Spectacular: Gems and Jewelry from the Merriweather Post Collection by Liana Paredes is the exhibit book for the Spectacular Gems and Jewelry exhibit that took place at Hillwood Mansion and Museum a number of years ago. Hillwood is one of my favorite museums. Before the pandemic I used to visit all the time.
This book does not disappoint. The photographs are simply stunning. While not a royal jewelry book, it does cover important jewels with a Napoleonic connection.
For in-depth reading, there are also several well-researched articles written by the Museum’s curators tracing the history of important jewels.
Some of the items covered in the book are:
The Yusupov Diamond Earrings (I’ll be writing more about the earrings soon)
The Blue Heart Diamond
The Marie Louise Diadem (I’ll definitely be writing about this tiara soon)
The Marie Louise Diamond Necklace
All in all, it’s a lovely little jewel history book that has enough substantial information to keep you enthralled for hours.
Luckily, it’s not overpriced and can be purchased used for a decent price.
I’ll be back tomorrow with another book recommendation, but please feel free to let me know if you have any royal jewelry book recommendations!