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Precious metal, precious stones & jewellery: artworks & design

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de GRISOGONO

de GRISOGONO

Author: De Grisogono Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/2020

To celebrate de GRISOGONO s 25th anniversary, this book takes a deep dive into what makes de GRISOGONO s jewels so extraordinary: irrepressible imagination, impeccable craftsmanship, and top-quality jewels including diamonds of several hundred carats. As a physical object itself, the book is a delight, with a slipcase that reveals the title via artful cut-outs. The photographs inside capture what makes these jewels so highly coveted, with images that were created exclusively for this publication. Close-up shots reveal the level of detail in every piece, and glamorous red-carpet shots reveal the natural habitat of this level of artistry.

Stardust: The Work and Life of Jeweler Extraordinaire Frederic Zaavy

Stardust: The Work and Life of Jeweler Extraordinaire Frederic Zaavy

Author: Gilles Hertzog, John Taylor, Dianne Dubler Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/08/2020

- The first monograph dedicated to jeweler extraordinaire Frederic Zaavy - Gorgeous photography of his most beautiful jewels Frederic Zaavy's brilliant career as a master jeweler shone like a meteor but flamed out far too soon. Zaavy considered himself heir to the legacy of Jean-Baptiste Tavernier, gem dealer to Louis XIV, and was chosen as the exclusive jeweler for the 21st century revival of Faberge. Zaavy's artistic genius lay in painting with precious stones and in engineering remarkable settings to hold those stones almost invisibly. His works achieved a preeminence in the thousand-year evolution of French jewelry. The influences on his life and work were myriad. Nature, quantum physics, art, music, spirituality, poetry, literature, and even science fiction all shaped his extraordinary world view and taste. He was a philosopher jeweler. Stardust encapsulates the last year of his life, from the moment he learned he would soon die, right through to the end, with his life still at full throttle. With a text by acclaimed French philosophical writer Gilles Hertzog and a stunning visual narrative by celebrated photographers John Bigelow Taylor and Dianne Dubler, Zaavy's work and life are presented in a portrait of what was and of what might have been. Text in English and Simplified Chinese.

Burmese Silver Art

Burmese Silver Art

Author: David C. Owens Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/07/2020

Burmese master silversmiths produced a magnificent body of work from the mid-19th to the early 20th centuries - the Burmese Silver Age. This aesthetic and functional work is characterized by a unique decorative style and superb technical artistry. Many of the artefacts are embellished with mysterious visual narratives drawn from ancient religious and mythological sources, communicating spiritual beliefs and values that resonate to this day. Burmese silverwork is a distinct and little-known genre of silver art. This book tackles this obscurity by illuminating and describing for the first time 100 Burmese silver artefacts in a stunning photographic gallery. This silverwork - from the Noble Silver Collection - represents some of the rarest and finest quality work from the Burmese Silver Age. The centrepiece gallery of silverwork masterpieces is bookended by two well-illustrated and informative chapters that provide readers with deeper insights into Burmese silverwork: a robust frame of reference chapter summarises the 2,000-year history and cultural tradition of Burmese silverwork; and a chapter following the gallery deciphers the complex and allegorical iconography of the decoration, which gives the reader a deeper appreciation of its religious and cultural meaning and origin. This book captures the great, almost mystical, allure of Burmese silverwork - from the sublime artistry of the decoration, to the extraordinary skill of the silversmith and the profound meaning and importance of the visual narratives. In doing so, Burmese Silver Art takes its place as a definitive reference work for any art historian, collector, expert, student, or general reader interested in this hitherto-overlooked body of noble art.

Shaun Leane

Shaun Leane

Author: Shaun Leane, Jo Hardy, Vivienne Becker, Claire Wilcox Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/07/2020

Celebrated world-wide for his modern romantic jewels that push the boundaries of contemporary design, Shaun Leane has been responsible for creating a new genre of jewellery; precious, poetic, with a sense of eternity, yet relevant to today's world. Illustrated with a breath-taking combination of high fashion shots and detailed close-ups of the pieces themselves. Captured by photographers Nick Knight, Robert Fairer and Chris Moore, along with a dedicated photo essay of unseen backstage images recorded by Leane's close friend Ann Ray. Shaun Leane is introduced by the jeweller himself, then divided into three distinct parts: His heritage and training, by Joanna Hardy; reflections on Leane's famous collaboration with Alexander McQueen, by Claire Wilcox; and his modern classic commercial jewellery style, by Vivienne Becker. Altogether, this book provides a vital overview of an artist that will be of interest to anyone who follows the contemporary jewellery and fashion scene.

