The Beverley Gem Collection at Alnwick Castle is one of the most distinguished in Great Britain still in private hands. It reflects the longstanding interest of the English nobility in both assembling and commissioning gemstones.
Diana Scarisbrick, a noted authority on engraved gems and jewellery of all periods, is a Research Associate of the Beazley Archive in the University of Oxford. Her many publications include Finger Rings: Ancient and Modern (2006) and Rings: Miniature Monuments to Love, Power and Devotion (2014). Claudia Wagner is a Senior Researcher at the Beazley Archive, where she directs the gems databases and research programme, and Senior Research Lecturer at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford. She is co-author (with John Boardman) of The Marlborough Gems (2009). Sir John Boardman, FBA, is Emeritus Lincoln Professor of Classical Archaeology and Art in the University of Oxford. His many books include Greek Gems and Finger Rings (2001), The Greeks Overseas (1999), Greek Art (2012), The History of Greek Vases (2006), and The World of Ancient Art (2006). The three authors collectively wrote The Guy Ladriere Collection of Gems and Rings (published by Philip Wilson Publishers in 2015).
'It is not only the gem-specialists among classical archaeologists and art-historians, or students of the reception of antiquity and history of collecting, who will study this publication with the greatest interest, but all lovers of antiquity and art: they will delight in the mastery of the gem-engraver, the beauty of his works and the variety of subjects portrayed, all presented here so captivatingly and so splendidly.'- Erika Zwierlein-Diehl, Honorary Professor of Classical Archaeology, Bonn University, 'This splendid volume for the first time makes accessible a noble collection of the highest importance, combining stunning new photographs with erudite, yet accessible, scholarship. Ancient, Renaissance, and more recent cameos and intaglios - along with their colourful histories - will delight and inform all readers who have an interest in engraved gems, classical art and the history of virtu.' - Kenneth Lapatin, Curator of Antiquities, J Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles