This informative and visually stunning volume examines jewels and gemstones throughout history. It presents outstanding works of art from Europe, Egypt, the Middle East, India, China and the Americas through full-colour illustrations and expert commentaries outlining the cultural background and individual qualities of the pieces. The works of art have been selected both for their exquisite craftsmanship and for their symbolic importance in history. Amongst the many masterpieces included here are the cameos of the Emperor Augustus, the crown of the Holy Roman Emperor, the lost Amber Room from St Petersburg, Fabergé's eggs for the Tsar, the Koh-i-Noor and the Star of India diamonds, and the crystal skulls of the Toltecs. This lavishly illustrated book is a fascinating exploration of the world's greatest treasures.
The World's Greatest Treasures and Their Stories
Author: Bernhard Graf
Publisher: Prestel Pub
From the internationally acclaimed and bestselling historians William Dalrymple and Anita Anand, the first comprehensive and authoritative history of the Koh-i-Noor diamond, arguably the most celebrated jewel in the world. On March 29, 1849, the ten-year-old leader of the Sikh kingdom of the Punjab was ushered into the magnificent Mirrored Hall at the center of the British fort in Lahore, India. There, in a formal Act of Submission, the frightened but dignified child handed over to the British East India Company swathes of the richest land in India and the single most valuable object in the subcontinent: the celebrated Koh-i-Noor diamond, otherwise known as the Mountain of Light. To celebrate the acquisition, the British East India Company commissioned a history of the diamond woven together from the gossip of the Delhi Bazaars. From that moment forward, the Koh-i-Noor became the most famous and mythological diamond in history, with thousands of people coming to see it at the 1851 Great Exhibition and still more thousands repeating the largely fictitious account of its passage through history. Using original eyewitness accounts and chronicles never before translated into English, Dalrymple and Anand trace the true history of the diamond and disperse the myths and fantastic tales that have long surrounded this awe-inspiring jewel. The resulting history of south and central Asia tells a true tale of greed, conquest, murder, torture, colonialism, and appropriation that shaped a continent and the Koh-i-Noor itself.
The History of the World's Most Infamous Diamond
Author: William Dalrymple,Anita Anand
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Since ancient times the world's most powerful people have collected together priceless objects for their own indulgence, often artifacts with an element of the strange and wonderful, dazzling with gold and glittering with gemstones.
Masterworks in Gold and Gems from Ancient Egypt to Cartier
Author: Gianni Guadalupi
Category: Art metal-work
What is the difference between a rock and a gem? What makes the Hope Diamond so special? Why are some minerals fluorescent? Dig deep to find the answers in The Rock and Gem Book. Filled with over 1,200 stunning full-color photographs, The Rock and Gem Book is the perfect encyclopedia for young geologists to consult. Chapters are organized according to scientific classifications with straightforward explanations that bring each specimen to life. From the quartz in watches to the limestone in the Great Pyramids, the earth's natural treasures are used in architecture, art, and science. Get up close to diamonds, rubies, pearls, and sapphires, and study the different types of rocks, from granite to meteorites. Designed in DK's signature style, the pages are filled with highly visual spreads that show off the depth and unique quality of each gemstone, rock, and fossil. See the past with fossils, learn about the ocean through shells, and find out what makes gold so special in The Rock and Gem Book.
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Author: Franklin Webster Smith
Category: Art museum architecture
Publisher: Casa Editrice Bonechi
Tallis' book, published in 1852, gives a vibrant account of the Great Exhibition, a key event of the Victorian period.
And the Exhibition of the World's Industry in 1851
Author: John Tallis,J. G. Strutt
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Category: Business & Economics
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.
Jewelry, Obsession, and How Desire Shapes the World
Author: Aja Raden
Category: Antiques & Collectibles
Treasures of many kinds still lie hidden below crumbling castles and ruined monasteries; in macabre tombs; in subterranean labyrinths and sinister caverns. Many sunken treasures lie beneath the seas, oceans and lakes of the world. Vast stores of pirate gold are still hidden on many a real life treasure island such as Oak Island at Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia. Many treasures were looted, hidden and lost after the two World Wars - Hermann Goering, for example, one of most powerful leaders of Nazi Germany, is strongly suspected of hiding huge treasures at Veldenstein and Lake Zeller. This fascinating, expertly researched book brilliantly reveals all these unsolved mysteries. The final section covers useful ideas for treasure-seekers: the study of old maps and charts; coded messages; secret symbols; and intensive research into the lives and locations of those people through out history who probably in all certainty, had treasure to hide.
Author: Lionel and Patricia Fanthorpe
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
Category: Clocks and watches
The creator of the FBI's Art Crime Team recounts his dramatic career, describing high-stakes undercover missions involving valuable stolen antiquities, in an account that covers his role in a famous unsolved crime.
How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World's Stolen Treasures
Author: Robert K. Wittman,John Shiffman
Publisher: Broadway Books
The Legendary History of a Cursed Gem
Author: Richard Kurin
Publisher: Smithsonian Institution
Category: Antiques & Collectibles
Timed with the centennial of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition (PPIE) of 1915, Jewel City presents a large and representative selection of artworks from the fair, emphasizing the variety of paintings, sculptures, photographs, and prints that greeted attendees. It is unique in its focus on the works of art that were scattered among the venues of the exposition—the most comprehensive art exhibition ever shown on the West Coast. Notably, the PPIE included the first American presentations of Italian Futurism, Austrian Expressionism, and Hungarian avant-garde painting, and there were also major displays of paintings by prominent Americans, especially those working in the Impressionist style. This lavishly illustrated catalogue features works by masters such as Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent, Claude Monet, Paul Cézanne, Robert Henri, Edward Weston, Imogen Cunningham, Edvard Munch, Oskar Kokoschka, Umberto Boccioni, and many more. The volume also explores the PPIE’s distinctive murals program, developments in the art of printmaking, and the legacy of the French Pavilion, which hosted an abundance of works by Auguste Rodin and inspired the founding and architecture of the Legion of Honor museum in San Francisco. A rich and fascinating study of a critical moment in American and European art history, Jewel City is indispensable for understanding both the United States’ and California’s role in the reception of modernism as well as the region’s historical place on the international art stage. Published in association with the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Exhibition dates: de Young Museum, San Francisco: October 17, 2015–January 10, 2016
Art from San Francisco's Panama-Pacific International Exposition
Author: James A. Ganz,Emma Acker,Laura Ackley,Heidi Applegate,Gergely Barki,Karin Breuer,Melissa E. Buron,Martin Chapman,Renée Dreyfus,Victoria Kastner,Scott A. Shields,Colleen Terry
Publisher: Univ of California Press
Thieves of Baghdad is a riveting account of Colonel Matthew Bogdanos and his team's extraordinary efforts to recover over 5,000 priceless antiquities stolen from the Iraqi National Museum after the fall of Baghdad. A mixture of police procedural, treasure hunt, war-time thriller, and cold-eyed assessment of the international black market in stolen art, Thieves of Baghdad also explores the soul of a truly remarkable man: a soldier, a father, and a passionate, dedicated scholar.
One Marine's Passion to Recover the World's Greatest Stolen Treasures
Author: Matthew Bogdanos
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Category: Political Science
A visual history of the remains of the saints and holy relics found in the subterranean passageways and tombs beneath Rome, featuring skeletons dressed in elaborate silks and lace, wigs, crowns jewels and armor. 10,000 first printing.
Cult Treasures & Spectacular Saints from the Catacombs
Author: Paul Koudounaris