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