For more than a century, the designs of the French jewelry house Van Cleef & Arpels have represented the marriage of an unrivalled sense of elegance with an extraordinary level of technical expertise and prowess. The comprehensive monograph Van Cleef & Arpels: The Art & Science of Gems is a glittering, gorgeous tribute to a century of luxurious, glamorous jewelry design and incomparable mastery of materials. Lavishly illustrated with meticulous photographs by Patrick Gries, the book¬ís pages are filled with sparkling chalcedony, cornelian, rubies, emeralds and coloured diamonds, beautifully set off and enhanced by the jeweler¬ís designs (at alternate moments whimsical or understated, as the materials demand). Suggesting the complexity and richness of Van Cleef & Arpels¬í output, the book is organized thematically around categories such as ¬ëAbstractions¬í, ¬ëCouture¬í, ¬ëNature¬í and ¬ëIcons¬í, and additionally features some of the legendary stones from the annals of the house¬ís history, such as the ¬ëBlue Princess¬í sapphire and the ¬ëWalska Briolette Diamond¬í brooch. Texts by art historians, personalities from the fashion world and mineralogists offer context and highlight the full extent of the jeweler¬ís art. Essential for those who love and lust after jewelry design, this eminently covetable volume celebrates the Van Cleef & Arpels style.