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The team here at Baroque Rocks likes to indulge itself in splendour and to be surrounded by both books and jewels.   Both tell of an oft. fascinating story and so we decided to share our finds and curate a veritable treasure trove of bejewelled literature on our very favourite topic!  Rather like a dazzling Diamond, each book has been chosen for its brilliance and scintillation and we very much hope that you enjoy our selection!


Andrew Grima - The Father of Modern Jewellery. This book illuminates the career of a man who participated in a golden age of British creativity. It contains a dazzling array of never-before-seen sketches, designs and photographs from the Grima archives and includes a sparkling preface from the doyen of jewellery experts Geoffrey Munn. 


Coveted: Art and Innovation in High Jewelry by Melanie Grant. The first comprehensive book on jewelry as an art form showcases a collection of today's most exclusive jewellers.


A fashion-forward guide to living well with crystals from the jewellery editor of British Vogue - including guidance and advice from designers, jewellers, and celebrity crystal fans.

Filled with insights, facts, and real-life stories from people who attribute dramatic personal improvements to their crystals, The New Stone Age is a fun and informative idea book for crystal lovers everywhere.

The captivating story of the family behind Cartier and the three brothers who turned their grandfather's humble Parisian jewellery store into a global luxury icon-as told by a great-granddaughter with exclusive access to long-lost family archives.
Freddie Widgeon wants the money to buy shares in a coffee plantation in Kenya so that he can marry Sally Foster. Soapy and Dolly Molloy want to get their hands on a cache of stolen jewels hidden in the house of Freddie's neighbour in the suburb of Valley Fields. When their paths cross, the ensuing misunderstandings lead to vintage Wodehouse comedy.
Mabel lives with her parents in The Mermaid Hotel, by the sea. Mabel likes to keep an eye on the comings and goings of all the guests. Then one day a particularly in-ter-est-ing old lady comes to stay. There is something very suspicious about her, with her growly voice and her heavy trunks and her beady-eyed tortoise. And why does no one know her REAL name? There can only be one answer, Mabel decides ... this guest is a SUPERVILLAIN.
When Captain Haddock meets a gipsy palm reader, he dismisses a forewarning about a beautiful lady’s stolen jewels. But when the famous opera singer Bianca Castafiore suddenly descends on Marlinspike Hall, the gipsy’s prediction seems to be all too real. Can Tintin catch the emerald thief?
Stoned: Jewelry, Obsession, and How Desire Shapes the World Studded with lively personalities and fascinating details, Stoned tells the remarkable story of our abiding desire for the rare and extraordinary.
Vogue The Jewellery

In Vogue: The Jewellery Carol Woolton has curated a collection of more than 300 fabulous images and grouped them into five thematic chapters: Show-stoppers, Rock Chick, Minimalist, Exotic and Classical.

Power of Gold

Far more than a tale of romantic myths, daring explorations, and the history of money and power struggles, The Power of Gold suggests that the true significance of this infamous element may lie in the timeless passions it continues to evoke, and what this reveals about ourselves.

Koh-i-Noor: The History of the World's Most Infamous Diamond

The first comprehensive and authoritative history of the Koh-i-Noor diamond, The Mountain of Light, arguably the most celebrated and mythologised jewel in the world.

The Royal Jewels by Suzy Menkes

The Royal Jewels, written by Suzy Menkes when she was Fashion Editor of the The Times, is dedicated to the jewels of the British Royal Family.


If These Jewels Could Talk If These Jewels Could Talk offers a glimpse into the jewellery boxes of 20th century celebrities - the personal tastes, heartfelt anecdotes and the true tales of the women who wore and collected the pieces.
Cartier in the 20th Century Specially commissioned photographs of Cartier's legendary jewels are accompanied by vintage photographs in Cartier in the 20th Century, which showcases the rich holdings of the Cartier Collection and archive.
Bulgari Treasures of Rome

A jewel is more than an arrangement of precious stones - it is a story. This is the principle on which Vincent Meylan has written Bulgari Treasures of Rome.



The Pearl Necklace In The Pearl Necklace, Assouline and Mikimoto explore the legacy of these lustrous strands through fine art and fashion in a luxurious volume that reminds us why the pearl necklace has long been the ultimate object of fascination and fantasy.
Garrard: Crown Jewellers for 150 Years

Garrard: Crown Jewellers for 150 Years highlights the overwhelming responsibility it is to be the Crown Jeweller to the British Royal Family, both serving the Queen and maintaining the Crown Jewels in the Tower of London.

War and Gold: A Five-Hundred-Year History of Empires, Adventures, and Debt War and Gold: A 500-Year History of Empires, Adventures, and Debt tells the history of money. It illustrates in rich historical detail how governments' desire for to accumulate and conquer must be funded by debt. The risk is always that the treasure may not pay back the cost of the adventure. 
Christie's: The Jewellery Archives Revealed

Christie's: The Jewellery Archives Revealed explores the auction house's most exquisite jewels to be sold over the past 250 years.

Art as Jewellery: From Calder to Kapoor By using contemporary pictures, Art as Jewellery: From Calder to Kapoor develops a chronological timeline of jewellery presentation. Its pages are home to a stunning variety of design sketches and photographs, making this book a glamorous blend of new and classic jewellery art.
Jewel: A Celebration of Earth's Treasures

Packed with spectacular photography of gemstones, celebrated jewellery and other precious objects, Jewel is a lavish look at precious stones, precious metals, and organic gems such as amber and pearl.

The Cartier Collection: Jewellery

The Cartier Collection: JewelryThis lavish two-volume slipcased work is a publishing event for the quality of its design, full-size reproductions, extensive documentation, and illustrated chronology and index.

Cartier: The Story Behind the Style by Rachael Taylor Cartier The Story Behind The Style by Rachael Taylor
 A beautifully illustrated, handbag-sized visual history of one of the world's most iconic brands. From the brand's inception in Paris in 1847, Cartier has been the go-to jeweller for the world's most stylish set. Filled with photographs and information from the company's 175 years, go behind the scenes to discover the story of how Cartier became synonymous with luxury.
Tiffany & Co. The Story Behind The Style  By Rachael Taylor

Tiffany & Co. The Story Behind The Style by Rachael Taylor. Open the world's most famous little blue box to discover the story of Tiffany & Co. since its founding in 1837. Packed with photographs and information from the company's 185 years, get a glimpse of the legendary designs that have made Tiffany & Co. a household name.

Simply Brilliant: Artist – Jewelers of the 1960s and 1970s by Cynthia Amneus

Simply Brilliant: Artist – Jewelers of the 1960s and 1970s by Cynthia Amneus

I Fear For This Boy by Theo Fennell

I Fear For This Boy by Theo Fennell

Modern British Jewellery Designers 1960-1980  A Collector’s Guide by Mary Ann Wingfield

Modern British Jewellery Designers 1960-1980 
A Collector’s Guide by Mary Ann Wingfield


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