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Tiaras - A History of Splendour 1800-2000 by Geoffrey C. Munn. Photos of many tiaras, designed by Cartier, Faberge, Lalique, Tiffany, and others. Over 400 illustrations. Includes chapters on tiaras as crown jewels, tiaras as works of art, and the relationship between tiaras and costume balls.

Tiaras: Past and Present by Geoffrey Munn. The author, jeweler by appointment to the British monarchy, presents tiaras spanning two centuries. Designers include Cartier, Boucheron, Van Cleef, and Versace. Published to accompany an exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Timeless Tiaras: Chaumet From 1804 to the Present by Diana Scarisbrick. An exquisite selection from unknown Chaumet archives. The author traces the evolution of these tiaras from the 18th century to present, featuring the people for whom they were made and the great events at which they were worn. 220 color illustrations.

Tiara by Diana Scarisbrick. Photos of more than 75 tiaras presented with an essay about the history of tiaras. Photographs show tiaras worn by Russian princesses, British royalty, and many others. Out of print in the U.S., but sometimes available at Alibris.

European Royal Jewels

Royal Jewels: From Charlemagne to the Romanovs edited by Diana Scarisbrick, Christophe Vachaudez, and Jan Walgrave. A celebration of European jewels. Over 300 photographs.

Portrait Jewels: Opulence and Intimacy From the Medici to the Romanovs by Diana Scarisbrick. Explains what royal portrait jewels meant in people's lives -- as tokens of allegiance, romantic commitment, and family affection. 305 color and 14 black-and-white illustrations.

Hope Diamond: The Legendary History of a Cursed Gem by Richard Kurin. The 'curse' of the Hope Diamond is part of a long story that involves ancient religion and modern magic, royal power and class rivalry, revenge and greed.

Boucheron: The Secret Archives by Vincent Meylan. The House of Boucheron, one of the great Parisian jewellers, was founded by Frédéric Boucheron, who opened his first shop in 1858. This book reveals the stories behind the jewels sold to clients including Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, King Farouk of Egypt, and the Shah of Iran. Includes original design sketches, archive images and color photographs, including Tsarina Alexandra's pearl and diamond coronet and The Queen Mother's tiara.

Queens' Jewels by Vincent Meylan. Relates the grandiose history of royal adornments throughout the world, from the lost jewels of the last queen of Italy to the bloody odyssey of the Romanov crown. Available from Alibris.

British Royal Jewels

The Crown Jewels by Anna Keay. New photographs of the Crown Jewels, along with paintings and photographs of monarchs wearing the regalia.

The Queen's Diamonds by Hugh Roberts. This authorized book features more than 70 pieces of jewelry from Queen Elizabeth's diamond collection. With 300 full-color photographs.

Diamonds: A Jubilee Celebration edited by Caroline de Guitaut. A lavishly illustrated look at diamonds in the Royal Collection.

Ancient and Modern Gems and Jewels: In the Collection of Her Majesty The Queen by Kirsten Aschengreen Piacenti and John Boardman. Illustrated catalogue of 325 engraved gems and intaglios, jewels and Orders, with an account of the formation of the collection.

Colonel Blood: The Man Who Stole the Crown Jewels by David Hanrahan. Thomas Blood (1618-80) was the only person to steal the crown jewels. This book explores Blood's villainy, and depicts the means by which the crown maintained power in the early years of Charles II's reign.

Chasing the Mountain of Light by Kevin Rushby. Tells the story of the world's largest diamond, the Koh-i-Noor. Seized from Punjab by agents for Queen Victoria, it now lies in the Tower of London, where some say its curse controls the fate of the Windsor family.

The Queen's Jewels: The Personal Collection of Elizabeth II by Leslie Field. The first definitive account of the priceless jewels owned by Queen Elizabeth II, published with the full cooperation of Buckingham Palace. Heavily illustrated with photos of royals of past and present generations wearing the jewels. From Alibris.

Italian Royal Jewels

Jewellery of the House of Savoy by Maria Gabriella of Savoy and Stefano Papi. Margherita, Elena, Marie Jose: three queens and their precious jewels. Includes historic images, many of them never before published, and splendid photographs of the jewels and the original designs for them. Enlarged English edition.

Romanov Jewels

Jewels of the Tsars: The Romanovs & Imperial Russia by Prince Michael of Greece. The author, a Romanov descendant, writes with an insider's knowledge of his family's passion for jewels. Includes 18th- and 19th-century portraits and photographs of the tsars, their families, and their court.

Jewels of the Romanovs: Family & Court by Stefano Papi. Images of the Romanovs, their world, and their fabulous jewels. This new edition, published to tie in with the 400th anniversary of the Romanov dynasty, features 48 additional pages and some 60 new illustrations.

Hidden Treasures of the Romanovs: Saving the Royal Jewels by William Clarke. Biography of Albert Henry Stopford, an aristocratic English art dealer who risked his life to rescue Romanov jewels during the Russian Revolution. The gems were destined to adorn the rich and famous -- queens, duchesses and film stars. Illustrated.

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Indian Royal Jewels

Beyond Extravagance: Gems and Jewels of Royal India edited by Amin Jaffer. Written by experts and featuring original photography by Laziz Hamani, this book reveals for the first time an exceptional private collection of beautiful royal Indian jewels from the Mughal Empire to today.



On DVD

These DVDs are formatted for North American audiences.

Royal Jewels. A 2011 documentary abou the history of the British royal jewelry collection.

Ancient Mysteries - Curse of the Hope Diamond. It was said to be the favorite jewel of Marie Antoinette. Could its curse have doomed her during the French Revolution?

The Deadly Diamond. TV documentary about the Hope Diamond.

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