For many centuries the collecting of jewels was the preserve of royalty. But in the aftermath of the First World War, royal gems passed into the hands of a different kind of elite that included celebrities from the silver screen and a coterie that revelled in a new-rich social whirl. Eleven of these glamorous women, who built up astonishing jewelry collections in the early and mid-20th century, are profiled in this book. They range from the legendary Marjorie Merriweather Post and her niece, the heiress Barbara Hutton, to the Duchess of Windsor, the Maharani of Baroda and the great diva Maria Callas, as well as less well-known but fascinating figures such as the mysterious and beautiful Nina Dyer. The authors vividly bring to life the worlds in which these women moved - exotic travel, grand houses and extravagant parties - describing the gems in detail and providing portraits of the work of the leading jewelers of the day.