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On My Bookshelf: 20th Century Jewelry & the Icons of Style

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"20th Century Jewelry & the Icons of Style" by Stefano Papi and Alexandra Rhodes (Thames & Hudson, $65) is a fascinating look at the jewels -- and the style and lives -- of eleven glamorous women from another era. The authors profile the likes of the Duchess of Windsor and the Maharani of Baroda, while highlighting the exquisite accessories made for them from Cartier, Harry Winston, and more. It's a very interesting peek into the stories of these famed women and their collections, as well as the making and the history of the jewels themselves. Take a look at my gallery for a snapshot of the book -- you'll soon be swooning for the sparkly items too!

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A gorgeous turquoise and diamond set acquired by Her Highness Begum Sultan Muhammad Shah Aga Khan.

1 A gorgeous turquoise and diamond set acquired by Her Highness Begum Sultan Muhammad Shah Aga Khan.

Countess Mona Bismarck in Paris, wearing emeralds, diamonds, jade and pearls by Cartier.

2 Countess Mona Bismarck in Paris, wearing emeralds, diamonds, jade and pearls by Cartier.

A striking necklace and ring from the 1920s-1930s.

3 A striking necklace and ring from the 1920s-1930s.

A Cartier chimera bangle in carved coral, diamonds and cabochon emeralds.

4 A Cartier chimera bangle in carved coral, diamonds and cabochon emeralds.

The Maharani Sita Devi of Baroda with her son, admiring the

5 The Maharani Sita Devi of Baroda with her son, admiring the "Princie" diamond that was named after him at Van Cleef & Arpels in 1960.

The Cartier Paris flamingo brooch that was owned by the Duchess of Windsor, made by reused stones from her other pieces.

6 The Cartier Paris flamingo brooch that was owned by the Duchess of Windsor, made by reused stones from her other pieces.

Photos courtesy of Sotheby's, Sotheby's Studio Archive, Christie's, and the Van Cleef & Arpels Archives.

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