Forgot Password?|Close
Free Shipping to the US
Giles Newsletter
Your Cart is empty
Audubon Parrots

Tuesday 13 December 2016Revealed for the first time: the stories behind one of the most outstanding private collections of jewelry of the twentieth century

Spectacular Spectacular Gems and Jewelry from the Merriweather Post Collection
Liana Paredes

Spectacular immerses the reader in one of the most remarkable collections of gems and jewellery ever assembled. The Merriweather Post Collection features exquisite jewelry from the early twentieth century to the late 1960s from world-renowned firms such as Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, and Harry Winston as well as chic jewels from boutique firms like George Headley, David Webb, and Fulco di Verdura. It is also notable for its historic pieces, among them the Marie Louise diadem and the earrings reputedly worn by Marie Antoinette on the eve of the French Revolution.

Illustrated with over 160 color images, including stunning photography, design drawings, newspaper and magazine articles, and advertisements, this wonderful new book offers an enthralling glimpse into a collection full of outstanding gems, dazzling twentieth-century jewelry, and legendary historic jewels. Each chapter includes short essays contributed by experts in the field on a variety of historical, sociocultural, and gemological subjects. This lavish volume thus provides insight into the development of jewelry styles in the United States and Europe through one woman’s unique collection and paints a vivid picture of one of the most passionate and confident jewellery collectors of the twentieth century.

Publication accompanies an exhibition opening in June 2017, Hillwood Estate Museum and Gardens, Washington, D.C..


Liana Paredes is director of Collections & chief curator at Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens. In 2016 Ms. Paredes taught a course on 20th century Jewelry to students of decorative arts and design in the Smithsonian/George Mason university graduate program. She is the author of Sèvres Then and Now: Tradition and Innovation in Porcelain, 1750-2000, (2009), and is a member of the French Porcelain Society, American Ceramic Circle, Furniture History Society, ASJRA- Association for the Study of Jewelry and Related Arts, and Arts Table- Association of Women museum professionals

Martin D. Fuller is the founder and president of Martin Fuller Appraisals, LLC.

Michael Hall is the curator of ceramics of the Capelain Collection in Jersey, Channel Islands.

Jennifer Levy is a curatorial assistant at Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens.

Jeffrey Post is the curator of the U.S. National Gem and Mineral Collection, and chairman of the Department of Mineral Sciences, Smithsonian Institution.



Gems and Jewelry from the Merriweather Post Collection


Liana Paredes

Price US$39.95 / UK£29.95

ISBN 978-1-907804-92-2


200 pages

265 × 240 mm (9 ½ × 10 ½ in)

170 color illustrations

Published by GILES in association with the Hillwood Museum, Washington DC

Publication date June 2017




Spectacular Gems and Jewelry opens June 10