Hidden Gems

Stories from the Saleroom

Sarah Hue-Williams and Raymond Sancroft-Baker

Hidden Gems

Sarah Hue-Williams and Raymond Sancroft-Baker

Distributed for Unicorn Publishing Group

312 pages | 200 color plates, 40 halftones | 8 3/4 x 10 1/2 | © 2017
Cloth $50.00 ISBN: 9781910065990 Published April 2017 For Sale in USA and Canada Only
Sarah Hue-Williams and Raymond Sancroft-Baker have spent decades working in the jewelry industry, from assessing historical gems to selling some of the most important, rare, and unusual pieces of jewelry ever to come on the market.

‚ÄčIn this book, they turn that experience into forty lavishly illustrated true stories from the world of gems and jewelry. Drawing from a wide range of periods, cultures, and countries, the authors take us behind the scenes, showing us the fascinating origins and secret histories of some unforgettable creations—and the lives of the people who desired and won them, loved and lost them. Even in a world of luxury, there’s nothing quite so dramatic as a beautiful piece of finely crafted jewelry; the stories in this book remind us why.
Contents
Foreword by Lord Linley
Prologue: A jewellery storybook
 
1 A KING IN KING STREET
The first Mughal Emperor and his pink Golconda diamond
2 AGE AND BEAUTY
The Rosebery pearls
3 BELLE EPOQUE BOUNTY
The South African randlords
4 BREAKFAST CALL
The Duke of Manchester and tiaras
5 CHARITY BEGINS AT HOME
An Indian Princess and her sarpech
6 COME WITH ME
Bank vaults and what to look for in a jewel
7 DESIGN RULES
Jewels as art
8 DON’T DELAY
A blue diamond in a matchbox
9 ENOUGH IS (NEVER) ENOUGH
The lure of diamond rings
10 FEMALE FLAIR
Boivin and Belperron – French tours de force
11 FINGERS CROSSED
Big yellow diamonds, De Beers and Thomas Cullinan
12 FLIGHT MONEY
Black pearls
13 GOLDEN OR GREEN – EITHER IS GREAT!
Gem collecting: an expensive hobby
14 HOW TO DATE
Van Cleef & Arpels
15 IT WAS LENT TO A FRIEND
Lady Cholmondeley to Lady Churchill
16 JUST IN TIME
The Onassis family and objets de vertu
17 KARMA RULES
Marie Antoinette and rubies
18 KASHMIR CACHET
Super sapphires
19 LALIQUE LIVES ON
René Lalique and Art Nouveau jewels
20 LOOSE COVERS
The lucky blue diamond
21 LOST AND FOUND
Early jewels unearthed
22 MATCH MAKING
JAR and earrings
23 MENAGERIE
English eccentricity
24 NOT ALL OLIGARCHS
Russian jewels and Fabergé
25 ORCHID BLOOMS
Tiffany and the famous floral brooches
26 PHOTO FINISH
Art Deco bracelets
27 QUINTESSENTIALLY CARTIER
Cartier, clocks and watches
28 QUITE A FANCY DRESS!
The Devonshire Ball
29 RARE RECEIPT
Elizabeth Taylor’s love affair with jewelry
30 RETURN TO SENDER
A bird brooch flies home
31 ROYAL APPOINTMENT
HRH The Princess Margaret and Modernist jewelers
32 SEEING OLD FRIENDS
Emeralds and the French Crown Jewels
33 SUPERSTITION
Jewellery in Asia
34 TOTALLY TUTTI FRUTTI
Cartier multigem jewels
35 UNFORTUNATE FAKES
The Rothschild Renaissance jewels
36 VANITY FAIR
Jewelled cases and boxes
37 WIVES ARE PRINCESSES TOO!
Salimah Aga Khan’s collection
38 X-RAY EYES
Pearl necklaces
39 YOU’VE GOT MAIL
The Hull Grundy collection
40 ZSA ZSA & SISTER
Eva Gabor and Hollywood jewels
Epilogue: Into the twenty-first century
Diamonds and the 4 Cs
Gemstone Terms, Cuts and Settings
Metals
Jewellery Quarters
Picture credits
Index
Acknowledgements
 
Review Quotes
Daily Mail
"Hidden Gems tells the intriguing tales of the finest jewels. Written by two of Britain’s leading jewelry experts, the book explains the intricate systems for valuing different gems and stones. If you can’t afford to buy her a necklace this Christmas, then there is always this book."
Departures
"There’s always more to jewelry than their glitz, and perhaps no two people understand that better than Hue-Williams and Sancroft-Baker. In Hidden Gems, the pair of British jewelry experts tell the never-before-told stories of 40 fine jewels and the private lives behind them."
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