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Create your dream library with the latest coffee table books for jewellery lovers

There were so many beautiful jewellery books released in 2013 they could fill an entire bookshelf. We look back on a year of incredible coffee table jewels.

22 January 2014

While the holidays are over, it would be foolish not to mention all of the covetable coffee table books dedicated to jewellery that were released in 2013. Rich with history as well as jewels, there has been such a glut of these big, beautifully designed books that they could fill an entire bookshelf.

Whether it's uncovering the long and storied history of the emerald whilst gawping at more than 200 of the world's finest emerald jewels in the self-titled Thames & Hudson book or admiring the selection of impeccably curated jewels in '20th Century Jewellery Designers', compiled and written by Juliet Weir de La Rochefoucauld, I have wiled away many an hour sighing over the incredible designs captured in these impressive tomes.

By far the heaviest was 'The Impossible Collection of Jewelry' by renowned jewellery historian and expert Vivienne Becker, featuring 100 of the most important jewels of the 20th century, as selected by Becker. Bound in soft, grey fabric and presented in a case of orange silk, this gorgeous tribute to the most spectacular jewels in the world is the ultimate coffee table book for jewellery lovers.

For history buffs, the recently rereleased 'Jewels of the Romanovs' by European jewellery specialist Stefano Papi uncovers the stories behind the elaborate jewels and accessories owned by the long-reigning Russian Romanov dynasty.

Several books focussed on individual jewellers, past and present. 'David Webb: The Quintessential American Jeweler' explores the career of one of the most successful designers in the US, while 'Suzanne Syz' features page after page of mouthwatering jewels by one of the all-time great contemporary art-jewellers. 

And let's not forget 'Jewelry's Shining Stars', which gathers together 38 of the most coveted independent designers at work today, presenting their work in a format that you can dip in and out of, with quotes and personal anecdotes appearing alongside enticing pictures of jewels.

If the number of specialist publications is anything to go by, 2013 was a great year for jewellery, and we're anticipating plenty more glossy pages to pore over from the year ahead.

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