Hardback, 120 pages, 20cm x 20cm (7.9" x 7.9"), over 100 illustrations
Published to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, this accessible history explores the royal use of diamonds, from personal jewellery and official regalia to precious boxes and ceremonial swords. It examines the special qualities of diamonds and their roles in the lives of British kings and queens throughout the centuries. Twenty-one items of the highest craftsmanship are depicted in over 100 full colour illustrations, including newly-commissioned photography showing the exquisite detail of each piece. The book also features the famous Cullinan Diamond, the largest ever found, as well as a glossary and diagram of diamond cuts. A lavishly illustrated publication providing an introduction to a magnificent royal inheritance.
Caroline de Guitaut is Curator of Decorative Arts at The Royal Collection and has published widely on the collection, most recently in Royal Fabergé (2011).