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Taos Author Dives for Starfish - Cherie Burns

Posted Feb 26, 2018

A new book, DIVING FOR STARFISH by Taos writer Cherie Burns, will be published by St. Martin’s Press in hardcover on March 20, 2018.

In DIVING FOR STARFISH: The Jeweler, the Actress, the Heiress, and One of the World’s Most Alluring Pieces of Jewelry, Cherie Burns takes readers on a search for a dazzling, elusive starfish pin—one of the most coveted pieces of jewelry in the world.

Created in the early 1930’s by a young designer in the  workroom of the famous Parisian jeweler Boivin, the starfish pin 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 crafted only three of these gold starfish, each one encrusted with 71 cabochon rubies and 241 small amethysts. The women who were able to capture the rare starfish were as fabulous as the pin itself.

Millicent Rogers, socialite and fashion icon, and Claudette Colbert, Hollywood leading lady, were two of the women adorned by one of the three pins that exist today. Obsessed with the pin after she saw it in the private showroom of a Manhattan jewelry merchant, author 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.

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.

CHERIE BURNS is the author of Searching for Beauty, The Great Hurricane: 1938, and Stepmotherhood. Her work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times Magazine, People, and Glamour, among others. She lives in Taos, New Mexico.

Watch a video of Cherie Burns discussing DIVING FOR STARFISH.

The author will read from the book in Taos on March 21 at Harwood Museum of Art at 7:00pm. The reading is co-sponsored by SOMOS, the Literary Society of Taos.

St. Martin’s Press| On-Sale March 20, 2018
Hardcover | 9781250056207| $26.99
E-Book | 9781466859814| $12.99

Advance Praise for DIVING FOR STARIFSH

“Quick, fun, easy reading for devotees of high fashion and mystery fans, complete with wrong turns and false friends.”
—Kirkus Reviews

“Entertainment, detective work, serendipity are all here for jewelry and celebrity buffs alike.”

“Cherie Burns has written a unique tale about a pin, a famous pin in fact. Part detective story, part quest, both wrapped in a mystery. It's a fascinating read…Burns goes from New York to Paris to London to Hollywood and back to New York, trying to gather facts. Does she solve the mystery of the beautiful missing pin? Ahh, that's a secret that I won't reveal. Read the book. It is most intriguing.”

—Barbara Taylor Bradford, Author of The Cavendon Luck

“Cherie Burns delves deeply into the sea of mystery that is the period jewelry industry. What she found is captivating and wholly satisfying… The Boivin starfish are like waves: they wash up on the shoulder of only a special few, display their rare, captivating beauty and then fall below the surface once more. As Cherie Burns explains, we never know if these glorious bits of bejeweled flotsam will ever see the light of day again.”
—Lori Ettlinger Gross, jewelry historian, curator and author of Brooches: Timeless Adornment

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