Tag Archives: Emeralds

Tbilisi: Museum of Fine Arts, Treasury

The exquisite 12th century cross of Queen Tamara: front and back views

Back in the 6th century BC, when Anglo-Saxons were working in iron and bronze, Georgians were making the most extraordinary jewellery in gold. If you’re in Tbilisi you must, must, must see the superlative results of their labours.

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A riotous romp with rocks

Stoned by Aja Raden


This distinctive book makes for a fascinating read. In a heady mix of history, psychology and insider knowledge of the jewellery trade, Raden sets out “to understand history through the lens of desire”. The result is a collection of  jewellery-related historical vignettes loosely strung together along a psychological thread: why humans want, why they take and why they possess. Read more…

Journey to the centre of the Earth

Jewels: a secret history by Victoria Finlay

Are you ready for a journey to the centre of the earth? Spanning five continents and millions of years, Victoria Finlay traces the history of eight precious stones in a well written book that combines scholarship with journalistic reportage. Read more…