Title: Royal Jewels: From Charlemagne to the ...
Publisher: Vendome Press 2008-09-01
Publication Date: 2008
Book Condition: Fair
Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included
0865651930 Former library copy. Hardcover book with wear to the dust jacket and the exterior. There are library markings through out the book. The binding is fully intact. The pages are clean with no markings. Fast shipping!. Bookseller Inventory # JF634158
A spectacular celebration of European jewels, from Charlemagne to Louis XIV to Catherine the Great.
For centuries, the wealth, power, and prestige of European monarchies was concentrated in the jewels that hung from their necks, decorated their clothing, and dripped from their fingers—often into the waiting hands of favorite courtiers. From the weighty, gem-encrusted gold crowns of medieval kings to glittering diamond tiaras of Belle Epoque princesses, Royal Jewels shows the exquisite range of gems worn by Europe?s fabled monarchs.
These are the dazzling remains of a lost era—when gems were powerful tools in the game of royal politics, and when the gift of jewelry bestowed far more than wealth on the recipient. Gems expressed court favor, strengthened international ties, and embodied the power of kings long dead and conquerors in the making. With over 300 exquisite photographs and edited by a distinguished group of experts, Royal Jewels is an incomparable examination of an incredible art.
About the Author:
Diana Scarisbrick is a well-known jewelry historian, author, and curator. Christophe Vachaudez, an author and curator, specializes in royal European jewel collections. Jan Walgrave, Honorary Director of the Museum of the Diamant in Antwerp, is a jewelry curator and author.
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