Since I’ve started writing about jewelry, my jewelry book collection has grown exponentially.  As such, I’d like to share those books that I have found most informative, or just incredibly fun to look at all the jewels within their pages.

Unfortunately, a few of these books are no longer in print – but, with some creative thinking, you can probably find them on eBay or at used book stores.  I found quite a few at the Strand in New York City.


General Books on Jewelry

20th century jewelers and icons of style

20th Century Jewelry & Icons of Style by Stefano Papi and Alexandra Rhodes (Thames & Hudson)

21st Century Jewellery Designers

21st Century Jewellery Designers:  An Inspired Style by Juliet Weir-de La Rochefoucauld (Antique Collectors’ Club)


7000 Years of Jewelry by Hugh Tait (Firefly Books)


Art Deco Jewelry:  Modernist Masterworks and their Makers by Evelyn Posseme (Thames & Hudson)

Artistic Luxury

Artistic Luxury:  Faberge, Tiffany, Lalique by Stephen Harrison, Emmanuel Ducamp and Jeannine Falino (Yale University Press)


Beyond Extravagance: Gems and Jewels of Royal India by Dr. Amin Jaffer (Assouline)

Celebrating Jewelry

Celebrating Jewellery:  Exceptional Jewels of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries by David Bennett and Daniela Mascetti (Antique Collectors’ Club)


The Crown Jewels by Anna Keay (Thames & Hudson)


Famous Jewelry Collectors by Stefano Papi & Alexandra Rhodes (Thames & Hudson)


Hollywood Jewels:  Movies, Jewelry, Stars by Penny Proddow, Debra Healy and Marion Fasel (Abrams)

impossible collection of jewelry

Impossible Collection of Jewelry: The 100 Most Important Jewels of the Twentieth Century by Vivienne Becker (Assouline)

the jeweled menagerie

The Jeweled Menagerie:  The World of Animals in Gems by Suzanne Tennenbaum and Janet Zapata (Thames & Hudson)

jewels a secret history

Jewels: A Secret History by Victoria Finlay (Random House Trade Paperbacks)


Jewels of the Nizams by Usha Krishnan (India Book House Ltd)


Jewels of the Romanovs:  Family & Court by Stefano Papi (Thames & Hudson)

living jewels

Living Jewels by Ruth Peltason (Vendome Press)

the master jewelers

The Master Jewelers by A. Kenneth Snowman (Thames & Hudson)

masterpieces of american jewelry

Masterpieces of American Jewelry by Judith Price (Running Press)

masterpieces of ancient jewelry

Masterpieces of Ancient Jewelry:  Exquisite Objects from the Cradle of Civilization by Judith Price (Running Press)

masterpieces of french jewelry

Masterpieces of French Jewelry by Judith Price (Running Press)


Tiaras – A History of Splendour by Geoffrey C. Munn (Antique Collectors’ Club)

Understanding Jewellery

Understanding Jewellery by David Bennett and Daniela Mascetti (Antique Collectors’ Club)


Books about Jewelers

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Suzanne Belperron by Sylvie Raulet and Olivier Baroin (Antique Collectors’ Club)


Boucheron: The Secret Archives by Vincent Meylan (Antique Collectors’ Club)


Bulgari by Amanda Triossi and Daniela Mascetti (Abbeville Press)

bulgari bulgari

Bulgari:  Bulgari-Bulgari Collection by Marion Fasel (Assouline)

bulgari serpenti

Bulgari:  Serpenti Collection by Marion Fasel (Assouline)

Cartier Hans

Cartier by Hans Nadelhoffer (Chronicle Books)

Jewelry by Chanel

Jewelry by Chanel by Patrick Mauries (Thames & Hudson)

Anna Hu

Symphony of Jewels:  Anna Hu Opus 1 by Janet Zapata, Carol Woolton and David Warren (Vendome Press)

Paul Flato

Paul Flato: Jeweler to the Stars by Elizabeth Irvine Bray (Antique Collectors’ Club)


Nardi by Nicholas Foulkes (Assouline)

Alexandre Reza

Alexandre Reza by Vivienne Becker (Assouline)

Suzanne Syz

Suzanne Syz: Art Jewels by Suzanne Syz (Assouline)


Bejewelled by Tiffany:  1837-1987 by Clare Phillips (Yale University Press)


Tiffany Style:  170 Years of Design by John Loring (Abrams)


In Praise of Hands:  The Art of Fine Jewelry at Van Cleef & Arpels by Franco Cologni (Marsilio)


Verdura:  The Life and Work of a Master Jeweler by Patricia Corbett (Abrams)


David Webb, The Quintessential American Jeweler by Ruth Peltason (Assouline)


Yard:  The Life and Magnificent Jewelry of Raymond C. Yard by Natasha Kuzmanovic (Vendome Press)


Jewelry Exhibitions

The Art of Bulgari La Dolce Vita and Beyond

The Art of Bulgari:  La Dolce Vita and Beyond by Amanda Triossi and Martin Chapman (Prestel)

The Art of Cartier

The Art of Cartier by Pierre Rainero, Guillermo Solana and Jorge Varela (Fundación Colección Thyssen-Bornemisza)

cartier and america

Cartier and America by Martin Chapman (Delmonico Books – Prestel)


Jewels by JAR by Adrian Sassoon (Metropolitan Museum of Art)

london's lost jewels

London’s Lost Jewels:  The Cheapside Hoard by Hazel Forsyth (Philip Wilson Publishers)

set in style

Set In Style:  The Jewelry of Van Cleef & Arpels by Sarah Coffin, Suzy Menkes and Ruth Peltason (Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution)


Books about Gemstones


Emerald by Jonathan Self (Thames & Hudson)

famous diamonds

Famous Diamonds by Ian Balfour (Antique Collectors’ Club)


Gemstones: Understanding, Identifying, Buying by Keith Wallis (Antique Collectors’ Club)


Pearls by Beatriz Chadour-Sampson (V&A Museum)


Tears of Mermaids:  The Secret Story of Pearls by Stephen G. Bloom (St. Martin’s Griffin)

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