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An ambitious and richly illustrated survey of one of the world's most valuable gems
Ruby is a fascinating exploration of this gemstone, taking the reader on a journey from the ancient mines of Burma, along the rugged terrain of China's silk trade routes, to the European courts and palaces where rubies were sourced and purchased. from intrepid gemstone dealers to adorn royalty, dignitaries and the social elite. T
its flagship picture book will showcase over sixty significant, notable and world famous rubies, ruby jewelry and ruby artifacts, including many previously unpublished pieces from private and royal collections. Author Joanna Hardy has exclusive access to all the modern and iconic jewelers, including Cartier, Boucheron, Van Cleef & Arpels, Chaumet, Harry Winston, Graff, and many more. From emperors and empresses, kings and queens, maharanis and Hollywood royalty, tales of love, passion and romance are here alongside the historical and social context that reveals why rubies are so revered. In addition, Ruby reviews the world's various ruby deposits and offers practical guidance on what to look for in a quality ruby.
Direct cover, 26 x 35 cm, 368 pages.