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Joan Rivers, Barbara Hutton and Jewels of the Romanovs: Family & Court

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Joan Rivers knows all this. Really.
Her multi-million NYC “estate” is filled with books and real eggs and jewels . . . the Romanovs who ruled Russia from 1613 to 1917, when the Revolution brought their reign to an abrupt end, would be jelous. The late 19th and early 20th centuries were a time of elegance and extravagance for the tsars and the wealthy families with whom they were linked by marriage and nowhere are these lavish tastes more apparent than in the imperial jewels.
Every jewel tells a story. They are here, on the luscious pages of Jewels of the Romanovs: Family & Court (Thames & Hudson, $75).Through his extensive research, Stefano Papi has spent years unraveling the mysteries of Russian imperial jewelry. He has identified pieces with little or unknown provenance, and uncovers the fascinating stories behind the jewels and the people who wore them. He takes us from the golden years through the Revolution before following the survivors of the Romanov line—and their jewelry—in European courts and in Paris, where many exiles sought refuge.
Now revised and expanded, this new edition is published to coincide with the 400th anniversary of the founding of the Romanov dynasty.

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