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The Cartiers: The Untold Story of the Family Behind the Jewelry Empire

by Francesca Cartier Brickell
# US2572 Hardcover, 625 pages; 2019
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Here, I realized as I thumbed through the letters, was the story of a family firm that created some of the most revered jewelry of all time for the world's biggest names. That single case would, in time, open a window onto opulent Romanov balls, glamorous coronations, and extravagant maharajas' banquets…. I was soon to learn how King Edward VII of England, Grand Duchess Vladimir of Russia, and Coco Chanel featured alongside the Duchess of Windsor, Elizabeth Taylor, Grace Kelly, and Queen Elizabeth II in Cartier's rich history.

When Francesca Cartier Brickell's family gathered to celebrate her grandfather's ninetieth birthday, she made an unexpected discovery in his wine cellar: a steamer trunk filled with letters written by generations of the Cartier family. In their pages she would discover a deeply personal account of her famous ancestors, who built their luxury retail empire through artistry, marketing savvy, and sheer determination. A glittering jewel in its own right, this absorbing history will captivate you! (KG)
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