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Saturday, 10 November 2012

BOOK REVIEW: Celebrating Jewellery




"This book is an unashamed indulgence for us both, and we make no apologies for it."
David Bennet and Daniela Mascetti


I have been counting down weeks to the publishing of this book ever since I first read about it. I finally got it and the beautiful package has remained unopened in my writing room until precisely thirty minutes ago, when I had a whole Saturday morning ahead of me, in rainy London, to devote to my favourite hobby. First, I have to say that "Understanding Jewellery", the previous work by the two authors, is one of my reference books, I keep on coming back to. And second, I am probably the worst target audience for a book written by two famous Sotheby's auctioneers since I hardly miss any important jewellery auction. 

Beautifully edited and with extraordinary quality pictures, everything in this book speaks of luxury, even the fact that it leaves every other page blank, so that when it is opened one can focus on the picture of one single piece at a time. It is the perfect coffee table photography book for a jewellery collector or connoisseur. 

My disappointment comes from my own mistake; I was expecting tons of anecdotes and stories and information to read for hours and the book is not intended to do so. There are just a few lines in each section to introduce the selections of photographs, which are magnificent. Truly and indulgence!.