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SpectacularGems and Jewelry from the Merriweather Post Collection

Published by GILES in assocation with Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens

Published — (UK and USA)

Dimensions — 200 pages, 265 x 240 mm (9 ½ x 10 ½ in)

Illustrations — 170 colour

Format — Hardback

Price — UK£29.95 / US$39.95

ISBN — 978-1-907804-92-2

Press Release — Revealed for the first time: the stories behind...

News  —  Spectacular Gems and Jewelry opens June 10

Sales Points

  • Reveals the stories behind one of the most outstanding private collections of jewelry of the twentieth century.
  • Features over 100 exquisite pieces from world-renowned firms such as Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Harry Winston, George Headley, David Webb, and Fulco di Verdura.
  • Notable historical pieces include the earrings reputedly worn by Marie Antoinette on the eve of the French Revolution.
  • An accompanying exhibition opens 10 June, 2017, Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens

About the Book

Numerous publications have dealt with the subject of jewellery, but this book stands alone: all of the jewels featured were owned by Marjorie Post, either bought by her or commissioned from contemporary designers using new and old gems.

There are major pieces by Van Cleef and Arpels (the remarkable diamond and ruby flower brooch is on the cover), Cartier, including the famous Indian Emerald Pendant brooch;  the incredible Blue Heart Diamond set as a ring by Harry Winston  and the Marie Louise Diadem, created by Etienne Nitot et Fils in 1810.

Illustrated with over 160 colour images, including design drawings, newspaper and magazine articles and advertisements, the book offers an enthralling glimpse into one woman’s extraordinary collection. Each chapter includes short essays by experts in the field on a variety of historical, sociocultural, and gemological subjects.

About the Author(s)

The late Liana Paredes was director of Collections & chief curator at Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens. Dr. Jeffrey Edward Post is chairman of the Department of Mineral Sciences, Smithsonian Institution and curator of the U.S. National Gem and Mineral Collection. Dr. Michael Hall is curator of Ceramics of the Capelain Collection, Jersey, Channel Islands. Jennifer Levy joined Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens as curatorial assistant in 2015. Dr. Wilfried Zeisler is Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens’ curator of Russian and 19th-century Art. Martin D. Fuller is an independent jewellery appraiser.