Gem

The Definitive Visual Guide

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Author: DK

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1465462120

Category: Antiques & Collectibles

Page: 440

View: 9237

Gem is a dazzling visual guide to precious stones, organic gems, and precious metals that weaves together beautiful, specially commissioned images and science, natural history, mythology, and true stories of adventure and discovery. From diamonds to sapphires to limestone, this comprehensive guide profiles all the key gemstones and other precious materials, and stunning images show the jewels in their different cuts, colors, and uses. The stories, myths, and legends that surround the most celebrated gems and jewel-laden artifacts from around the world are revealed, from their journeys in the company of royalty, film stars, and thieves to the curse of the Hope Diamond. Additionally, a reference section at the end of the book highlights a variety of other rocks and non-precious stones. Created in association with the Smithsonian Institution, Gem combines stunning photographs with expert knowledge, making it perfect for gift giving.

Jewel

A Celebration of Earth's Treasures

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Author: Dorling Kindersley

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780241226032

Category: Gems

Page: 360

View: 7731

Celebrate the most dazzling jewels on Earth with Jewel, the most glamorous guide to jewellery, gems, and minerals. With a foreword by Judith Miller, Jewel is a lavish look at precious stones, organic gems, and precious metals. Discover gemstones from agate to zoisite, take an up-close look at the world's most extravagant and famous jewellery, and immerse yourself in the incredible stories behind famous gems including the stunning Koh-i-Noor, the exquisite Faberg� eggs, and the mysterious Hope diamond. Packed with spectacular photography, intriguing history, and fascinating real-life stories, Jewel is the most sumptuous celebration of the treasures of the Earth and the perfect gift for anyone looking for a little glamour.

Jewels

A Secret History

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Author: Victoria Finlay

Publisher: Ballantine Books

ISBN: 9780345493354

Category: History

Page: 496

View: 3051

Throughout history, precious stones have inspired passions and poetry, quests and curses, sacred writings and unsacred actions. In this scintillating book, journalist Victoria Finlay embarks on her own globe-circling search for the real stories behind some of the gems we prize most. Blending adventure travel, geology, exciting new research, and her own irresistible charm, Finlay has fashioned a treasure hunt for some of the most valuable, glamorous, and mysterious substances on earth. With the same intense curiosity and narrative flair she displayed in her widely-praised book Color, Finlay journeys from the underground opal churches of outback Australia to the once pearl-rich rivers of Scotland; from the peridot mines on an Apache reservation in Arizona to the remote ruby mines in the mountains of northern Burma. She risks confronting scorpions to crawl through Cleopatra’s long-deserted emerald mines, tries her hand at gem cutting in the dusty Sri Lankan city where Marco Polo bartered for sapphires, and investigates a rumor that fifty years ago most of the world’s amber was mined by prisoners in a Soviet gulag. Jewels is a unique and often exhilarating voyage through history, across cultures, deep into the earth’s mantle, and up to the glittering heights of fame, power, and wealth. From the fabled curse of the Hope Diamond, to the disturbing truths about how pearls are cultured, to the peasants who were once executed for carrying amber to the centuries-old quest by magicians and scientists to make a perfect diamond, Jewels tells dazzling stories with a wonderment and brilliance truly worthy of its subjects. From the Hardcover edition.

Gemstones

Understanding, Identifying, Buying

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Author: Keith Wallis (F.G.A.)

Publisher: ACC Distribution

ISBN: 9781851496303

Category: Antiques & Collectibles

Page: 160

View: 4873

Whether buying gem-set jewellery or loose stones, you will be faced with a colourful array of beauty

Brilliant Effects

A Cultural History of Gem Stones and Jewellery

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Author: Marcia R. Pointon

Publisher: Paul Mellon Ctr for Studies

ISBN: N.A

Category: Antiques & Collectibles

Page: 426

View: 1356

Pointon examines how small-scale and valuable artefacts have figured in systems of belief and in political and social practice in Europe since the Renaissance.

Delta Jewels

In Search of My Grandmother's Wisdom

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Author: Alysia Burton Steele

Publisher: Center Street

ISBN: 1455562831

Category: Social Science

Page: 192

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Inspired by memories of her beloved grandmother, photographer and author Alysia Burton Steele--picture editor on a Pulitzer Prize-winning team--combines heart-wrenching narrative with poignant photographs of more than 50 female church elders in the Mississippi Delta. These ordinary women lived extraordinary lives under the harshest conditions of the Jim Crow era and during the courageous changes of the Civil Rights Movement. With the help of local pastors, Steele recorded these living witnesses to history and folk ways, and shares the significance of being a Black woman--child, daughter, sister, wife, mother, and grandmother in Mississippi--a Jewel of the Delta. From the stand Mrs. Tennie Self took for her marriage to be acknowledged in the phone book, to the life-threatening sacrifice required to vote for the first time, these 50 inspiring portraits are the faces of love and triumph that will teach readers faith and courage in difficult times.

