman who amassed the most incredible, eye-popping personal collections of precious gems imaginable. Obviously, their financial resources were great, and also clearly they loved their jewelry because they often redesigned their pieces so they would always look fresh. It goes without saying that they patronized only the best jewelers and also expected the jewelers to offer them only the finest gems.

This gorgeous volume not only treats us to 398 photographs of these collections but also gives us a bird's eye view of the way these women lived, their lifestyles, habits and preferences. For instance, when Daisy Fellowes acquired a 17.27 rose-pink diamond the fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli (whose clothes the stunning Daisy wore) created the color Shocking Pink to complement the color of the stone. This amazing diamond believed to have been owned by Catherine the Great was stolen in 1939 and has not yet been found. You see, 20th Century Jewelry and the Icons of Style is not only visually beautiful but also fascinating reading.

Among the 11 women featured along with Daisy Fellowes are Marjorie Merriweather Post, Lydia, Lady Deterding, the Duchess of Windsor, Countess Mona Bismarck, Barbara Hutton, Merle Oberon, the Maharani Sita Devi of Baroda, Maria Callas, H.H. The Begum Aga Khan III, and Nina Dyer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The book is a jewel itself 23 April 2014
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This was a beautifully illustrated and well researched book. It included a lot of well known names, Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor and Maria Callas. But it also included women I had heard of, the Hollywood stars, but also women I had no knowledge of. The book included enough biographical information on all of the featured women.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 20th Century Jewelry & The Icons of Style 1 Jan 2014
By Florin
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A wonderful and magic book for jewellery lovers!I recommend it to everyone interested in fashion in jewelry, it's a beautiful journey and story!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 2 July 2014
By snoozy
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Very good book, very interesting stories about the owners of the jewels. Good coffee table book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A ONE-OF-A-KIND VOLUME 1 Dec 2013
By Gail Cooke - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
For a time collections of precious jewels was only the province of kings, queens, emperors and maharajas. However, the years following World War I brought about many changes and one of them was the ownership of jewels once belonging only to royalty. Or, perhaps the new owners may be thought of as royalty of a different kind - celebrities, socialites, and the newly wealthy.

20th Century Jewelry and the Icons of Style focuses on 11 woman who amassed the most incredible, eye-popping personal collections of precious gems imaginable. Obviously, their financial resources were great, and also clearly they loved their jewelry because they often redesigned their pieces so they would always look fresh. It goes without saying that they patronized only the best jewelers and also expected the jewelers to offer them only the finest gems.

This gorgeous volume not only treats us to 398 photographs of these collections but also gives us a bird’s eye view of the way these women lived, their lifestyles, habits and preferences. For instance, when Daisy Fellowes acquired a 17.27 rose-pink diamond the fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli (whose clothes the stunning Daisy wore) created the color Shocking Pink to complement the color of the stone. This amazing diamond believed to have been owned by Catherine the Great was stolen in 1939 and has not yet been found. You see, 20th Century Jewelry and the Icons of Style is not only visually beautiful but also fascinating reading.

Among the 11 women featured along with Daisy Fellowes are Marjorie Merriweather Post, Lydia, Lady Deterding, the Duchess of Windsor, Countess Mona Bismarck, Barbara Hutton, Merle Oberon, the Maharani Sita Devi of Baroda, Maria Callas, H.H. The Begum Aga Khan III, and Nina Dyer. Just imagine a party with all of these ladies present wearing their most amazing pieces of jewelry!

Stefano Papi has worked as Senior European Specialist in the jewelry departments of both Sotheby’s and Christie’s. Co-author Alexandra Rhodes is a Senior Director of Sotheby’s and a Senior International Specialist of the jewelry department based in London. Together they have given us a one-of-a-kind volume sure to be returned to again and again.

- Gail Cooke
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4.0 out of 5 stars Breathtakingly beautiful 6 Nov 2013
By cathairetic - Published on Amazon.com
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The photographs in this book are stunning. The book highlights famous women of the twentieth century and features the jewelry they wore. I found it interesting that these ladies would have the pieces broken apart and reset when fashions changed. They also would have stones recut if necessary. I have some gorgeous jewelry but I love the pieces and would not want to change them. I look at the photographs in the book and think that sometimes too much jewelry on one person is really too much. The one person who did not wear too much at one time was the late Duchess of Windsor. Sometimes less is more. Life is much simpler and more comfortable if one is not encumbered by too much money... or heavy jewels.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Jewelry Porn 16 April 2014
By Ashley Parkin - Published on Amazon.com
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I love making jewelry and this book has amazing photography of high-end pieces from Cartier, Harry Winston, Van Cleef & Arpel, and many other fine jewelry retail that I would probably never be able to shop in. :) Makes the crap worn at the Oscars look like stuff from Claire's, believe me. :)
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars shows great ladies and magnificent collections 14 Jun 2014
By Mike Gentle - Published on Amazon.com
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i have a large jewelry book collection and this is a great addition. great addition to my great jewelry collectors
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 10 July 2014
By Gerbear - Published on Amazon.com
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