EMERALD: Twenty One Centuries of Jewelled Opulence and Power
Emerald is a lavishly illustrated, definitive guide to the world’s most valuable precious gemstone. It is packed with hundreds of examples of fabulous emerald jewelry and tells the story of this fascinating, enduring and magnificent gem. A gem that is twenty times more rare than diamond and which was first discovered over five millennia ago.
Franca Sozzani, editor of Vogue Italia, opens with an introduction on emerald jewelry and women written from a personal perspective. Emerald is then divided into three sections beginning with a searching and historical piece by Hettie
Judah on the power, allure and status conveyed by gemstones, including stunning photography by Bert Stern, Horst P. Horst and from the archives of the great jewelry houses. The second section focuses on the finest emerald jewelry, ancient and modern, ever created, some of the 200 pieces selected have never been seen before. In the third and final section, author Jonathan Self explores the secrets of the emerald trade.