Desiring Italy

Women Writers Celebrate the Passions of a Country and Culture

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Author: Susan Cahill

Publisher: Ballantine Books

ISBN: 0307778371

Category: Travel

Page: 384

View: 5675

Under the spell of la dolce vita . . . For centuries Italy has been many things to many people. In this brilliant anthology and traveler's companion, twenty-eight first-rate women writers reveal why the land that is the heart and soul of European civilization is so seductive to women. Kate Simon walks us through a Siena filled with surprises and luminous beauty. Elizabeth Spencer writes of first coming to Italy and finding "home." Shirley Hazzard explores the mysteries of Naples. Muriel Spark writes on Venice, Edith Wharton on Rome, George Eliot on Florence, Barbara Grizzuti Harrison on San Gimignano, Patricia Hampl on Assisi. Other wonderful writers contemplate the idiosyncratic glories of Italy's architecture, cooking, art, and landscape; its culture; its places and people. As these writers tell their stories--in fiction, memoir, and essay--of coming to understand Italy, they explore the complexity of their passions for it, mingling affection and ecstasy with intellectual curiosity. Organized geographically--from northern Italy to Rome and on to the south, Desiring Italy offers an enchanting journey for readers and travelers. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Gemologue

Street Jewellery Styles and Styling Tips

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Author: Liza Urla

Publisher: Acc Art Books

ISBN: 9781851498819

Category:

Page: 352

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-A colorful collection of photographs from GEMOLOGUE by Liza Urla, a leading and much-loved jewelry blog and winner of the Best Blog in the Fashion category at the UK Best Blog Awards 2015 -Liza Urla is considered to be the first jewelry influencer in the world: she started her highly successful award-winning jewelry blog, GEMOLOGUE.com, back in 2009 and since then has worked with countless jewelry brands such as Van Cleef & Arpels, Chanel, Bulgari, Faberge, Buccellati among others and has gained more than 300,000 followers -Combines 'street-style' pictures with Urla's professional styling creations, developed in collaboration with designers from all over the world -Inspirational and eye-catching photographs will be of interest to jewelry enthusiasts from all over the world Did you know that jewelry predates clothes? The oldest known piece is a set of 100, 000-year-old beads, made from Nassarius shells. Liza Urla advises us not to look at the eyes when meeting a new person, but instead to look at their jewelry. She describes it as the ultimate means of self-expression, essential to our identification as humans. "Jewellery is our armour," she says, "and precious stones our amulets." In this book, she journeys from continent to continent, chronicling the pieces that capture her imagination and her heart. Although many of the pictures are from the street, defining the wearer's style on the day they were taken, Urla has been lucky enough to access people's personal jewelry boxes. As she says, the best pieces are always in private collections. Urla's favorite finds are presented alongside her own jewelry styling, in collaboration with various designers from the jungles of Brazil, the beaches of Mexico, or the streets of London, NYC, Paris or Moscow.

The Book of Diamonds

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Author: Joan Y. Dickinson

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486156826

Category: Antiques & Collectibles

Page: 256

View: 4215

Engrossing, profusely illustrated guide covers complete history and lore of diamonds — from early discoveries to the development of major mining companies. Photos of famous jewels.

Diamonds

An Early History of the King of Gems

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Author: Jack Ogden

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300215665

Category: Nature

Page: 408

View: 6289

A lavishly illustrated, in-depth early history covering two thousand years of diamond jewelry and commerce, from the Indian mines to European merchants, courts, and workshops This richly illustrated history of diamonds illuminates myriad facets of the "king of gems," including a cast of larger-than-life characters such as Alexander the Great, the Mughal emperor Jahangir, and East India Company adventurers. It's an in-depth study tracing the story of diamonds from their early mining and trade more than two thousand years ago to the 1700s, when Brazil displaced India as the world's primary diamond supplier. Jack Ogden, a historian and gemologist specializing in ancient gems and jewelry, describes the early history of diamond jewelry, the development of diamond cutting, and how diamonds were assessed and valued. The book includes more than one hundred captivating images, from close-up full-color photographs of historic diamond-set jewelry (some previously unpublished), to photomicrographs of individual gems and illustrations of medieval manuscripts, as well as diagrams depicting historical methods of cutting and polishing diamonds.

Diamonds

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Author: Marijan Dundek

Publisher: Marijan Dundek

ISBN: 0953788458

Category: Diamond industry and trade

Page: 95

View: 2849

A comprehensive guide to understanding white diamonds and natural fancy colour diamonds, this book includes images of the most fabulous jewels in the world.

