The History of Jewelry
JOSEPH SAIDIAN AND SONS OUR VERY OWN COFFEE TABLE BOOK PUBLISHED BY RIZZOLI
This book is over 170 years in the making chronicling some of the greatest jewels and gems of all time handled over the past four generations of our family business. Perfect for all lovers of art, history and jewelry. Highlighting a carefully curated selection of our inventory. Some of which have never before been seen by the public.
 
Every piece of jewelry tells a story, and none more so than the exquisite pieces in this book, which have passed through several notable owners before arriving at Joseph Saidian & Sons, an antique jeweler’s shop nestled in the Manhattan Art and Antiques Center. Each chapter is centered around a particular piece of jewelry and the way in which it is emblematic: a previous owner, an exemplary design or dominant material. From an array of historic pieces from Van Cleef & Arpels to a discussion of Indian royalty and its relationship with jewelry to pages filled with exquisite pearl jewelry, this book satisfies both the casual fan and the devotee with full-color photographs and informative themed chapters.

The eclectic choice of jewels and objets makes this a book unlike any other, with myriad entry points to larger discussions on broader themes and trends that the pieces figure into. This publication features beautiful full-color photographs of jewelry from various historical eras up to the present day, with a wide range of materials and styles. Each piece offers a different entry point for discussing the history of jewelry and various design elements, techniques, materials, and societal implications.

 

 

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