As people plan vacations, I look at what interesting books are out that I can read over my summer. I periodically check Amazon to see what books are coming out. I have 5 picks for summer jewelry books that are coming out this summer or came out less than a month ago.
History is something I have always enjoyed learning about whether it is about a person, place or time period. I have read several books on Faberge and what I love about how people write about the master jeweler is all the techniques and details.
Books focusing on Techniques and History
Looking at Jewelry by Susanne Gänsicke & Yvonne J. Markowitz -June 18, 2019
This offers explanations of jewelry terms. The book is geared toward jewelry makers, students, scholars but for anyone interested in a more in depth look at the methods and materials this is one to check out.
Jewels and Jewelry by Clare Phillips– May 21, 2019
As a fan of tiaras and royal history (mostly British) this is a great introduction to one of the finest jewelry collections at a museum. This book looks at examples from the Victoria and Albert Museum. The contents are divided into three parts: materials, chronology of style, manufacturing and distribution. That last section is of interest to me, I love learning about the supply chain of an industry.
This is a topic I don’t know as much about. I admire the designs of David Webb and Suzanne Belperron who were inspired by ancient gold techniques. A background and history of the area that these treasures come from would be a new world for me to explore.
Not everyone likes reference books all the time. This looked like a fun summer read the first line of the description caught my eye, “Twelve-year-old Aaron Broom is protecting his father’s car from repossession when he witnesses a jewelry store robbery gone wrong.” It turns out the father of the boy is accused. Aaron must seek out the real criminal by coming in contact with gangsters, diamond deals and more to clear his dad’s name. The story is set in St. Louis which is near my hometown so another bonus for that!
Book about the Jeweler
This book is put out in partnership with the Lecole des Arts Joailliers, place Vendôme in Paris. I blogged about my experience with the Lecole of Van Cleef & Arpels when they came to New York. The book looks at major design houses like Cartier, Boucheron, etc and the craftsmen behind this beautiful art. It is also under $20!
I saw this book at Christie’s for an event held around the time of the Spring auctions. The jewelry of Michelle Ong a Chinese designer was breath taking! To have Joel Rosenthal the creator of the famous JAR jewels is a good indication this is a designer to watch.
What did you think of my list? Are any of these summer jewelry books on your reading list? I know I can’t own them all, but I think I will start with the Art of the Jeweler! If you have suggestions, please comment below! If you are an author or distributing of any of these titles and would like to send me a copy email at firstname.lastname@example.org ! Thank you and happy reading!