The Queen's Diamonds

The Queen's Diamonds

Book rating: 05 Hardback

By (author) Hugh Roberts

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  • Publisher: Royal Collection Trust
  • Format: Hardback | 324 pages
  • Dimensions: 262mm x 320mm x 42mm | 2,740g
  • Publication date: 31 August 2012
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1905686382
  • ISBN 13: 9781905686384
  • Illustrations note: 348 colour illustrations
  • Sales rank: 29,052

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The splendor and sparkle of the diamond is unmatched by that of any other gem in the world. As status symbols or emblems of" "endless love, diamonds have been worn, collected, and presented as lavish gifts since the earliest days of antiquity. Today, steady sales and borrowed baubles on the arms of starlets indicate that diamonds remain among the most sought-after gemstones. But few, if any, private collections surpass that of Queen Elizabeth II."The Queen s Diamonds" takes readers on a tour of the magnificent royal inheritance of diamonds from Queen Adelaide in the 1830s to the present day. The book features more than seventy awe-inspiring pieces of jewelry from one of the finest collections in the world. With three hundred full-color photographs many newly commissioned for the book the dazzling display ranges from the flawless pink diamond presented to Princess Elizabeth, as she was then known, for her wedding in 1947 to nineteenth-century diamond diadems to the Cartier Halo tiara worn most recently by The Duchess of Cambridge at her wedding in April 2011. As informative as it is stunningly beautiful, the book includes information on many items of international importance and great historic significance.Published on the occasion of the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, "The Queen s Diamonds" offers the first authorized account of this iconic and unparalleled collection of diamond jewelry. The photos superbly encapsulate the breathtaking beauty of the subjects, and the descriptions are packed with fascinating details."

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Author information

Sir Hugh Roberts is Surveyor Emeritus of The Queen s Works of Art and was the Director of the Royal Collection from 1996 to 2010. He is the author of "For The King's Pleasure: The Furnishing and Decoration of George IV's Apartments at Windsor Castle," and has also written extensively on the decorative arts, contributing to the catalogs for numerous exhibitions."

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By TRACIE STOREY 01 Jul 2014 5

This is a fantastic book with lots of information about the women of the royal family, that wore and collected the jewellery within the book. The photos are magnificent and there are lots of enlargements of the jewellery and each piece is described in detail and it's history included. If you have an interest in the history of the royal family and love jewellery then this is a book that you will love and can pore over for hours. It was well worth the money.