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Van Cleef and Arpels: Treasures and Legends (Hardcover)
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- Vincent Meylan explores a century in the history of one of the most prestigious Parisian jewelry dynasties - From Empress Farah and the secrets of the treasure of Iran, to Queen Marie Am lie's missing emeralds, this book is like embarking upon a fascinating treasure hunt - Full of extravagant fairytales and fascinating behind-the-scenes revelations From Empress Farah and the secrets of the treasure of Iran, to Queen Marie Am lie's missing emeralds, via Fant mas and the blood-red rubies of the kings of Burma, entering the world of Van Cleef & Arpels is like embarking upon a fascinating treasure hunt. In this book, Vincent Meylan explores a century in the history of one of the most prestigious Parisian jewelry dynasties. He opens doors and unlocks caskets to reveal the mysterious, and sometimes fantastic, stories of its clients and the fabulous and exceptional stones that they entrusted to the "golden hands" of Van Cleef & Arpels. The Maharani of Baroda, the Duchess of Windsor, Princess Lilian of Belgium, Elizabeth Taylor, Marlene Dietrich, Princess Grace of Monaco, Maria Callas, Barbara Hutton and the Countess of Camargo: they are all the heroines of this incredible epic full of rubies, diamonds, emeralds, and sapphires. Van Cleef & Arpels: Treasures and Legends is full of extravagant fairytales and fascinating behind-the-scenes revelations. It also tells the sometimes troubled story of a dynasty of jewelers, of gifted men and women who have, for over a century, helped to shape that inimitably Parisian art de vivre that is the envy of the world.
About the Author
Vincent Meylan is responsible for the history and royalty pages in Point de Vue. He is also a specialist in precious stones and in 'haute joaillerie'. He is the author of several biographies, Queens' Jewels and Boucheron: The Secret Archives.