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The Jewels of the Romanovs: Family and Court [Hardcover]

Stefano Papi
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18 Oct 2010
This book surveys one of the worlds most important collections of jewelry, that of the Imperial Romanov family, rulers of Russia for more than three centuries. Through his work at Sothebys and Christies and his own extensive research, the author Stefano Papi has spent years unravelling the mysteries of the Russian imperial jewels. He uncovers the fascinating stories behind the jewels and the people, and takes us through the golden years, and after the Revolution.

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Thames and Hudson Ltd (18 Oct 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500515328
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500515327
  • Product Dimensions: 32.6 x 24.9 x 2.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 301,649 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A useful Collation of important images and charming anecdotes' --Jewellery History Today

'Incredibly detailed and lavish ... stirring stuff'

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Both stunning and dissapointing 12 Nov 2010
This is a lovely book to look at and the author has unearthed some very rare photos you only normally see in low quality on the internet along with pieces sold long ago at obscure auctions for our viewing pleasure. Having said that I found this book somewhat disappointing. Given the topic there's some unavoidable cross over with the contents of Jewels of the Tsars: The Romanovs and Imperial Russia, which is another visual treat. The author has also matched up photos of people wearing their jewels to sold pieces that is very interesting and lacking in "Jewels of the Tsars" on a scale such as this.

What it is missing though is a full list of the jewels sold in 1927 and those taken into exile with the imperial family. To get the 1927 list you have to get A History Of The Crown Jewels Of Europe. which is both rare and expensive or for the jewels in exile The Fate of the Romanovs where the list is available as an appendix. The lack of this hard, useful information for those researching Russian imperial jewels will make this book of mostly visual use in the future rather than the last word on the subject. One other glaring omission in both of these books is a lack of photos of the jeweled badges the ladies in waiting wore for each empress. These are distinctly Russian pieces of jewellery, and while odd examples are shown neither book goes into them in any detail which is a great pity.

The text is 90% recounting of the biographies of various members of the imperial family and friends lives. I suspect a full family tree would be useful for those not familiar with the Romanovs. The majority of the information about the jewels themselves is to be found in the captions for the pictures and for me that made this a somewhat odd book, but one which nevertheless will have it's place on my bookshelf.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and informative 10 Feb 2012
By Daisy
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Thisd book is beautifully illustrated, both with black and white photograhs of the relevant period, and with superb colour illustrations of the jewels from the present day. The history of each piece is detailed, together with the history of the family. I purchased it with my Christmas gift money, and I am delighted!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! 9 Dec 2012
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Really nice book; great pictures and great background information. Been wanting to have this book for ages! Would really recommend this book to anyone who shares an interest in the Romanovs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful 25 Mar 2013
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beautiful book, holding lots of info on the jewels as they originally started and their change throughout their lifetime and different owners, its not a book to read from start to finish; in one go; but one to revisit time after time for snatches of a very romantic period of history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Historical Treasure 13 Jan 2013
By snoozy
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You won't be disappointed this is a lovely quality book.It is a book i look at often,especialy as it shows the movement of jewellery throughout family and continent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book 22 Sep 2011
By Zara
Visually stunning book, well worth the price. So often you find illustrated jewellery books are a bit thin on detail and rely too heavily on pictures but this one was also fascinating to read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Romanov Jewels of Family and the Court 28 Sep 2013
By Mrs. Susanne Willshaw VINE VOICE
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This one heavy book and needs to be picked up and put down many times carefully and with two hands, to take in all the details of the jewels and the stories behind them, a mamouth task. However a task which is very interesting and I am sure I will be reading still in a years time there is so much detail to take in, the photographs are superb and the reproduction quality of the highest standard. An heirloom for any family to look at, read and enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars jewel book 3 April 2014
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I am afraid I just love jewellery and anything to do with gems and their history etc, so this book with the beautiful photographs and descriptions is right up my street.
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