After twenty years of engaging in two careers: writing for magazines/newspapers and designing/consulting for fine jewelry, it occurred to me that everything from the love beads my mother wore in the seventies to a diamond brooch passed down by my great grandmother and a faux tiara crafted for me by my niece have connected my past and my present. All of the precious keepsakes in my jewelry box reveal part of my history: not just material possessions but sparkling memories that link together the family, friends and romances that inspired me to write my first book and continue to be the real gems of my life. I hope that my “My Charmed Life” will appeal to all women who have fallen in love, felt loss, learned to start over again and have been transformed by the enchanting power of jewelry.
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Beth Bernstein's wonderful memoir "My Charmed Life" is the "Love, Loss and What I Wore" for jewelry. The witty, romantic romp with it's cast of kooky lovable characters chronicles all the relationships in the author's life through the gems she was given. As a single Manhattan woman in the jewelry business chasing after the elusive wedding band, every page is frank, funny, and completely relatable. A debut as dazzling as the vintage necklaces, bracelets and earrings she so vividly describes. —Susan Shapiro, author of Five Men Who Broke My Heart