Twenty-one Centuries of Jewelled Opulence and Power

  1. Jonathan Self, Joanna Hardy,
  2. Franca Sozzani & Hettie Judah
  • ISBN 9780500517208
  • 34.50 x 25.30 cm
  • Hardback
  • 316pp
  • 400 Illustrations, 400 in colour
  • First published 2013
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‘Gem lovers will be green with envy turning the pages of 'Emerald', an extravagant tome with stunning photos of verdantly bedecked royals, socialites and movie stars’ – Architectural Digest
‘Lavish … colour photos make palpable the jaw-dropping opulence of the 187-carat Mackay Emerald and other historic pieces’ – Sotheby’s Magazine
‘This chic tome is almost as beautiful as the fine jewels it celebrates’ – The Daily Telegraph
‘An awe-inspiring new book’ – Professional Jeweller

Emeralds are twenty times rarer than diamonds and this is the most ambitious book ever published on this beautiful stone


The lavishly designed homage opens with a stunning series of images of style icons wearing their favourite emerald jewelry. The celebrities range from Elizabeth Taylor and Angelina Jolie to Diana, Princess of Wales, all alongside classic images of emeralds from art, advertising and fashion, celebrated in a text by Franca Sozzani, editor of Vogue Italia.

The second part of this major volume showcases scores more of the world’s most significant and famous pieces of emerald jewelry, including many previously unseen designs from private and royal collections. Historic creations are represented alongside modern jewelry houses, including Cartier, Boucheron, Bulgari, Harry Winston and more.

The final part tells the story of the emerald trade from mine to market, illustrated with specially commissioned photography from across four continents.

Edited by Robert Violette and published in association with Violette Editions
Jonathan Self writes for The Times, Country Life and Vanity Fair, and is the author of over a dozen books. Joanna Hardy is a jewelry specialist, formerly of De Beers, Philips and Sothebys. She is the author of Collect Contemporary Jewelry and appears regularly on Antiques Roadshow. Hettie Judah is a British author who has written extensively about fashion, art and design in various international publications. Franca Sozzani is editor of Vogue Italia.

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