Product Details

Editor Assouline
Release February 2023
Language English
Number of pages 252
Size W 28 x L 35.2 x D 4.5 cm
Cover Silk hardcover in silk slipcase
Weight 3.6 kg

Boasting over 150 years of creativity and gemological expertise, the Boghossian story begins in 1868 on the Silk Route, a crossroads where merchants and artisans converged. Over the generations, the Boghossian family traveled from East to West, handing down an innate eye for exceptional gemstones and a flair for craftsmanship along with a wealth of artistic and cultural inspirations. Now based in Geneva and helmed by the fifth and sixth generations, Boghossian has evolved into one of the world’s master jewelers, whose one-of-a-kind pieces regularly achieve world-record sales at auction. 

Drawing on its heritage of gem knowledge and savoir faire, the Boghossian family has reimagined ancient techniques and developed new ones, such as Inlay, Kissing, Merveilles and Diaphane. Today, creative director Edmond Chin, a visionary artist known for his avant-garde creations, works alongside the Boghossian family to push the artistic and technical boundaries of high jewelry design. Together, they mine the maison’s rich history to create one-of-a-kind pieces that spotlight the singular beauty of nature’s rarest gemstones. 

Featuring eloquent text by respected jewelry historian Vivienne Becker, this richly illustrated volume expresses the Boghossian family’s legacy of adventure and expertise, of cross-cultural influences and innovations, unfolding like a silk thread connecting East and West.

Founded in Paris in 1994 by Prosper and Martine Assouline, Assouline is the first luxury brand on culture. It began with the desire to create a new, contemporary style of book, using the couple's experienced eye for visually rich stories and compelling narratives. Guided by their passion for knowledge, culture and travel, the Assoulines have since expanded their vision to 1,700 titles in three main collections, along with special editions and unique library accessories—a grand oeuvre of inspiring creations. Throughout the last quarter of a century, the brand has established a network of international boutiques in prominent locations across the globe. Assouline has also inaugurated a curated library service, working closely with clients to visualize, design, and develop bespoke, one-of-a-kind libraries. 

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Jewelry historian Vivienne Becker is an award-winning journalist and author of many books on the history of jewelry design. Based in London, Becker is a contributing editor to Financial Times How to Spend It magazine, writes for newspapers and magazines around the world, and lectures and broadcasts on her subject. She organized and wrote the catalog for the first major exhibition of the jewelry of René Lalique, and curated Jewels of Fantasy, a traveling exhibition of twentieth-century costume jewelry.

The book unearths the journey that the family has taken over more than 100 years, honing their skills along the way to become modern masters of jewellery design and purveyors of the finest quality gemstones.