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5 New Jewelry Coffee Table Books to Give Your Clients, Friends, or Self


The fall season always ushers in a fresh crop of coffee table tomes to read, skim, or display on an artfully arranged shelf. Rizzoli has forged a reputation as a leader in the space, with a catalog of prestige titles in the fashion, interior design, culinary, art, architecture, photography, and, now, jewelry categories.

We’ve cherry-picked four of the publisher’s most promising new jewelry titles below, along with one by French publisher Flammarion, whose English language titles are distributed by Rizzoli International. Happy reading!

The Art of David Webb: Jewelry and Culture by Ruth Peltason

David Webb Rizzoli

An unapologetic maximalist, David Webb was a self-taught jeweler who rose to midcentury prominence among New York City’s high society with his bold, gem-set designs, many depicting animals. The Art of David Webb chronicles his dedication to artistry over seven decades, with more than 120 images of his work—such as an enameled and diamond Mondrian bracelet (an homage to painter Piet Mondrian) and a gemstone-studded dragon brooch inspired by a Scythian animal pommel. $85, Rizzoli

Francesca Amfitheatrof: Fantastical Jewels by Stefania Amfitheatrof

Francesca Amfitheatrof cover Rizzoli

If you admired Deep Time, Francesca Amfitheatrof’s fifth high jewelry collection for Louis Vuitton, introduced in July during Paris Couture week, you’ll love Fantastical Jewels, a celebration of her work at the fashion house, where she has served as artistic director of jewelry and watches since 2018.

Written by her sister Stefania, the book—due out Sept. 19—details Amfitheatrof’s personal journey (including stints at Chanel, Marni, and Tiffany & Co., where she was the blue box jeweler’s first-ever female design director, from 2014 to 2018) and provides a glimpse of her design process, as documented by sketches, gouaches, collages, and personal photographs. $115; Rizzoli

Pharrell: Carbon, Pressure & Time: A Book of Jewels by Pharrell Williams with contributions by NIGO and Tyler, the Creator

Pharrell Carbon Pressure Time cover
Photo credit: Erik lan

Rapper, songwriter, music producer, and—as of this year—Louis Vuitton men’s creative director Pharrell Williams explores the intersection of hip-hop culture, fashion, and diamonds through the lens of his personal jewelry collection in this dazzling ode to the power of bling. The book, to be published Sept. 26, comes in two different-colored covers. Customers will be shipped either of the colors at random. $65; Rizzoli

Cartier Design: A Living Legacy by Ana Elena Mallet with contributions from Michel Aliaga, Eugenio López Alonso, Pierre Rainero, Cyrille Vigneron

Cover Cartier A Living Legacy

Ana Elena Mallet, curator of the recent exhibition “Cartier Design: A Living Legacy” at Mexico City’s Museo Jumex, worked with a team of Cartier experts—including chief executive Cyrille Vigneron—to assemble this volume featuring nearly 180 pieces central to the French jeweler’s design heritage. Structured according to five themes—Early Days and the Birth of a Style; Universal Curiosity; Jeanne Toussaint’s Taste; Wearing Beauty and Measuring Time; and María Félix and Icons of Elegance—the book, which is expected out on Sept. 26, conveys an essential jewelry history through sumptuous imagery. $65, Rizzoli

A Dictionary of Wonders: Van Cleef & Arpels by Fabienne Reybaud

Van Cleef Arpels book

This A-to-Z lexicon, due to be published on Nov. 28, delves into the themes that have long fascinated Van Cleef & Arpels, the famed Parisian maison known for its high style, precision watchmaking, and innovative jewelry-making techniques (the Mystery setting, for starters). $85, Rizzoli

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By: Victoria Gomelsky

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