Item description for Queens' Jewels by Vincent Meylan...
Queens' Jewels is the result of a ten-year quest into the highly secretive realm of the collections of royal families throughout the world. The author has discovered the most precious jewels in existence - symbols of power and love - traces of a lost world. This lavish book relates the grandiose history of royal adornments, from the lost jewels of the last queen of Italy and the bloody odyssey of the Romanov crown to the story of the sapphire of the Countess of Paris and the treasure of the Catholic queens of Spain.
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VINCENT MEYLAN is a journalist and royalty connoisseur who has studied the lives of monarchs for the past fifteen years. A feature writer at Point de Vue in Paris. Meylan is also a regular contributor to Estampille and Gazette de L'Hotel Drouet. He has written more than a hundred articles on jewelry and royal families, and is the author of two royal biographies, one on Queen Elizabeth II and one on Empress Farah of Iran.
Reviews - What do customers think about Queens' Jewels?
As Luxurious As The Subject Jun 29, 2006
This magnificent book is so finely put together. The information is fascinating and the extraordinary photos are printed with such high quality. The author has created a work of art in itself.
Reader from the south-east US Feb 12, 2004
Hi I'd be interested to know which typos, grammar errors and careless proofreading you found in Queens' Jewels.
Too many flaws in the text Jan 1, 2004
A feast for the eyes, of course, but so many typos, grammatical errors, and careless proofreading should never be permitted by any publisher, much less one with such a distinguished subject. Were there no editors?
INTERESTING! GOOD EFFORT, BUT WITH SOME FLAWS. Feb 28, 2003
This Vincent Meylan's "Queens' Jewels" makes an interesting read. It did a good job on the English aristocracy/monarchy. The same applied to the French, the Scandinavian, and the Russian overlords. Its chapters were well-grouped and well-sectioned: thus making it easy for readers to select whatever interests them with great ease. Sadly, little effort was made as to improve the quality of the included photographs. Also, some of the information which Mr. Meylan presented were flawed. And, the details of some royal treasures, (particularly those of Italy, Austro-Hungary, Netherlands, Spain, and Portugal) were scanty. Overall, this is a good book (if one ignores its pardonable errors and omissions).
GREAT DISAPPOINTMENT Jan 25, 2003
The paper used to print this book is of better quality thant the text. The "research" Mr. Meylan has made, at least in the case of Spain, is simply inaccurate. On the other hand the book doesn't make any reference to such important treasures as those of the Dutch and Portuguese Queens. Finally, the quality of the photos is poor in many cases.