Joanna Hardy was joined by guests to talk about her new book: ‘Sapphire: A Celebration of Colour’ at Goldsmiths’ Fair.
Joanna introduced the sapphire as a powerful, mystical stone with great medicinal, cultural and talismanic power. The journey takes us from the early trade along the Silk Route and the creation of medieval talismans, to the jewellery collections of the great royal houses of Europe and the finest designers at work today. Along the way, guests learned more about the geology and world economy of the sapphire from Joanna’s first hand trips to artisan mines.
The sapphire in modern culture was also showcased through spectacular jewels worn by many notable figures, including Elizabeth Taylor, Queen Elizabeth II and the Duchess of Windsor, as well as pieces by such iconic jewellery houses as Cartier, Bulgari, Van Cleef & Arpels, Chaumet and Tiffany. The book also contains exclusive insight into six major private collections, including previously unpublished pieces.
Sapphire is the third and final instalment in Thames & Hudson’s show stopping series on coloured gemstones, created by Violette Editions. A feast for all the senses, the book features page after page of exquisite sapphire jewels and artefacts from the 4th century BC to the present day, interspersed with text exploring the history of this beautiful gemstone and its enduring popularity with style icons, past and present.
For more information and to purchase, head to the Thames & Hudson shop