The Greatest Shows on Earth

A History of the Circus

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Author: Linda Simon

Publisher: Reaktion Books

ISBN: 1780233981

Category: History

Page: 288

View: 7567

“Step right up!” and buy a ticket to the Greatest Show on Earth—the Big Top, containing death-defying stunts, dancing bears, roaring tigers, and trumpeting elephants. The circus has always been home to the dazzling and the exotic, the improbable and the impossible—a place of myth and romance, of reinvention, rebirth, second acts, and new identities. Asking why we long to soar on flying trapezes, ride bareback on spangled horses, and parade through the streets in costumes of glitter and gold, this captivating book illuminates the history of the circus and the claim it has on the imaginations of artists, writers, and people around the world. Traveling back to the circus’s early days, Linda Simon takes us to eighteenth-century hippodromes in Great Britain and intimate one-ring circuses in nineteenth-century Paris, where Toulouse-Lautrec and Picasso became enchanted with aerialists and clowns. She introduces us to P. T. Barnum, James Bailey, and the enterprising Ringling Brothers and reveals how they created the golden age of American circuses. Moving forward to the whimsical Circus Oz in Australia and to New York City’s Big Apple Circus and the grand spectacle of Cirque du Soleil, she shows how the circus has transformed in recent years. At the center of the story are the people—trick riders and tightrope walkers, sword swallowers and animal trainers, contortionists and clowns—that created the sensational, raucous, and sometimes titillating world of the circus. Beautifully illustrated and filled with rich historical detail and colorful anecdotes, The Greatest Shows on Earth is a vibrant history for all those who have ever dreamed of running away to the circus.

20th Century Jewelry & the Icons of Style

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Author: Stefano Papi,Alexandra Rhodes

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780500519004

Category:

Page: 320

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For many centuries, collecting precious jewels was the province of kings and queens, emperors, and maharajas. But in the aftermath of the First World War, royal gems passed into the hands of a different kind of elite that included celebrities and a coterie that reveled in a nouveau riche whirl. Changes in fashion and the rise of Art Deco style led them to reset pieces or commission exquisite contemporary designs. Authors Stefano Papi and Alexandra Rhodes explore this dazzling era via profiles of eleven glamorous women who built up astonishing jewelry collections in the mid-twentieth century. This revised and updated edition includes two new chapters that explore the lives and jewels of Ganna Walska and Helene Rochas. The authors reveal the remarkable stories behind the jewels and their collectors. Not only do they bring to life the worlds in which these women moved, but they also describe the gems in detail and chronicle the work of the leading jewelers of the day, including Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, and Harry Winston. The book is illustrated with gorgeous close-up photography of the jewels as well as drawings of the original designs, and includes portraits of the collectors by Beaton, Horst, and other leading photographers of the time."

7000 Years of Jewellery

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Author: Hugh Tait

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780714150321

Category: Jewelry

Page: 256

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Jewellery is one of the oldest forms of decorative art. This illustrated history reveals the varied styles, techniques and materials that have delighted men and women through the ages and all over the world.

Christie's Guide to Jewellery

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Author: Sarah Hue-Williams

Publisher: Editions Assouline

ISBN: 9782843233029

Category: Art

Page: 95

View: 1400

For more than 200 years, buyers and sellers have sought advice from Christie's specialists. For the first time, Christie's shares this knowledge in an easy-to-use guide to jewellery with stunning color photographs. Christie's Guide to Jewellery provides essential facts and advice on how to appreciate and understand jewels. What should you look for in a gem? Which artificial enhancements should you be aware of when choosing a stone? Why is spinel one of the most underrated gems today? Offering everything from a description of the four "C" categories to an explanation of the origin of the word "carat, " Christie's Guide to Jewellery is a must-have book for both serious and amateur collectors.

Stoned

Jewelry, Obsession, and How Desire Shapes the World

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Author: Aja Raden

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 0062334719

Category: Antiques & Collectibles

Page: 368

View: 5387

As entertaining as it is incisive, Stoned is a raucous journey through the history of human desire for what is rare, and therefore precious. What makes a stone a jewel? What makes a jewel priceless? And why do we covet beautiful things? In this brilliant account of how eight jewels shaped the course of history, jeweler and scientist Aja Raden tells an original and often startling story about our unshakeable addiction to beauty and the darker side of human desire. What moves the world is what moves each of us: desire. Jewelry—which has long served as a stand-in for wealth and power, glamor and success—has birthed cultural movements, launched political dynasties, and started wars. Masterfully weaving together pop science and history, Stoned breaks history into three categories—Want, Take, and Have—and explains what the diamond on your finger has to do with the GI Bill, why green-tinted jewelry has been exalted by so many cultures, why the glass beads that bought Manhattan for the Dutch were initially considered a fair trade, and how the French Revolution started over a coveted necklace. Studded with lively personalities and fascinating details, Stoned tells the remarkable story of our abiding desire for the rare and extraordinary.

