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THE IMPOSSIBLE COLLECTION OF JEWELRY BOOK

THE IMPOSSIBLE COLLECTION OF JEWELRY BOOK – With Baz Luhrmann’s much-anticipated The Great Gatsby, we can’t help but be fascinated by the sheer theatrically of it all. The costumes, the set designs and the jewelry. In fact, that’s all we can really think and talk about these days. BY VIVIENNE BECKER Cuffs up to our elbows, piles of statement necklaces and the most elegant of headpieces that seem perfectly acceptable for every day wear.  So to feed our insatiable appetite for all things glittery, we’ve been thumbing through one of Assouline‘s newest release: The Impossible Collection of Jewelry. (Read also The Impossible Collection of Fashion) See also: Book Review: Frida Kahlo Fashion As The Art Of Being 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 magnificent Cartier creations, such as the Maharajah of Patiala’s famous necklace, to lesser-known delights. Carefully curated, the 100 pieces featured stand out for their design, and the story behind them. A flip through the book’s pages…

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Alexandre Reza Precious Gems

ALEXANDRE REZA BY VIVIENNE BECKER This monumental edition, presents more than one hundred rare pieces of Reza’s creations, and a history of the famed gem house in archival documents and vintage photography. Alexandre Reza is a Paris-based jeweler known for his diverse and rare collection of precious gems. He is lauded as the greatest gem collector of modern times. Alexandre Reza was born in 1922 in Moscow, of ancient Samarkand heritage. The son of a jeweler, Alexandre moved to France with his family when he was a child. He set out on his own at the age of 18, the same time as the onset of World War II. After the war, Alexandre Reza began his career as a diamond expert, traveling extensively to source each stone, which served as the key design inspiration for his work. Early on, he supplied gems to jewelry brands such as Boucheron, Bulgari, Cartier, Chaumet, Harry Winston, and Van Cleef & Arpels. “probably the top jeweller in the world for the rich, famous and royalty.”                               The Mirror After more than three decades of acquiring and selectively selling fine diamonds, Alexandre…

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Bulgari’s Serpenti Collection

Since the 1940s, with the creation of exclusive bracelet-watches in the form of a snake, the serpent has been one of Bulgari’s most emblematic and eternal symbols. Representing everything from birth, rebirth, beauty, sex appeal, and wisdom in Greek mythology and Roman civilization, the snake motif also alludes to founder Sotirio Bulgari’s Greek heritage and adopted home of Rome. This new tome explores the Serpenti collection’s rich heritage, distinguished elegance, and status as one of the Roman jewelry house’s contemporary icons. Featuring imagery of Elizabeth Taylor, who famously sported a serpent-shaped watch while filmingCleopatra in 1962; Marisa Berenson; and Diana Vreeland, who, in one of her legendary Vogue memos, declared her fascination for the snake motif, this oversize and exclusive book (by Assouline) speaks to the timelessness, sensuality, and beauty ofBulgari’s Serpenti collection. A must-have! About the Author Marion Fasel is an acclaimed jewelry historian, editor, and author. Hollywood Jewels; Bejeweled: Great Designers, Celebrity Style; and With This Ring: The Ultimate Guide to Wedding Jewelry are among the five books she co-authored with Penny Proddow. Fasel has been a contributing editor at InStyle since launching the magazine’s award-winning coverage of fine jewelry and watches in 1996.

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