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 Press Ltd

312 pages | 200 color plates, 40 halftones | 8 3/4 x 10 1/2
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.
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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