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Fawaz Gruosi, the inspired visionary behind Swiss jeweller de Grisogono, instinctively understands his craft. His dynamic creativity and nonconformist approach have been rejuvenating the conventions of jewelry since the brand was established in 1993 with a boutique on Geneva's rue du Rhone, where he eschewed the minimalism characteristic of the decade in favor of rich, sensual, ornate pieces. De Grisogono's first creation was a bespoke pair of pearl and diamond earrings for the Begum Salima Aga Khan, who epitomized the luxury and exclusivity that would come to define the jeweller. Since then, influential women such as Sophia Loren, Duchess Camilla of Cornwall, and Sharon Stone have donned Gruosi's glittering designs, which explore black and white diamonds, uniquely colored stones, and innovative yet classic form. But de Grisogono is about so much more: its opulent mix of Florentine and Byzantine influences, its striking gem combinations, and Gruosi's unsurpassed handcraftsmanship make it singular in the jewellery world, as the arresting images in this luxury volume attest. AUTHOR: Jewellery historian Vivienne Becker is an award-winning journalist and author of many books on the history of jewelry design. Based in London, Becker is a contributing editor to Financial Times's How to Spend It magazine, writes for newspapers and magazines around the world, and lectures and broadcasts on her subject. She organised and wrote the catalog for the first major exhibition of the jewellery of Rene Lalique, and curated Jewels of Fantasy, a traveling exhibition of twentieth-century costume jewellery. Becker's previous books with Assouline include The Impossible Collection of Jewelry (2012), Sevan Bicakci (2014), Cartier Panthere (2015), Messika (2015), and Chaumet: The Art of the Tiara (2016). A curious and eclectic dreamer, self-taught photographer Laziz Hamani is constantly evolving and challenging himself. Of Berber ancestry, Hamani was born and lives in Paris. Passionate about creating beautiful images, his life is defined by a constant search for aesthetics and meaning. He has worked with many prestigious luxury brands, and he has collaborated with Assouline Publishing on more than twenty titles. From the finest details of high jewelry to the purity of minimalist design, Hamani aims to bring the viewer into dialogue with the image, to evoke power and beauty through his unique simplicity. 170 illustrations

 

Details

ISBN: 9781614285847
Audience: General
Format: Hardback
Number of Pages: 256
Publication Date: 17 Aug 2017
Publisher: Assouline
Publication City, Country: United States
Dimensions (cm): 35.6(H) x 28(L) x 2.2(W)

 

Author Biography

Jewelry historian Vivienne Becker is an award-winning journalist and author of many books on the history of jewelry design. Based in London, Becker is a contributing editor to Financial Times's How to Spend It magazine, writes for newspapers and magazines around the world, and lectures and broadcasts on her subject. She organized and wrote the catalog for the first major exhibition of the jewelry of Rene Lalique, and curated Jewels of Fantasy, a traveling exhibition of twentieth-century costume jewelry. Becker's previous books with Assouline include The Impossible Collection of Jewelry (2012), Sevan Bicakci (2014), Cartier Panthere (2015), Messika (2015), and Chaumet: The Art of the Tiara (2016).

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