“With This Ring — The Ultimate Guide to Wedding Jewelry” (Bulfinch Press)
Authors: Penny Proddow and Marion Fasel
Between the Lines: Proddow and Fasel, who also cover the fine jewelry and watch beat for In Style, examine the history of engagement and wedding rings from Jewish wedding bands to diamond engagement rings and Tiffany settings. The duo also chronicle bridal jewels worn by everyone from the Duchess of Windsor to Gwen Stefani and David and Victoria Beckham — with informative tidbits that are lively and easy to read.
“We wanted to make it fun and ease the stress level,” Fasel said.
Proddow added, “It’s informative and demystifies some of the perils of understanding and buying diamonds.”
After all, even princes get it wrong: The book tells the story of Prince Rainier III of Monaco, who proposed to Grace Kelly with a Cartier ruby and diamond eternity band. When visiting her in Los Angeles shortly thereafter, he realized the fashion there was huge diamond rings. To avoid potential cattiness, he immediately cabled Cartier in Paris and replaced the ring with a 12-carat emerald-cut diamond.
Shining Moment: A ring glossary in the back of the book explaining everything from bezel to prong setting and V-Tip.
Wish List: Every man planning to propose in the New Year and every woman hoping to accept.
Price and Availability: $24.95 at Amazon.com.“Shinde Jewels” (Assouline)
Author: Reema Keswani
Between the Lines: Considered one of the most influential jewelry designers of the last century, Ambaji Venkateshwara Shinde created dazzling gems for the Maharajas of India before starting work for Harry Winston in the Sixties, where he stayed until his retirement in 2000.
Known for his unique eye and almost painterly understanding of color compositions, Shinde’s jewels are considered works of art, often incorporating the rich textures of India into the designs. At Winston, he created spectacular jewels for the likes of Imelda Marcos, Sharon Stone and Madonna. He also designed Gwyneth Paltrow’s fringed diamond choker worn the night she won the Oscar for “Shakespeare in Love.”The book chronicles Shinde’s career with sketches of opulent jewelry designs and photos of the original pieces.
Shining Moment: The page showing Shinde’s artful watercolor painting of his favorite designs streaming out of Harry Winston’s Fifth Avenue salon.
Wish List: Jewelry historians and gold fanatics.
Price and Availability: $18.95 at Rizzoli in New York.“Greetings from Andy (Warhol): Christmas at Tiffany’s” (Abrams)
Author: John Loring
Between the Lines: Before he immortalized a Campbell’s soup can, Warhol dabbled in window design and won awards drawing footwear ads. He also spent seven years illustrating Christmas cards for Tiffany & Co., 55 of which are featured in this new book.
Tiffany design director Loring paired Warhol’s magical pictures with his non sequiturs pulled from “The Andy Warhol Diaries.”
The iconic artist was introduced to the fine jewelry house by Gene Moore, a visual display guru who dressed Tiffany’s windows at the time. Warhol’s first holiday illustration, “Butterfly Tree,” appeared in Tiffany’s catalogue in 1956. Images of shoes filled with holly and ornaments, stars made of fruit and birds, and a merry band of cherubs followed.
Pearl of Wisdom: “He didn’t give her the pillows she wanted for Christmas, he just gave her a TV for the bathroom. And no jewelry.” The Andy Warhol Diaries, Dec. 25, 1980.
Wish List: Warhol aficionados and those looking for an affordable way to fill that little blue box.
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@imanshumpert is diving deeper into his creative endeavors and relaunching his clothing line, Post 90s, and is helping to raise money for the hurricane victims in St. Maarten with a jersey he’s designed with his brother. The Cleveland Cavaliers player talked to WWD about kneeling during the national anthem, working with fashion brands and how he wants to be more than an @nba player. Read the interview on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
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@louisvuitton tapped @therealpeterlindbergh for its latest city-centric photo book, which is part of a series called Fashion Eye. The primarily black and white book captures the spirit of Berlin in 57 images shot between 1989 and 2019. “Berlin is an inspiration for me, more than a city. I mean @millajovovich is simply Berlin!” said Lindbergh. #wwdfashion
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For pre-fall 2018, @etro created richly-colored wonderland, using tapestries, textiles and wallpapers from the Eastern world at large. The line featured floral and graphic prints and jacquard motifs, like this two-piece look featured here. #wwdfashion (📷: Giovanna Pavesi)
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)