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Melanie Grant is the curator of Sotheby’s Brilliant & Black: A Jewelry Renaissance, and she has become a leading voice in the high jewelry movement. With the release of Coveted: Art and Innovation in High Jewelry, she has written a groundbreaking work on the evolution of jewelry from adornment to serious art form.
A writer, stylist and art director who currently works at The Economist, Melanie spent three years compiling her book, covering over 75 profiles of prominent contemporary designers. In Coveted, she focuses on standout pieces, discussing their conceptual and economic importance, the artists’ use of innovative materials and technique and their connection to the wider cultural landscape. Shot in full-color photography, the book is arranged in chapters devoted to Modernism, the dynamics between Eastern and Western cultures, big diamonds, Naturalism and Feminism. Dubbed the “thinking woman’s” jewelry book, Coveted ultimately examines shifts in global power through the world’s most desirable jewelry. Melanie sits on the boards of New York Jewelry Week and The Black in Jewelry Coalition, and she recently won the category of Media Excellence at the GEM Awards, voted for by the Jewelers of America.
This luxurious book is the first comprehensive survey of jewelry as an art form, showcasing the dazzling work of a diverse collection of today's most exclusive jewelers.