Carol Woolton highlights floral jewels in new book

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Illustrated volume by Vogue jewellery editor to launch in October.

Vogue magazine’s jewellery editor Carol Woolton will launch her third illustrated volume in October, this time focusing on gem-encrusted floral jewels throughout history.

Floral Jewels: From the World’s Leading Designers will follow the path of floral design, from the incarnation of Gabrielle Chanel’s much loved camellia to Christian Dior’s favoured lily of the valley, which featured in his 1954 collection.

Additionally, the book will delve into the story behind Van Cleef & Arpel’s association with the rose de noel – a flower that only blooms in winter.

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The book will showcase hundreds of examples of fine floral jewellery, divided into the four seasons and the flowers that bloom within them.

Woolton will also observe the Belle Époque styles of the 1940s and assess the bejewelled botanical pieces by master jewellers such as René Lalique and Peter Carl Fabergé.

The book’s forward has been provided by Joël Arthur Rosenthal, acknowledged as one of the world’s greatest jewellers.

Carol Woolton is also the author of Drawing Jewels for Fashion and Fashion for Jewels, both published by Prestel.

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