Synopses & Reviews
Inspired by Chinese art and lore, Western art and music, and the natural world, Anna Huand#8217;s one-of-a-kind pieces have catapulted her to the top of the jewelry firmament in a few short years. This volume celebrates the completion of her first 100 works, or and#8220;Opus 1,and#8221; as she calls the collection. Exploring the relationship between her jewelry and fashion as well as the remarkable gems that inspired her work, this large-format book focuses on the pieces themselves, exquisitely photographed by master jewelry photographer David Behl. Some are as intricate as Chinese embroidery, others as ethereal as butterflies, and still others are jeweled reinterpretations of timeless works of music and art, from Beethovenand#8217;s Moonlight Sonata and Pucciniand#8217;s Turandot
to Monetand#8217;s Water Lilies
Praise for Symphony of Jewels:
"This book details [Hu's] first 99 worksand#8212;many inspired by classical piecesand#8212;in exquisite detail." and#8212;Cleveland Plain Dealer
This sumptuously illustrated book surveys the exquisite range of costume jewelry produced by haute couture fashion houses, a subject until now overlooked by historians and fashion cognoscenti alike. The term “costume jewelry” was coined in the twentieth century for the use of non-precious metals and jewels for human adornment. This book showcases the extraordinary diversity and exceptional craftsmanship of this jewelry in hundreds of beautifully reproduced pieces from such fashion houses as Chanel, Balenciaga, Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Lanvin, Schiaparelli, and Givenchy.
“A time capsule of creativity.” ~ Dallas Morning News
About the Author
Janet Zapata is a renowned historian of decorative arts and jewelry. Carol Woolton is jewelry editor of British Vogue. David Warren has headed Christieand#8217;s jewelry department since 1995. David Behl is one of the worldand#8217;s leading photographers of fine jewels. His many books include The Art of Zadora, Seaman Schepps, and Yard.