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Joanna Hardy traces the sapphire’s history from antiquity to today in captivating stories told in a succinct exhilarating style. Along the way, she celebrates exquisite jewels worn by many notable figures, including Elizabeth Taylor, Queen Elizabeth II and the Duchess of Windsor, as well as pieces by such iconic jewellery houses as Bulgari, Cartier, Chaumet, Tiffany and Van Cleef & Arpels. The book also features a rich selection of work by 21st-century creators at the vanguard of jewellery design, such as Lauren Adriana, Bina Goenka, Hemmerle, Shaun Leane and Mish. An exclusive insight into six major private collections includes many previously unpublished pieces. A feast for the senses, Sapphire is a beautiful addition to any gem-lover’s library.