Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Tomes to Treasure............

Light, bright and impossibly lovely, jewels make a bold statement in any occasions! Here's 2 tomes that showcase some of the worlds most dazzling adornments!

As the name implies, this book is a heartfelt love letter to a jewelry house without equal. Epitomizing luxury for over a century, Cartier’s devotees have included the global elite, as well as sirens of stage and screen. Originally a jeweler of kings, Cartier is often dubbed “the king of jewelers.” Renowned for its craftsmanship and exquisite materials, the marque is a byword for opulent innovation.

Art directed and edited by Bruce Weber, this dazzling homage combines photographs created by Weber just for the book, original texts by Weber and Ingrid Sischy, along with a fascinating cornucopia of archival images and passages. The distinctively gold-bordered, red cover is designed to look like a Cartier jewelry box—right down to the authentic Cartier ribbon sewn into each binding.

Fabergé, Tiffany, and Lalique is known for having sensuous forms, dramatic imagery and vivid symbolism selection of unusual works–inluding glassware, paintings, jewelery, and fashion designs–that highlight both the technical and aesthetic aspects of these luxury masterminds. Artistic Luxury is not just another showcase of Lalique, Tiffany and Fabergé art nouveau glories, this catalog includes beautifully detailed photographs and an indepth look at the decadent work to that of the 3 jewel luminaries and contextualize each brand's work within the creative arts of the time. They show how Lalique, Tiffany and Fabergé creativity was situated among the arts, poetry, and literature of the day, and how they used other art forms to effect a stylistic renewal of jewelery that is still treasured. With stunning images and authoritative essays, this monograph illuminates the full range of this ingenious craftsman.

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