Coveted: Art and Innovation in High Jewellery by Melanie Grant

A rather special book is due to be published next month by Phaidon, their first about jewellery since 1949, written by Melanie Grant, journalist and Luxury Editor of The Economist’s sister publication 1843. You may have seen her excellent selections from this year’s Fair but her new glorious 208-page hardback book takes jewellery selections to a new level.

Coveted: Art and Innovation in High Jewellery is a celebratory survey of the most innovative creations in jewellery design, selecting pieces and designers that best portray the cultural, political and social meaning behind this pioneering artform, that Melanie describes as: “Inherently human… and utterly spellbinding, tied to the ongoing evolution of humanity in complex and glorious ways.”

The book offers readers a glimpse into a rarefied world of one-of-a-kind and limited edition pieces and designers, discussing their conceptual approach, materials, quality of design and workmanship, revealing what makes these creations not only coveted objects of exceptional value but also works of art.

Coveted: Art and Innovation in High Jewelry, Melanie Grant, Phaidon; The Female Age: Rebels, Goddesses, and Alter Egos, text by Melanie Grant (left), HStern, Feathers Bracelet, 2004 (pages 180-181)

The book is separated into 5 thematic chapters covering key approaches and the most relevant issues for contemporary high jewellery, including Modernism; the cultural exchange between East and West and its effect on design; the evolution and meaning of innovative materials; the natural world as inspiration and the growing empowerment of women, both as designers and consumers.

Jewellery has a relevance and meaning to us all and Coveted presents a dazzling introduction into its glittering history and increasing relevance in the art world, packaged in an incredible luxury pearlescent paper cover with foil-stamping. It is a stunning and comprehensive survey of jewellery as an art form, and the perfect gift for any visitor of Goldsmiths’ Fair.