Ten Million Aliens

A Journey Through the Entire Animal Kingdom

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Author: Simon Barnes

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1476730369

Category: Reference

Page: 480

View: 8035

“Funny, thoughtful, informative, and wise” (Publishers Weekly, starred review), this scientific foray into the animal kingdom examines how the world’s creatures—weird, wonderful, and everything in between—are inextricably linked. Life on planet earth is not weirder than we imagine. It’s weirder than we are capable of imagining. And we’re all in it together: humans, blue whales, rats, birds of paradise, beetles, mollusks the size of buses, gladiator slugs, bdelloid rotifers that haven’t had sex for millions of years, and water bears—creatures that can be boiled, frozen, and fired off into space without dying. We’re all part of the animal kingdom, appearing in what Darwin called “endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful.” In this audacious book, Simon Barnes brings together all of the world’s creatures, seeking not what sets them all apart but what unites them all. He explores arcane knowledge from the works of Darwin to James Joyce and David Attenborough to Sherlock Holmes, in addition to telling his own wild, don’t-try-this-at-home adventures in humorous and compulsively readable prose. Fascinating, entertaining, and perfect for Discovery Channel enthusiasts, Ten Million Aliens will open your eyes to the animal world through Barnes’s “unique voice, always willing to challenge conventional wisdom and look for deeper meanings” (The Sunday Telegraph).

A Simple Feast

A Year of Stories and Recipes to Savor and Share

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Author: Diana Yen,The Jewels of New York

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 1611800323

Category: Cooking

Page: 269

View: 3971

Evinces nostalgic memories of apple picking, tea parties, rooftop barbecues and more in a lavishly photographed treasury of seasonal recipes that combines modern American cooking traditions with evolving trends in local farm fare.

To the Edges of the Earth

1909, the Race for the Three Poles, and the Climax of the Age of Exploration

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Author: Edward J. Larson

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 006256451X

Category: History

Page: 352

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From the Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, a breathtaking entwined narrative of the most adventurous year of all time: in 1909 three daring expeditions–led by Ernest Shackleton, Robert Peary, and the dashing Duke of the Abruzzi–simultaneously raced to the top, bottom, and heights of the world. "Suspenseful. ... Larson does full justice to his three protagonists’ remarkable bravery." —Wall Street Journal As 1909 dawned, the greatest jewels of exploration—set at the world’s frozen extremes—lay unclaimed: the North and South Poles and the so-called “Third Pole,” the pole of altitude, located in unexplored heights of the Himalaya. Before the calendar turned, three expeditions had faced death, mutiny, and the harshest conditions on the planet to plant flags at the furthest edges of the Earth. In the course of one extraordinary year, Americans Robert Peary and Matthew Henson were hailed worldwide at the discovers of the North Pole; Britain’s Ernest Shackleton had set a new geographic “Furthest South” record, while his expedition mate, Australian Douglas Mawson, had reached the Magnetic South Pole; and at the roof of the world, Italy’s Duke of the Abruzzi had attained an altitude record that would stand for a generation, the result of the first major mountaineering expedition to the Himalaya's eastern Karakoram, where the daring aristocrat attempted K2 and established the standard route up the most notorious mountain on the planet. Based on extensive archival and on-the-ground research, Edward J. Larson weaves these narratives into one thrilling adventure story. Larson, author of the acclaimed polar history Empire of Ice, draws on his own voyages to the Himalaya, the arctic, and the ice sheets of the Antarctic, where he himself reached the South Pole and lived in Shackleton’s Cape Royds hut as a fellow in the National Science Foundations’ Antarctic Artists and Writers Program. These three legendary expeditions, overlapping in time, danger, and stakes, were glorified upon their return, their leaders celebrated as the preeminent heroes of their day. Stripping away the myth, Larson, a master historian, illuminates one of the great, overlooked tales of exploration, revealing the extraordinary human achievement at the heart of these journeys.

Diamonds

A Jubilee Celebration

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Author: Caroline de Guitaut

Publisher: Royal Collection Publications

ISBN: 9781905686421

Category: Art

Page: 120

View: 6471

Published to celebrate Queen Elizabeth IIs Diamond Jubilee, this accessible history explores the use of diamonds in works of art of all kinds, from personal and official jewellery and regalia to precious boxes and ceremonial swords. It examines the special qualities of diamonds and the royal uses to which they have been put throughout the centuries; and includes newly commissioned photography in close-up detail of each piece. A beautifully illustrated publication providing an introduction to a magnificent royal inheritance.