A life in Jewels
Unicorn Press has just published ‘Treasure Box’, a coffee table book that is as show stopping as some of the beautiful pieces of jewellery featured in it. ‘Treasure Box’ offers a rare glimpse into a private jewellery collection that provides a unique journey tracing the lives, loves and tribulations of a family through personal and historic milestones, across Russia and the Soviet Union, for over a century. On sale for £500, it comes at no small price, yet at its launch party at the Arts Club last week the pile of books on sale was slowly but surely decreasing as experts in both the jewellery and art worlds mingled and admired the exhibited jewels. I invite Vivienne Becker, the jewellery expert most known as contributing editor to the Financial Times’s How To Spend It and author of several books on antique and twentieth century jewellery design, to take a break from all the canapés and cocktails for an informal chat about this special private collection that she chose to write about.