DIOR JOAILLERIE

This is the first book to celebrate the timeless beauty and craftsmanship of Dior’s jewelry designs. Since launching Dior Fine Jewelry in 1998, Victoire de Castellane has been celebrated for having revolutionized the staid world of jewelry design. Her designs play with the barriers between natural and artificial. Renowned as one of the most creative and fearless jewelry designers in the world, she trailblazed the use of the semiprecious gemstones and lacquered gold in baroque, translucent colors. Her sources of inspiration include a global mix of pop culture, floral and natural motifs, and the visual excesses of Bollywood. 

I love this book because it is chock-full of absolutely stunning color photos of gorgeous Dior Jewelry. It also contains artistic sketches of pieces. It is divided into chapters, each representing the motifs inspiring the illustrated pieces. At the beginning of each chapter, there is an explanation the significance of each theme. Towards the back of the book, there is an index documenting the materials used.  A perfect addition to any jewelry lovers coffee table collection.

PHOTO: DIOR JOILLERIE

PHOTO: DIOR JOILLERIE

PHOTO: DIOR JOILLERIE

PHOTO: DIOR JOILLERIE

PHOTO: DIOR JOILLERIE

PHOTO: DIOR JOILLERIE

PHOTO: DIOR JOILLERIE

PHOTO: DIOR JOILLERIE

"Our tastes perfectly matched in the common pursuit of the paradise from our childhoods."              -Christian Dior

ASSOULINE - THE IMPOSSIBLE COLLECTION OF JEWELRY

THE IMPOSSIBLE COLLECTION OF JEWELRY: THE 100 MOST IMPORTANT JEWELS OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY

 

In this magnificent collection of the most spectacular jewels of the twentieth century, fine jewelry historian Vivienne Becker selects the quintessential bijoux that represent the milestones of jewelry design of the last one hundred years. From Art Nouveau to the brink of the new millennium, Becker’s selections range from the Wiener Werkstätte and Tiffany Studios, Egyptian-inspired Art Deco masterpieces by Cartier and midcentury designs by Verdura for Chanel, exquisite creations by DeBeers, Van Cleef & Arpels, and Graff, to modern designs from a new generation of innovative artists. Specifications 14 x 17 in – 35.5 x 42 cm 160 pages | 100 illustrations Hand-bound limited edition in a linen clamshell case.

THE ART OF BVLGARI: LA DOLCE VITA AND BEYOND 1950 - 1990

THE ART OF BVLGARI

This glittering celebration of Bulgari explores an era of enormous innovation--a time when its creations began to gain fame as the ultimate accessories for celebrities around the world. Since its founding in Rome in 1884, Bulgari has become synonymous with ingenuity and luxury in jewelry design. This volume focuses on the 1950s through the 1980s--a period of eclectic creativity that helped to establish the signature Bulgari look and its status in the world of celebrity and high society. Along with a history of the jeweler, the book features approximately 150 pieces from this pivotal period. High-quality photographs of the objects share the spotlight with sketches, photographs, and vintage advertisements from the Bulgari archives, as well as images of the celebrities who adorned themselves with these opulent works, such as Elizabeth Taylor and Sophia Loren. An introduction by Martin Chapman examines Bulgari in an American context, focusing on its famous clients and social history. An essay by Amanda Triossi provides a deeper look at Bulgari--its founding, history, designers, and innovations. Section introductions for the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s illuminate the trends in jewelry design for each decade, in addition to a chapter dedicated to the legendary Elizabeth Taylor collection.