DIAMONDS A Century of Spectacular Jewels

Proddow, Penny and Fasel, Marion

Published by Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1996
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Synopsis: Diamonds have been used to adorn the human body since ancient times, but diamond jewelry of remarkable invention, style, and variety really came into its own only in the twentieth century.
This book surveys the rich history of this century's fascination with diamond jewelry with unmatched thoroughness. Authors Penny Proddow and Marion Fasel (coauthors of Hollywood Jewels) describe the parade of interesting jewels with wit and style - from the French empress Eugenie's glittering tiara to the pop singer Madonna's diamond navel ring.
Decade by decade the authors trace the changes in public taste - often led by society figures or entertainers such as Marjorie Merriweather Post, Lyn Revson, Merle Oberon, and, of course, Elizabeth Taylor. They reveal the innovations of a succession of creative designers, detailing the evolution of styles including Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Machine Age, Pop, and Fantasy. They show the introduction of ever-new cuts of diamonds - from the traditional round and rose-cut stones to baguettes, pear shaped, rectangular, and even half-moon stones - and follow the contemporary trend from pure white diamonds to canary and, more recently, pink ones.
The authors have handled many of these dazzling modern jewels, delved into the archives and studied the drawings of the leading artisans and jewelry merchants - Cartier, Van Cleef and Arpels, Harry Winston, Bulgari - and interviewed many living designers, including Paul Flato, Julius Cohen, Rachelle Epstein and Daniel Brush.

From Library Journal: Through most of their long and sparkling history, diamonds have been reserved for royalty; that is, until 1887, when the leaders of the Third Republic of France decided to sell the French crown jewels. Following that event, anyone could own them. This work successfully blends a highly informative and authoritative text with magnificently photographed splendors that exhibit the opulence associated with the jewels. Each chapter focuses on some aspect of the historical importance of the diamond over the past century and its relationship to and impact on fashion. Career information on an array of notable jewelers?from Boucheron, Bulgari, and Cartier to Schlumberger and Winston?is featured. Also highlighted are the styles of Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Machine Age, Modern, and Pop, along with the evolution of settings from traditional silver to platinum and gold. This cavalcade of jewelry history is punctuated with references to fashion, glamor, socialites, entertainers, and royalty. This volume could serve as a companion to The Master Jewelers (LJ 10/15/90) and would be a welcome addition to any collection.?Stephen Allan Patrick, East Tennessee State Univ. Lib., Johnson City
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Title: DIAMONDS A Century of Spectacular Jewels
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams, Inc.
Publication Date: 1996
Binding: Cloth
Book Condition: Fine
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