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.