Fine Indian Jewelry of the Southwest

Fine Indian Jewelry of the Southwest

Author: Shelby Tisdale Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/06/2020

ThinkingJewellery 2

ThinkingJewellery 2

Author: Wilhelm Lindemann Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/06/2020

Alongside artistically experimental aspects of education, the ThinkingJewellery 'trademark' stands as a contextual leitmotif throughout the gemstones and jewellery study programme at Trier University/Idar-Oberstein campus. The aims of ThinkingJewellery comprise scientifically oriented research as well as discourse on the historical and societal interconnection of jewellery. Highlights are the ThinkingJewellery symposia, which are now accompanied by a series of periodicals. The new series discusses contributions to a contemporary theory of jewellery beyond disciplinary boundaries or typical categories. The texts envisioned for ThinkingJewellery 2 include 'On the Cultural History of the Gemstone', 'Goethe on Colour' and 'Cold Shine - Empty Glamour, on Jeff Koons's Celebration Series', which are based on lectures from the 2017 symposium.

Eastern Treasures

Eastern Treasures

Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/05/2020

Shaun Leane

Shaun Leane

Author: Shaun Leane, Jo Hardy, Vivienne Becker, Claire Wilcox Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/05/2020

Celebrated world-wide for his modern romantic jewels that push the boundaries of contemporary design, Shaun Leane has been responsible for creating a new genre of jewellery; precious, poetic, with a sense of eternity, yet relevant to today's world. Illustrated with a breath-taking combination of high fashion shots and detailed close-ups of the pieces themselves. Captured by photographers Nick Knight, Robert Fairer and Chris Moore, along with a dedicated photo essay of unseen backstage images recorded by Leane's close friend Ann Ray. Shaun Leane is introduced by the jeweller himself, then divided into three distinct parts: His heritage and training, by Joanna Hardy; reflections on Leane's famous collaboration with Alexander McQueen, by Claire Wilcox; and his modern classic commercial jewellery style, by Vivienne Becker. Altogether, this book provides a vital overview of an artist that will be of interest to anyone who follows the contemporary jewellery and fashion scene. This special edition is limited to just 250 copies. Enclosed in a slipcase, the book is accompanied by a print by photographer Rob Busling, signed by Shaun Leane.

New Bracelets: 400+ Contemporary Jewellery Designs

New Bracelets: 400+ Contemporary Jewellery Designs

Author: Nicolas Estrada Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2020

Bracelets are the focus of this latest instalment of Nicolas Estrada's series on contemporary jewellery. This book confirms that auteur jewellery is currently flourishing. This collection of bracelets that come from all over the world and showcase totally different styles will surprise readers with its freshness, diversity (with plenty of materials and approaches, such as classic gold, silver and precious stones, as well as paper, wood, plastic and resins) and colourfulness. This is a comprehensive selection of what is happening in the world of auteur jewellery right now and is part of our ongoing series which constitutes an overview on contemporary jewellery.

Vogue The Jewellery

Vogue The Jewellery

Author: Carol Woolton Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/03/2020

'Jewellery in all its guises has been a signifier of glamour in the pages of Vogue since the magazine's inception in 1916...the jewellery always commands the image - infinitely powerful and desirable, inventive and extraordinary.' - Alexandra Shulman 'This book sparkles with glamour and flamboyance.' - Daily Mail 'From simple strings of gleaming pearls to showstopping tiaras, this book is perfect for anyone with a true love of jewels.' - Conde Nast Traveller Illustrated with fabulous images from Vogue's archive, Vogue: The Jewellery is the ultimate book for fashion and jewellery lovers. From couture to costume jewellery, the brilliant pieces featured on the pages of British Vogue for more than a century have encapsulated the fashion zeitgeist of each new age for which they were created. Adorning princesses and rock chicks alike, the jewels shown in Vogue: The Jewellery reveal a dazzling array of styles and moods - from fairytale romance to Jazz-age glamour, sculptural modernism to timeless elegance. On every page sumptuous jewellery is the star of the show, nourishing dreams in us all. Carol Woolton has curated a collection of more than 300 fabulous images within five thematic chapters: Show-stoppers, Rock Chick, Minimalist, Exotic and Classic. From diamond-encrusted tiaras and intricate jet chokers to sculptural silver cuffs and simple strings of pearls, the book provides an evocative celebration of a century of jewellery, while showcasing British Vogue's best photographers including Norman Parkinson, David Bailey, Arthur Elgort, Corinne Day, Cecil Beaton and Tim Walker. Now available in a new format with a luxurious real cloth cover, at a more pocket-friendly price of GBP30, this is essential reading for fashionistas everywhere.

Sam Kramer

Sam Kramer

Author: Toni Greenbaum Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/01/2020

Despite being one of the most influential - and indeed most eccentric - of the American modernist jewellers, Sam Kramer (1913-1964) has received little recognition. His expressive, organic work and surreal workshop, located on West 8th Street in New York's Greenwich Village, paved the way for other mid-twentieth century metalsmiths, and for many more working today. Sam Kramer: Jeweler on the Edge investigates Kramer as both a seminal artist and a cult personality. Through lavish colour photographs of rarely seen works as well as newly discovered archival material, the story of this unique individual is told against a backdrop of post-Second World War America, from the late 1940s to the early 1960s. Mirroring both the existential angst and quirky humour of the Beat Generation, Sam Kramer embodied the iconoclastic spirit of his era.