Hidden Gems : Stories from the Saleroom
Showcasing jewels and bringing them to life, these 40 stories are an intriguing blend of art, science, history and psychology, tracing the lives of jewels and all those connected to them. The authors have brought their considerable knowledge and experience of handling jewellery and gemstones to compiling a lavishly illustrated book of stories in which the jewels are not always the most expensive or 'important' to have passed through the saleroom, but rather are those that have an intriguing history or provenance attached to them.Spanning diverse cultures and countries, different time periods and design eras, the stories allow us into the private lives of those who have loved and lost jewellery, who have owned and treasured, commissioned, designed, created, given and received it, and who have marked the most memorable moments of their lives with it. The stories in this very different type of jewellery book have never been shared publicly before, and all of them are true.
- Hardback | 312 pages
- 231.14 x 274.32 x 27.94mm | 1,746.33g
- 15 Apr 2017
- Unicorn Publishing Group
- Uniform Press
- London, United Kingdom
"There's always more to jewelry than their glitz, and perhaps no two people understand that better than Hue-Williams and Sancroft-Baker. In Hidden Gems, the pair of British jewelry experts tell the never-before-told stories of 40 fine jewels and the private lives behind them."--Departures "Hidden Gems tells the intriguing tales of the finest jewels. Written by two of Britain's leading jewelry experts, the book explains the intricate systems for valuing different gems and stones. If you can't afford to buy her a necklace this Christmas, then there is always this book."--Daily Mail
About Sarah Hue-Williams
Sarah Hue-Williams is a freelance gemmologist, jewellery historian and lecturer. Winner of the Anderson Medal for Gemmology, she is a Fellow of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain and author of Christie's Guide to Jewellery. Raymond Sancroft-Baker was European Jewellery Director at Christie's for over 20 years and is a Fellow of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain.