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The Royal Jewels [Hardcover]

Suzy Menkes
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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21 Nov 1985
This exquisite, sumptuously illustrated full-color book offers a captivating, detailed history of the jewels of the British royal family. 90 color, 160 black-and-white photos.
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  • Hardcover: 212 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd; 1st ed. edition (21 Nov 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0246125276
  • ISBN-13: 978-0246125279
  • Product Dimensions: 27.4 x 22.4 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 368,417 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Mr. Philip Harkins VINE VOICE
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Interesting book showing some of the private as well as the State Jewels of the houses of Hanover and Windsor; It charts the collection of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and her family from the early Victorian age to the mid 1980's.
Gorgeously illustrated, this is a fascinating look at a different world, and an absolute must buy for any Royal or Jewellry fan.
I seem to remember that there was an updated version of this book issued, though copies of that book are relatively rare.
A good read and a cheap buy, reccomended!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jewels and more Jewels 23 Jun 2011
Format:Hardcover
Wonderful product that kept the wife occupied for hours.
Just hope it doesn't give her any grandiose ideas.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 3 July 2014
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Just as I wanted, all the info and pics.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars out of date 21 Feb 2011
By Ilana
Format:Hardcover
I was trying to decide whether to buy this volume or The Queen's Jewels: The Personal Collection of Elizabeth II by Leslie Field. I have now decided to buy the Queens Jewels. I looked at both books in the library and found that his book is hopelessly out of date. Poor picture quality, and all the facts are just not relevant any more. Also in this volume, there is so much unnecessary information, which just doesnt belong to the jewellery itself. Leslie Field has written a much better book which I dont think will date as fast as this one has.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 1 May 2004
By yarnz - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
It's hard to imagine what one did to learn about the jewelry collection, state and personal, of British royalty before this book. Reading Suzy Menkes' preface give you an idea: you research it and write a book. And that is what she did. This book is scholarly, it's interesting, it's personal. It answers so many questions: what jewelry is owned by the royal family, and what belongs to the UK? Why does the queen wear some jewels and not others? What are those little portrait brooches on ribbon? What happens to all the jewels give the royal family? How did they acquire the jewels that they now wear? The royal jewel collection is richer and more vast than you'd ever guess from just tracking the jewels you've seen the queen and her family wear in the last few decades, and much of it was acuired from Queen Victoria's reign and onward. Up until Victoria and the spoils of British Empire, kings or queens would have to hire jewels to put in their crown frames when they needed to attend some regal function --their own coronation, for example. Suzy Menkes has done a fantastic job of finding out the history and use of the most magnificent jewel collection in the world. The paintings and photographs show many of the jewels on the original recipient or acquirer (Queen Mary's avid, avaristic jewel-buying is reponsible for the much of the jewel wealth the family now possesses) and how they've been reset by subsequent owners. In spite of being scholarly, The Royal Jewels is not at all dry. Menkes has gleaned a lot about the personalities of the wearers. And the politics!! Who gets what, and when they get it, the curiously paltry amount jewels Princess Diana (still living at the time of the latest edition of this book) and the Duchess of York received from their in-laws. An amazing book, essential to anyone interested in jewels, the British Royal Family, even history.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I DEMAND AN UPDATE !!!!!! 11 July 2009
By GW - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a nice addition to the "Royal Family" section of my library, don't get me wrong. But I can't believe that THIS is the most current book I could find on QE2's vast collection of jewels. Most of the snaps are B&W for goodness sakes! I WANT COLOR AND I WANT MORE, MORE, MORE!!!!!! I want to see every tiara, necklace, ring, bauble, hat pin, watch, & hair bow. Up close & personal. AND I WANT 'EM IN C O L O R. Is THAT too much to ask of our cousin The Queen???

Come on Betty! Open up the vault and let a team of photographers with COLOR film inside Buck House.

Ok.......I'll calm down.

While the history part of the book is interesting it's nothing new to us "Anglo-kooks". Perhaps when King Wills & Queen Kate take over we'll get a more "colorful" look at these gems.

By the by.....props to seller bacobooks. My USED--LIKE NEW copy arrived with a large picture missing... cut out of one of the pages. Easy to overlook by a checker considering the # of books they deal with.
They refunded HALF the price of the book!

You just can't beat AMAZON.
5.0 out of 5 stars This is an excellant read 24 April 2014
By Michelle D - Published on Amazon.com
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If you are interested in the history of the jewels of the British royals then this is for you. To see the continuity of jewels that have been passed down since Quen Victoria's time in pictures is fantastic. A must for any collector.
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the book 6 Jan 2014
By Richbehr - Published on Amazon.com
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I love the book, very well written with the author being very knowledgeable on the subject matter. I just with there were more color photographs though.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Royal Jewels 6 Aug 2013
By Gloria G. Kendall - Published on Amazon.com
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Wanted this book for years. Finally. Suzy Menkes has combined interest with precise scholarship. Wish there were more like it.
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