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Statement Pieces

Van Cleef & Arpels

By Anne-Marie Clais

The mere mention of the name Van Cleef & Arpels signifies beauty, excellence and mystique. It is one of the few brands that has an immediate and undeniable power to fascinate, a quality earned with over a century of unyielding devotion to the highest standards of haute jewellery. Van Cleef & Arpels deftly combines glamour with nature, and sophistication with simplicity — just like the women who choose it.

About The Author: Anne-Marie Clais is a graduate of Ecole Normale Superieure and Ecole Superieure des Sciences Economiques et Commerciales. After working with the haute couture house Givenchy, she founded BPA, a brand consulting company.

ISBN: 9782843235665
Published by Assouline

Maharajas’ Jewels

By Katherine Prior and John Adamson

The fascinating stories of Indian princes and their jewellery and precious stones are brought together in this sumptuously illustrated narrative tracing the rise and fall of India’s leading royal houses through the dramatic fortunes of their crown jewels.

Famed since antiquity as a supreme source of diamonds, rubies and sapphires, the Indian subcontinent afforded untold symbols of power and prestige to its many kings. From the sixteenth century forward, these stone were sought with unscrupulous avidity by the crowned heads of Europe, but even the rapacity of the British Empire failed to devour all of India’s treasures. In the twentieth century, in a final flowering of regal splendour, many Maharajas travelled to the West to have their jewels reset by the most prestigious jewellers of Paris, London and Rome. It is this encounter between Indian princely magnificence and the best of European jewellery design that forms the book’s centerpiece.

The authors offer a fresh, vigorous text drawing on original material from a wide range of government and private archives, and featuring many hitherto unpublished pictures alongside more familiar ones. From Sanskrit dramatists extolling the riches of India to the finest of modern Europe’s jewellers crossing Asia in search of royal clients, a broad gamut of real voices and resplendent images brings to life the story of India’s royal gems.

ISBN: 9782843234934
Published by Assouline

Chanel Jewellery

By Francoius Baudoit and Francoise Aveline

More than any other designer of her time, Gabrielle Chanel had the ability not only to predict the evolution of contemporary fashion, but also to see its future. Chanel was a true adventurer, always on the go, and her vision has left an indelible mark on 20th century fashion. This slipcase presents the history of Chanel, from its beginning through the creative trilogy that made this brand famous: Chanel Fashion, Chanel Fine Jewellery, and Chanel Perfume.

About The Author: One of France’s leading fashion and style specialists, Francois Baudot is a writer and an editorial adviser for Elle and Elle Decor. He is the author of a number of books devoted to fashion and decorative arts.

ISBN: 9782843235184
Published by Assouline