The first comprehensive book on jewelry as an art form showcases a collection of today's most exclusive jewelers
When does jewelry transcend the category of fashion accessory to become art? Coveted provides a vital survey of the most innovative creations in jewelry design, profiling 75 the most prominent designers working today.
Through exceptional pieces from each artist's extraordinary oeuvre, the book explores their conceptual approach, provenance of materials, quality of design, composition, and workmanship, revealing what makes these creations not only coveted objects of exceptional value but also works of art.
Beautiful color photography illustrates the profiled designers - some never-before-seen - each image accompanied by an informative caption.
Coveted is separated into 5 thematic chapters covering key approaches and the most relevant issues for contemporary high jewelry, including Modernism; the cultural exchange between East and West and its effect on design; the evolution and meaning of innovative materials; the natural world as inspiration and he growing empowerment of women, both as designers and consumers.
Packaged in an incredible luxury pearlescent paper cover with foil-stamping, Coveted presents a dazzling entrée for anyone who has ever paused by the windows of Tiffany's around breakfast time.
About the Author
Melanie Grant is a journalist who works at the Economist. She has also worked at the BBC, the Financial Times, The Times and the Independent, amongst others. She is luxury editor of the Economist's sister publication 1843, for which she writes, styles, and commissions, editing an annual jewelry supplement. Grant speaks regularly on watches and jewelry at events and prestigious venues.
"Illustrates the complexity, power and artistic impact of great design through images and tales of a global mix of jewelers that include powerhouse brands." —The New York Times
"Three years and 150-plus interviews in the making, Coveted brings together the most artistic, jaw-dropping jewels, crafted by historic houses and cutting-edge designers from around the globe." —Galerie
"Gorgeously photographed... a worthy compendium that will satisfy art lovers and jewelry enthusiasts alike." —Publishers Weekly
"The must-have book for smart jewellery lovers." —The Jewellery Editor
"A comprehensive guide to the art of jewellery." —Polo & Lifestyle Magazine
"Melanie Grant offers a glimpse into the rarefied world of high jewelry by explaining the historical and artistic importance of some of the world's most innovative pieces." —Forbes—-