Victoria Gomelsky & Janet Deleuse Says..."The Best Jewelry and Watch Coffee-Table Books of 2014"

Posted on 28 April 2015

 

Janet Deleuse 

"I Love Those Earrings: A Popular History from Ancient to Modern"

Janet Deleuse is a featured designer and contributing writer for this large and comprehensive book about earrings.

 From the earliest to the most recent, from artistic costume to over the top indulgent gems and diamonds.

Earrings designed by Janet Deleuse are featured in the book and on the back cover.

Hardcover – March 28, 2014   by Jane Merrill (Author), Chris Filstrup (Author) I Love Those Earrings was just published and is available on Amazon.

 

 

Sevan Biçakçi

Not for nothing is the Turkish-Armenian jeweler Sevan Biçakçi known as the “problem solver of the Grand Bazaar.” The technical mastery displayed in his award-winning creations—including a collection of carved gemstone rings blooming with tulips, crowded with cupolas, or bearing the likenesses of his favorite sultans—is unparalleled.

See for yourself in this gorgeous $165 doorstop written by Vivienne Becker and published by Assouline.

Loaded with brilliantly shot photographs of Biçakçi’s beloved Istanbul, the book has plenty of narrative backbone to satisfy the readers among you. I was hooked from the first sentence:

“His name means ‘bladesmith,’ and his story has become a legend of our time: an epic saga of toil, tribulation, and triumph, of heartbreak and heroism, of the passion, power, and glory of gold and gems; a tale that might once have been told by a wandering troubadour roaming the towns and villages of the mighty Ottoman Empire.”

Photo Courtesy Assouline,  Assouline’s oversize luxury edition of Sevan Biçakçi




        

  Terra Garnet

Vladyslav Y. Yavorskyy is a Bangkok-based gem dealer with a serious eye for stones. A few years ago, he published a mesmerizing book devoted to spinel, Terra Spinel. This year, he followed up with another coffee-table book that combines travelogue, gemological esoterica, and luscious color photography to acquaint readers with the wide world of garnets.

“Mention the word ‘garnet’ and most people think of an inexpensive red gem,” writes gemologist Richard Hughes in an introductory note to the book. “In truth, while many garnets are red, the family contains a cornucopia of colors that include sun-kissed oranges, emerald greens, and even color-changing chameleons that put many alexandrites to shame.”

From the 1853 discovery of demantoid garnets in the Ural Mountains of Russia to a 1999 find in Nigeria that uncovered bright orange mandarin garnets, the book details the most important garnet varieties of all time, setting the stage for a year that should see the gem reach new heights.

That’s because now that Pantone has christened reddish-brown Marsala its color of the year for 2015, expect garnet—especially the inexpensive red variety—to take its turn in the spotlight.

Courtesy Garnetbook.com,Terra Garnet, Vladyslav Yavorskyy’s ode to the family of gems that ranges from the lowly pyrope garnet to the vaunted demantoid

 

 

     

  Cartier in the 20th Century

To coincide with its well-received exhibition “Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century,” which runs through March 15, the Denver Art Museum has partnered with the Vendome Press in New York and Thames & Hudson in London on a beautiful volume that includes a sweeping history of the maison from 1900 to 1975.

It features plenty photos of dazzling eye candy interspersed with astute observations—by the likes of global style director Pierre Rainero, among other contributors—about Cartier’s place at the intersection of 20th century art, culture, and history.

Courtesy Cartier, The cover of Cartier in the 20th Century

 

     

The Impossible Collection of Watches

  

As founder of ABlogtoWatch, a popular blog about timepieces, Ariel Adams has had a front-row seat to the spectacular rise of collecting culture in the watch trade since the turn of the millennium.

He documents the craziest watches to have resulted from that phenomenon in this coffee-table book, which starts with watches priced around $200,000 and goes up—way up—from there.

Courtesy A Blog to Watch, Ariel Adams’ take on the richest examples of watchmaking

 

 

    

  

               

   The World’s Most Expensive Watches

At $695.00, this Assouline title written by the British author and historian Nicholas Foulkes is perfect for the hardcore watch collectors in your midst.

Foulkes shares the stories behind 100 iconic timepieces, including the 1915 Omega Lawrence of Arabia aviator chronograph, the 1962 Breitling Cosmonaute, and the 1985 Ulysse Nardin Astrolabium Galileo Galelei, all the while weaving a tale of progress, mechanical innovation, and craft in this oversize luxury edition.

photo Courtesy Assouline, Assouline’s The Impossible Collection of Watches

 Article written for JCK By Victoria Gomelsky, Editor-in-Chief, Posted on December 21, 2014

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