"Crown Jewels of Iran"

This book that I now have was published in 1968 and only a few days ago I decided to share with you and everyone all of those remarkable photographs. These items were made long before CAD was even thought of, in fact, a Flex-Shaft machine that we all take now for granted was still in its infancy.

Just go to my blog and view the 30 photographs showing all kinds of Regalia from over 100 years ago. In fact, 'Harry Winston Jewellers in New York City made a little necklace back in 1938. I attempted to capture much of the astounding pictures and with the text as I could. This is a breathtaking expose of the life of the Royal family and their wealth!

In this spectacular display of jewellery from a book that I now have. I thought that it would good to share with everyone what kinds of designs that were created well over 100 years ago. I also included many of the details referring to each item, as possible.

How are these in such brilliant colour? Two professional inspectors were allowed over a period of only 6 months to categorize as many of the pieces being shown here.

I will not discuss any politics in this essay about the wealth of such items. I’m only here to share with the readership the fantastic display and overwhelming amounts of gemstones & other items.

I will attempt to keep my ‘essay descriptions’ on the details to a minimum. I’ll just let you read some of the ‘text-insertions’ for yourselves. BTW, there are some synthetic stones that were set into these pieces!

Many of these photographs had their own description on separate pages and my labour was to literally “cut & paste” by hand. If you see any lines, these are from the end of the pages being taped together.

“I receive no revenue for this blog-essay, as it is only used for educational purposes.” It is only meant to be an interesting view on how jewellery was manufactured so many years ago"


(I’m using a “larger page layout” on some these pictures, as I want you to read the full description where available). You can ‘scroll to the right’ to gain a better understanding of the time spent in this 6 month, fact-gathering project.

What you are reading is a ‘scan of the book-page’ and I haven’t edited any part of the texts anywhere!

This is a candle-stick with a very wide base, as to not fall over. Ever so slightly ornate, do you agree?


This necklace was made in 1938 AD. All of the ‘suspended’ diamonds were drilled through.

Just a ‘simple box’ that is just overflowing with strands of Pearls!

This is just a ‘little bauble’ with no known purpose.

Kindly scroll your cursor to the right!

This is the handle of the 'Regal Sword". This page only had the handle to show, pity!

No further details were supplied about this item, why?

This essay is one of the most interesting that I put together. I knew that many readers would be very interested in viewing the photographs. With this in mind, I wanted to capture and share all of the kinds of designs and setting that the Royal Family had in their inventory.

What I read in the preamble to this book, is that these two inspectors didn’t & couldn’t finish their work. They had only a 6 month period and not one more day!

I sincerely hope you enjoyed this exposure to the creative designs that were made so many decades ago. What are your favourite items? My choice is the enormous “Globe”! I can’t imagine setting all of those gemstones without the modern equipment that we have today, just mind-boggling!

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Be careful about scanning photos. Unless the books are in the public domain or published under something like a Creative Commons license, you may find yourself getting copyright takedown notices.
Even though the pieces themselves are in museums, and thus may be free to photograph for personal or not-for-profit use, photos of those pieces may still be under copyright, held by either the photographer or the publisher.

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Thanks Elliot Nesterman

I’m going to make some changes to that essay TODAY. As I don’t need any lawyers “knocking on my door” via registered mails.

You wouldn’t get any letters from lawyers. The take down notices would go to your web host, who’d then send you an email advising you of the claim of infringement.


I took down all written & ownership of the photographs.

All that is now remains are the actual pictures!

So many thanks for the ”red lights” as I don’t need any problems.

Gerry, On my iPhone!

In some ways that’s worse. Companies who don’t want you reusing the photos at all may still find them. Others may not mind you using them if you attribute them correctly, but may get upset if they are not attributed.

"Delete, or not to Delete is the ultimate question!" I was happy by giving some acknowledgement to the owners and their sponsors. Can you please suggest what I should do NOW! Back and forth editing doesn’t give me any direct route to take…:>( Can someone else please clear up this problem…duh?

In United States copyright law there is a “fair use” doctrine. This would normally permit use of images for educational purposes, especially when there is no charge to your user for the image. Ypour blog would seem to fit into this broad category. Don’t know about Canada. This may fall under the maxim that it is often better/easier(?) to ask forgiveness than to seek permission. Make sure you give credit, then you have a good faith arguement that you were not doing it for personal gain and you recognized the source/owner(?) of the image.

James Cohen

Oh well, I’ll put back in the long lists of ‘credits’! As these were inserted at the time of posting “delete or not delete”. I think I’ll give credit where credit is due.

I’ll even say that ***“this essay is for educational purposes only and no revenue is requested by the (many) readers.” ***

Many thanks for your great reply & input on this topic.

Always credit the Artist. Credit the book too.
What is written in the front of book as to copy write? That should matter. You may need to write to the Publisher: University of Toronto Press and ask for permission or forgiveness. :slightly_smiling_face:

I think you should cite everything as would a scholarly writer.

This book was published over 50 years ago, I have no record of which department controlled the publishing, I printed all of the information that was made available. I don’t even think these two gentlemen are even affiliated any with “U of T, University Press” anymore.

If you believe I should explore this further, I will do my best, time permitting. Thanks for the concern. Regards!

Here is the link you need
I think you should get an “ok” since you are teaching, blogging and doing scholarly research. I hope I’m right. This could open doors for you to share more in your writings too.


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I’m so very impressed on your homework. I just signed up to the “University of Toronto Press”. I will be calling their offices on Monday to investigate what I should do next.

***Gerry Lewy ***


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