There’s a wealth of knowledge about jewelry out there in the world and here’s where to find it! Expect fascinating facts, tantalizing tales, and utterly breathtaking pictures. Click the title link to go to each jewelry book’s full review.
Sevan Bicakci by Vivienne Becker.
This book is: a gorgeously-illustrated look at the life, inspiration, and work of Turkish master jeweler Sevan Bicakci.
Other elements: the culture of art and artistry in Turkey, incredible jewelry.
Read it: if you love jewelry, art, beautiful things, the Ottoman aesthetic, or just enjoy gorgeous images.
Brilliance and Fire: A Biography of Diamonds by Rachelle Bergstein.
This book is: a history of our love affair with diamonds.
Other elements: diamond mining, famous stones, jewelry history.
Read it: if you want to know WHY you’ve heard that a diamond is forever.
If These Jewels Could Talk: The Legends Behind Celebrity Gems, by Beth Bernstein.
This book is: a fascinating look into the relationship between the silver screen, fabulous jewels, and the celebrities who love them both.
Other elements: film trivia, classic Hollywood.
Read it: if you love movies, jewelry in movies and on movie stars, film history, glamour, and/or incredible jewelry.
My Charmed Life By Beth Bernstein.
This book is: a memoir about a strong woman and her jewelry.
Other elements: airplanes, divorce, family dynamics, marriage, jewelry, being a woman.
Read it: if you love (or even like) jewelry and stories about inspirational women.
The Cartiers by Francesca Cartier Brickell.
This book is: a deep dive into the history of the Cartier family, written by one of their own.
Other elements: jewelry, Paris, Cartier, New York, famous jewels.
Read it: if you have any interest in Cartier at all.
Gem: The Definitive Visual Guide.
This book is: a vividly illustrated, accessibly written powerhouse of gemological knowledge.
Other elements: Created in collaboration with the Smithsonian and with a foreword by Aja Raden, New York Times-bestselling author of Stoned.
Read it: if you have even a passing interest in the prettiest of rocks.
The Imperfects by Amy Meyerson.
This book is: a jewelry-centered novel! A fictional family drama, historical romance, and jewelry adventure rolled into one.
Other elements: the love of a difficult family, relationships over time, family history, the Florentine diamond.
Read it: if you love beautifully-woven interpersonal relationships, layered family stories, or jewelry.