Gem

The Definitive Visual Guide
Author: DK
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1465462120
Category: Antiques & Collectibles
Page: 440
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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
Author: Dorling Kindersley
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780241226032
Category: Gems
Page: 360
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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.

The Book of Diamonds


Author: Joan Y. Dickinson
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 0486156826
Category: Antiques & Collectibles
Page: 256
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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.

Gemstones

Understanding, Identifying, Buying
Author: Keith Wallis (F.G.A.)
Publisher: ACC Distribution
ISBN: 9781851496303
Category: Antiques & Collectibles
Page: 160
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Whether buying gem-set jewellery or loose stones, you will be faced with a colourful array of beauty

Desiring Italy

Women Writers Celebrate the Passions of a Country and Culture
Author: Susan Cahill
Publisher: Ballantine Books
ISBN: 0307778371
Category: Travel
Page: 384
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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.

Stoned

Jewelry, Obsession, and How Desire Shapes the World
Author: Aja Raden
Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN: 0062334719
Category: Antiques & Collectibles
Page: 368
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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.

Delta Jewels

In Search of My Grandmother's Wisdom
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.

Gemstones of the World


Author: Walter Schumann
Publisher: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.
ISBN: 9781402768293
Category: Nature
Page: 319
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Provides detailed information regarding the physical characteristics and unique traits of more than 1,800 precious and semiprecious stones, as well as discussing gemstone structure, production, name origin, and symbolism.

Uncertain Path

A Search for the Future of National Parks
Author: William C. Tweed
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 0520271386
Category: Nature
Page: 248
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"Uncertain Path is a must read for wilderness and parks lovers who also know that climate change must be addressed if we are to be good stewards of our natural heritage. Bill Tweed is leading us down the right trail just in time." —Carl Pope, Chairman, Sierra Club "Author and naturalist Bill Tweed, like Muir, assumed that large, wild parks and wilderness areas could protect themselves, if we just let nature run its course. But on a hike along the John Muir Trail Tweed comes to the realization that, 'Natural' processes cannot lead reliably to 'natural' results in a world where climate change, global population, and habitat fragmentation have changed the operating rules...' It is a vital lesson we must all learn and act on—quickly and decisively—if we want to pass on a wild heritage to future generations."—Bruce Hamilton, Deputy Executive Director, Sierra Club “Bill Tweed has that rare combination of deep historical knowledge and even deeper passion for the national parks. He displays them both in Uncertain Path, a journey through the High Sierra that looks at the past and potential future of these American treasures. I can’t think of a better trail guide.”—Dayton Duncan, author of The National Parks: America’s Best Idea "This is history from the inside, intimate and provocative, growing from both the trail and from forty years of living with the Sierra Nevada. Younger generations are redefining the value of national parks just as global climate change transforms the very ecosystems that parks preserve. Tempered by managing parks and wilderness and people, Bill Tweed measures these sweeping changes with a clear eye. With deep concern and courage, he offers a sober vision of how to manage our national parks in the 21st century."—Stephen Trimble, author of Bargaining for Eden: The Fight for the Last Open Spaces in America "After nearly four decades as a park ranger revealing the secrets of nature to the visiting public, Bill Tweed took a 240-mile walk through the Sierra Nevada and took us along. Nothing escapes his loving attention, and like John Muir, Tweed sees each thing as connected to everything else, drawing rich conclusions about the future of the national parks. By all means, don't miss this trip."—Jordan Fisher Smith, author of Nature Noir "Bill Tweed's Uncertain Path is an invitation to the high country of the Sierra Nevada and also public land issues and philosophy. It's a wise and challenging exercise with a grand broad view."—Gary Snyder, author of The Practice of the Wild: Essays

7000 Years of Jewellery


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.

Gemologue

Street Jewellery Styles and Styling Tips
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.

Diamonds


Author: Marijan Dundek
Publisher: Marijan Dundek
ISBN: 0953788458
Category: Diamond industry and trade
Page: 95
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A comprehensive guide to understanding white diamonds and natural fancy colour diamonds, this book includes images of the most fabulous jewels in the world.

Living jewels 2

the magical design of beetles
Author: Poul Beckmann,Ruth Kaspin
Publisher: Prestel Pub
ISBN: N.A
Category: Nature
Page: 111
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In this book, Beckmann has compiled an entirely collection of beetles that are ready for their close-up. Magnified multiple times their normal size and photographed in rich color, their true magnificence is revealed - page after page of luminescent golds, electrifying greens, fiery reds, and unearthly blues. There are beetles with leopard spots and zebra stripes, beetles shaped like rhinos and dragons, beetles with long horns and shining armor. While Beckmann's images represent the finest examples of nature photography, the presentation of his subjects takes these pictures to another level.

Oscar Heyman

The Jewelers' Jeweler
Author: Yvonne J. Markowitz,Elizabeth Hamilton
Publisher: Museum of Fine Arts Boston
ISBN: 9780878468362
Category: Costume jewelry
Page: 126
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Since its founding in 1912, Oscar Heyman & Brothers has created fabulous jewels for some of the world's elite houses, causing it to be known in the trade as 'the jewelers' jeweler.' This lavishly illustrated history follows the firm's growth, from its origin as a Russian immigrant family enterprise in New York City to its establishment as an important ally of major retailers throughout the global jewelry trade, including Tiffany & Co., Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels. Enhanced with dazzling photographs of new and vintage pieces, as well as design drawings from the firm's archives that are works of art in their own right, this book reveals Oscar Heyman's important role in the story of high-style American jewelry.

A Simple Feast

A Year of Stories and Recipes to Savor and Share
Author: Diana Yen,The Jewels of New York
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 1611800323
Category: Cooking
Page: 269
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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.

20th Century Jewelry & the Icons of Style


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."

Jewels

A Secret History
Author: Victoria Finlay
Publisher: Ballantine Books
ISBN: 9780345493354
Category: History
Page: 496
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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.

Christie's Guide to Jewellery


Author: Sarah Hue-Williams
Publisher: Editions Assouline
ISBN: 9782843233029
Category: Art
Page: 95
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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.

Masquerade


Author: Kate Mulvany,Kit Williams
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781925005844
Category: Australian drama
Page: 61
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In a wondrous world of riddles and hidden treasure, bumbling Jack Hare is on a race against time to deliver a message of love from the Moon to the Sun. Far, far away in a world just like ours, a mother cheers her son Joe with the tale of Jack Hare's adventure. But when Jack's mission goes topsy-turvy, Joe and his mum must come to the rescue, and the line between the two worlds becomes blurred forever. Bringing to life Kit Williams' iconic picture book, Masquerade stars a talking fish, a tone-deaf barbershop quartet, a gassy pig, a precious jewel and a few mere mortals. It's a magical adventure that is, at its heart, about the love between a parent and a child.

Hidden Gems

Stories from the Saleroom
Author: Sarah Hue-Williams,Raymond Sancroft-Baker
Publisher: Unicorn Press (CA)
ISBN: 9781910065990
Category:
Page: 312
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Sarah Hue-Williams and Raymond Sancroft-Baker have spent decades working in the jewelry industry, from assessing historical gems to selling some of the most important, rare, and unusual pieces of jewelry ever to come on the market. ?In this book, they turn that experience into forty lavishly illustrated true stories from the world of gems and jewelry. Drawing from a wide range of periods, cultures, and countries, the authors take us behind the scenes, showing us the fascinating origins and secret histories of some unforgettable creations--and the lives of the people who desired and won them, loved and lost them. Even in a world of luxury, there's nothing quite so dramatic as a beautiful piece of finely crafted jewelry; the stories in this book remind us why.