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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Vivienne Becker

I was delighted to see

three spectacular new limited edition volumes 
by Vivienne Becker for Assouline.


Alexandre Reza 
For five decades  Alexandre Reza has been a gemologist 
and master jeweler on the Place Vendôme in Paris.


Sevan Bicakci Is a Turkish master jeweler with a distinctive style.

VIVIENNE BECKER is a superb writer, jewelry historian, and curator.

She is the writer I most admire working the in the field of jewelry today.
Her knowledge is profound, and her writing is absolutely wonderful. Although her background is journalism she transcended that years ago. 
Her writing is never mere reportage whether in journals or books. To own any of Vivienne’s many books is to own a treasure trove of unique and original insight and information. She is always a delight to read. 


My favourite book in this group  is The Impossible Collection of Jewelry.
I consider it an exquisitely curated selection for the ultimate jewelry box.

Vivienne places the jewels in their original context and explains why they are timeless treasures sought after by connoisseurs today.  Who better to select and write about these benchmarks of jewelry history?  Her choices are outstanding. Her words are alluring, the photography is exquisite.


This book features some of the best jewels of the last one hundred + years.

From the Wiener Werkstätte and the Tiffany Studios,  Art Deco masterpieces by Cartier, and mid century designs by Verdura for Chanel, exquisite creations Van Cleef & Arpels, and Graff, and the ultimate jeweler living today, JAR in Paris.  


All of these exquisite volumes are limited editions and are
hand-bound, featuring hand-tipped images.  They are presented in a linen clamshell cases.
For bibliophiles and jewelry connoisseurs alike these books are
very well appointed.

For more information Here







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