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The World's Great Treasures </>, a book to be treasured in itself, captures, in 580 sumptuous color photographs, the greatest achievements of goldsmiths and other who utilize precious metals and gemstones in the creation of objects of artistic perfection. From the time of the Pharaohs and Mycenae to the Etruscans and their exquisite jewelry, from the lavishness of the Renaissance to the imperial treasures of Britain and Vienna and Maharajas, the illustrations and the accompanying text trace the evolution of art and of the history of kingdoms that rose and fell and left behind objects of exceptional beauty. As well, the book recognizes the devotion of the faithful in treasures venerated in the cathedrals and mosques and houses of worship of other religions.