Curate your personal library with the same care you put into your jewelry collection. For the jewelry lover with a heart for books, these titles bring the best of both to the coffee table.
Not all history books are stuffy, incomprehensible tomes. The following jewelry books feature hundreds of exquisite photographs, illustrating the cultural, historical and social influences of jewelry across the millennia.
7000 Years of Jewelry, edited by Hugh Tait, will have you traveling through time. This book features stunning photographs of jewelry from all over the world, from the Middle East in 5000 B.C. to Europe in the mid-1900s.
Emerald by Joanna Hardy and Jonathan Self takes a slightly narrower but fully comprehensive approach to the cultural and social histories of the mesmerizing Emerald, including the gem’s mine-to-market life cycle.
The Impossible Collection of Jewelry by Vivienne Becker offers a more condensed overview of fine jewelry trends in recent history. As the highest-priced book listed here, this title may as well be classified as a precious jewel in and of itself. This luxurious collection features Becker’s careful selection of the most iconic, magnificent jewels of the twentieth century.
When Life Gives You Gemstones
With the right materials and detailed instruction, the dazzling art of jewelry can also be highly accessible.
Kumihimo Wire Jewelry by Giovanna Imperia presents a fresh take on traditional methods of Japanese braiding. Containing historical and contemporary examples of this intricate art, this book is an inspiring resource for jewelry-making enthusiasts.
Gemstones of the World by Walter Schumann is the perfect guide to have on hand for those who may not necessarily want to create jewelry but would like to learn more about the precious stones that are so often used in the craft.
A Jewel’s Embrace
These titles reveal the deep-rooted social and psychological effects of jewels on humanity’s way of being.
Stoned: Jewelry, Obsession, and How Desire Shapes the World by Aja Raden explores the complex, convoluted ways in which gemstones and jewelry have played a part in our lives and in society at large, from political dynasties to cultural revolutions.
Elizabeth Taylor: My Love Affair with Jewelry reveals personal truths that correspond with Taylor’s desire for brilliant, precious items. Featuring over two hundred photographs of the actress’s life and collection, this book provides an extraordinary glimpse into her passion for beauty and storytelling.
If These Jewels Could Talk: The Legends Behind Celebrity Gems by Beth Bernstein examines the lives of celebrity jewelry enthusiasts. Read through this book to explore the world of fame and fortune through a jeweled lens.
These beautifully illustrated publications navigate the fascinating collections of some of the most important jewelry purveyors.
Jewelry by Suzanne Belperron: My Style is My Signature explores Belperron’s earliest work and her most iconic pieces.
Graff features breathtaking photographs of the renowned company’s history and mesmerizing designs, including a necklace made of 26 stones perfectly cut from the 603-carat Lesotho Promise.
Fashion Jewelry: The Collection of Barbara Berger features one of the most vibrant, exciting collections of costume jewelry. This books veers away from more conventional and stately ideas of finery.
On Body and Soul: Contemporary Armor to Amulets by Suzanne Ramljak also branches off from common perceptions of jewelry. Ramljak provides a unique look at modern armor, including protective charms, rings and pendants.
With so many literary gems available, it’s easy to adorn your coffee table with style and elegance. Every ring, bangle and pendant comes with a story, rich with cultural history and mythology. Jewelry books like these illustrate how captivating the narratives of jewelry can be.