new from jen altman: gem and stone + cisthene

by Grace Bonney

Please say hello to the new coffee table book that people will be clamoring to get in their homes. Ever since I got a sneak peek of Jen Altman’s Gem and Stone, I have been dying to see the finished piece. Last week it arrived, and it lived up to every (high) expectation I had for it.

Gem and Stone: Jewels of Earth, Sea, and Sky (Chronicle 2012) is a truly gorgeous book that looks at 50 gems ranging from peridot and amethyst to malachite and chrysocolla. Each gem is beautifully photographed by Jen and accompanied by a detailed history, chemical makeup and the various folklore associated with it. Heather Smith Jones contributed beautiful illustrations to the book that make the entire piece a work of art from start to finish. Whether you’re a gem and mineral lover like I am (obsessed) or just appreciate a beautiful (and informative) coffee table book, this one NEEDS to be on your list. I can guarantee we’re going to see this popping up in magazines, home tours and on people’s inspiration boards for a long time to come. The book is officially out on August 22nd, but until then, you can pre-order your copy right here and here.

In addition, Jen is opening an amazing new store called CISTHENE (at the end of August) that is having an early pop-up shop online today! Eighteen select pieces (including Gem and Stone) will be for sale. My favorites are the amazing silk scarves Jen made using prints from the book. I love having multiple ways of satisfying my obsessive gem fix. Click here to check out the pop-up shop and stay tuned for the grand opening later in August.

Congrats to Jen on all the exciting news! Click through after the jump to see more images from the book. xo, grace

More images from Gem and Stone after the jump . . .




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