Diamond Jewelry

Diamond Jewelry 700 Years of Glory and Glamour

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Synopsis

Diamond jewelry has long been symbolic of political power and authority in Europe. This book focuses on the individuals who commissioned and wore extraordinarily precious diamond ornaments from the mid-14th century until the 'democratization' of diamonds that followed the opening of mines in South Africa in 1867.

This enthralling story covers seven centuries of history, showing the way in which rulers such as Charles V of France, Queen Elizabeth I of Great Britain, Louis XIV of France and Catherine II of Russia used diamond jewelry to reinforce their power and authority. As works of art, these precious creations mirror the successive styles of each period - late Gothic naturalism, the culture of the Renaissance, Baroque splendour, Rococo elegance and the Imperial grandeur of the First and Second Napoleonic Empires. The recurring themes - religion, sentiment, heraldry, military glory, miniatures and cameo portraiture - are reinterpreted by each generation of jewelers. Like royal dress, diamond jewelry was worn to dazzle and impress - at weddings, coronations, christenings and state visits - and was presented as gifts reflecting princely generosity. Over the centuries, these displays proved remarkably successful as instruments of government, symbolizing the pride and glory of a nation.

Arranged chronologically, Diamond Jewelry includes some legendary masterpieces of diamond jewelry. Written by an acknowledged expert, it offers an intriguing overview of one of the world's most precious gems.

Book information

ISBN: 9780500021507
Publisher: Thames and Hudson Ltd
Imprint: Thames and Hudson
Pub date:
DEWEY: 739.2709
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 1768g
Height: 311mm
Width: 233mm
Spine width: 29mm