Jewelry Books Worth a Read

From emeralds to pearls and necklaces to rings, jewelry has been an integral part of humanity for millennia. It’s no wonder that these beautiful baubles would find their way into works of literature. Below are some of the most popular jewelry books that celebrate all things bling, including some of the world’s most famous jewels. So, adorn yourself with your favorite pieces, relax, and enjoy a good read.


Jewel: A Celebration of Earth’s Treasures

Its beautiful black velvet front cover opens you up to a world of the most dazzling jewels, gemstones, precious and semi-precious gems, and minerals. The book is full of stunning pictures of celebrated jewellery, gemstones, and other precious objects. With this book, immerse yourself in the incredible stories that surround these famous, notorious, and most-celebrated gems. Full of spectacular photographs, interesting real-life stories, and intriguing historic jewels, ‘Jewel: A Celebration of Earth’s Treasures’ by Dorling Kindersley is an absolute must-read.

Jewels & Jewellery

One of the top jewelry books of all time, Jewels & Jewellery is written by Clare Phillips, an author, historian, and V&A Museum curator. The book was first published in 2000 and has gone through several reprints. The book examines splendid pieces of jewellery from the early medieval period to the Renaissance period and to twenty-first century designs. Jewels & Jewellery also features exceptional photographs from the Victoria & Albert Museum’s unmatched collection. With an impeccable amount of research put into it, this book gives you an insight into the evolution of jewelry through different eras.

Celebrating Jewellery: Exceptional Jewels of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

Penned by David Bennet and Daniela Masceti, Celebrating Jewellery is one of the must-reads when it comes to jewellery books. The book is a compilation of the most celebrated jewels of the last 200 years of western history.Right from the tiaras of the Victorian era to the designs of the late 20th century, the book features some of the most iconic jewellery houses such as Cartier and Bulgari.If you are a jewellery buff, you need to pick this book up.

Fine Jewellery Couture: Contemporary Heirlooms

This book by Olivier Dupon features over 35 master jewellery designers from around the world. The book also features sketches alongside the photographs of the jewels. The author and design expert Olivier Dupon has a keen eye and creative flair, and this book is a testimony of that. In his book, each designer is introduced briefly and then hundreds of images of his art follow. Whether you are a jewelry professional or an aficionado, you must read this book.

Tiaras: A History on Splendour

This lavishly illustrated book is penned by Geoffery C. Munn and gives a deep insight into the world of tiaras. Right from how the word ‘tiara’ originated to its transformation from the ancient days to its modern-day status, you can read everything related to tiaras in this book. The book also features an array of photographs of royal tiaras of the French and Russian Imperial provenances, creations of some of the most iconic designers including Cartier, Castellini, Tiffany, and more.

Diamond Jewellery: 700 Years of Glory and Glamour

The book talks about the glorious history of the highly celebrated precious stone known as ‘diamond’ through the stories of the European rulers. This book by Diana Scarisbrick is one of the best jewellery books, especially if you are a diamond enthusiast. Right from the mid-fourteenth century to the present day, ‘Diamond Jewellery’ explores the powerful people who commissioned and wore extraordinary pieces of diamond jewellery. Exclusive paintings and photographs highlight the diamond jewellery worn by prominent figures such as Queen Elizabeth I of Great Britain and icons such as Elizabeth Taylor.

Spectacular: Gems and Jewellery from the Merriweather Post Collection

This book by Liana Paredes gives a glimpse into one of the most remarkable collections of jewelry. ‘Spectacular’ will immerse you into the history and design of jewelry and keep you hooked throughout. The book features exquisite pieces by Cartier, Van Cleef, and Arpels, contemporary commissions from Harry Winston, and so much more. One of the must-read jewellery books, it talks about the changing jewelry styles and developments in America as well as Europe.


A book by Rachel Church, ‘Rings’ is an engaging book on the evolution of ring designs right from the Middle Ages to today. This beautifully illustrated book talks about everything related to the most-worn accessory – rings. There are over 200 illustrations in the book from period paintings and sketches to photographs.

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