The Art of War
Tiffany, Cartier, and Boucheron are names typically associated with the celebratory—multi-carat engagement rings and necklaces for shimmering nights out. But in the lush book Lest We Forget: Masterpieces of Patriotic Jewelry and Military Decorations (Taylor Trade Publishing), Judith Price, president of the National Jewelry Institute, showcases the brands’ role in creating jewelry and objets used during wartime to communicate with loved ones—or commemorate them. Price presents a picture of the world’s military past through 150 iconic pieces culled from London’s Victoria & Albert Museum, New York’s West Point, Paris’s Musée de l’Armée, and countless private collections. Among them are the Victory Clock (above)—made by Cartier in 1930 and later presented to Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who used it to keep track of time in multiple war zones—and the platinum, diamond, ruby, and sapphire Red Cross medallion brooch Joseph Chaumet designed in 1917 for his daughter, a nurse, to wear on the front lines. Notes Price: “The jewelry was to say, ‘Don’t forget me—I’m there for you’” (rlpgtrade.com; $30).
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