People And Pearls: The Magic Endures

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Pearls -- small white beads of purity and perfection. It is no wonder that they have fascinated and bewitched cultures the world over for thousands of years. But just what is it about this ancient gem that has so closely bonded it to our lives, our culture, and our bodies?

People and Pearls explores and reveals the power of pearls, with their remarkable ability to bestow upon their wearer a sense of mystery, elegance, and grace. It offers a personal look at the world's most celebrated jewel through portraits of the most memorable personages throughout civilization to have worn them -- from Queen Elizabeth to Uma Thurman, from Josephine Baker to Marilyn Monroe. It recounts the stories of particular strands of pearls that have such an enthralling history about them that they seem to take on a life of their own.

Embellishing the text are more than one hundred lavish illustrations, photography as unique as the subject of the book: These are seductive, beautiful works of ail. Some are humorous. Some are as snapshots from a personal diary. Some are breathtakingly romantic, such as the portrait of Kiki de Montparnasse wearing only her pearls. And some -- like the timeless elegance of Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's -- are dreamlike visions that are simply unforgettable.

Masterfully written and beautifully designed, People and Pearls is not only a cultural, historical, and personal look at the magic of pearls-it is the definitive photographic book on the subject.

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About the Author:

Ki Hackney has spent three decades in the fashion arena, developing editorial projects as an author, journalist, and public relations executive. After ten years at Women's Wear Daily, she founded Style magazine, edited Senior Summary newspaper, and was the founding executive editor for Countryside magazine. She is also the author of the first three Bloomingdale's Home Planner books. She lives in New York City.

Diana Edkins is coauthor of the bestselling The Power of Style and of The Power of Pride: Stylemakers and Rule Breakers of the Harlem Renaissance. As corporate curator for Conde Nast, she served as photographic editor as well as project originator for Vanity Fair: Photographs of an Age and On. the Edge: Images from 100 Years of Vogue. She lives in Westfield, New Jersey.

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