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Famous Jewelry Collectors Paperback – 31 Jan 2005


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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson; Reprint edition (31 Jan 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500285128
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500285121
  • Product Dimensions: 30.1 x 22.8 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,239,891 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"'Well written and thoroughly researched' - The Sunday Times 'An engrossing roll-call of rich and famous women, each with a past almost as colourful as their fabulous gems' - BBC Homes & Antiques"

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amelrode VINE VOICE on 22 Jan 2008
Format: Hardcover
"Famous Jewelry Collectors" is an odd combination of collectors: society ladies, actresses and royalty. For some it might be interesting to see the differences of the various collection I found it more annoying. It would have been better to separate these collectors. The stories are ok but do not deliver a huge inside, the photos are fine but as well not outstanding. All in all, not a really bad book but a book I could have done easily without.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By C. Hill on 18 Sep 2006
Format: Paperback
Interesting short stories about the collectors themselves more so than the actual jewellery (as the title would suggest) and lacking in detail as to how exactly these ladies may have come about acquiring such jewels, a delight to read yet once again a few too many black and white photos which unfortunately only infuriate the obsessed, not a huge amount of detail when describing the size, cut, colour etc of the pieces and their actual design. I would have liked some modern contemporary collectors to have been featured (published 2005)(Liz taylor, Madonna, etc, etc,) recommended as a coffee table book
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. Maxwell on 17 Sep 2010
Format: Paperback
Some people are simply famous for their jewels. In modern times the mind that most readily springs to mind is probably the Duchess of Windsor, Wallace Simpson. However, she wasn't alone in her passion for jewels. This book covers the collections of the following people, divided into sections on screen actresses, aristocracy and society:

Merle Oberon
Mary Pickford
Paulette Goddard
Ava Gardner
Joan Crawford
Renata Tebaldi
Cornelia, Countess of Craven
Gladys, Duchess of Marbourough
King Umberto II of Italy
The Princess Royal, Countess of Harewood
The Princess von Thurn und Taxis
The Duchess of Windsor
Countess Mona Bismark
Lydia, Lady Deterding
Daisy Fellowes
Ganna Walska
Barbara Hutton
Helena Rubinstein

Much of the information in this book has been gleaned from old auction catalogues when the collections were broken up after their owner's death. This has been backed up with picture research where possible. While in their own lifetimes these people's collections were legendary, with possibly the exception of the Duchess of Windsor it has obviously been a difficult job to try and reconstruct the collections after they have been dispersed.

Each person gets 2-6 pages each depending on what can be found about their collection. For lovers of bling this book might be an eyeopener of what money CAN buy. However, having said that it is also slightly disappointing because you get the feeling you are only scraping the surface of these collections and it's a great pity that they were never properly photographed and recorded before they were broken up. Thank God Elizabeth Taylor is publishing images of her collection Elizabeth Taylor: My Love Affair with Jewelry as she is one of the best known living collectors of serious pieces such as you see illustrated in this book and it would be pity for her collection to end in oblivion like so many of these did.
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Format: Paperback
I wouldn't call this the most beautiful of books on jewellery I've ever seen, nevertheless its interesting and informative for anyone curious to see the jewellery collections of past hollywood stars and high society ladies. The photos are mostly re-produced from old auction catalogues but I suppose this gives a nice detailed look at them rather than just of the stars wearing them, though some pics like this are included also. I'd love to see a modern book with the same idea but better produced and with contemporary stars included, but I suppose with the modern 'celebritys' who borrow most of their jewels rather than collect their own it might not be possible! Still an enjoyable look at a more glamourous, elegant age.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By G. Webster on 4 April 2001
Format: Hardcover
I am thrilled to have added this beautiful book to my collection. Informative, well illustrated and providing enthralling stories of those who love collecting fine jewels, this is a must have tome. Easy reading, entertaining an excellent source book. Don't miss it!
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