Diving for Starfish by Cherie Burns
The Jeweler, the Actress, the Heiress, and One of the World's Most Alluring Pieces of Jewelry

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Quick, fun, easy reading for devotees of high fashion and mystery fans, complete with wrong turns and false friends.
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Both a history of fine jewelry coming out of Paris in the Golden Age and a tour through the secretive world of high-end, privately-sold jewelry, Diving for Starfish is a stylish detective story with a glittering piece of jewelry at its heart.

In the mid 1930s, in the workroom of the famous Parisian jeweler Boivin, a young jewelry designer named Juliette Moutard created one of the most coveted pieces of jewelry in the world―the famous starfish pin―still sought after today by aficionados of fine jewelry.

The starfish, created out of gold and encrusted with 71 cabochon rubies and 241 small amethysts, was distinctive because its five rays were articulated, meaning that they could curl and conform to the bustline or shoulder of the women who wore it. The House of Boivin made three of them. Two of the women who bought and wore the starfish were Claudette Colbert and Millicent Rogers.

Obsessed with the pin after she saw it in the private showroom of a Manhattan jewelry merchant, Cherie Burns set off on a journey to find out all she could about the elusive pins and the women who owned them. Her search took her around the world to Paris, London, New York, and Hollywood. Diving for Starfish is the story of these marvelous pieces of jewelry and the equally dazzling women who loved them.

 

About Cherie Burns

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Cherie Burns is a prolific freelance writer whose work has appeared in the "New York Times", "People", Glamour", "Sports Illustrated", "US", "New York", "Self", and "Working Woman". Burns is one of the first writers to address stepfamily dynamics, and is the mother of two teenage children and the stepmother of two adult stepdaughters with two stepgrandchildren. She lives in New York City.
 
Published March 20, 2018 by St. Martin's Press. 240 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction
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Quick, fun, easy reading for devotees of high fashion and mystery fans, complete with wrong turns and false friends.

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