"Nobody does it better!" Although performed in a James Bond film, I'm sure the lyricist was referring to Judith Leiber. Referred to as the "Queen of Minaudieres", Judith Leiber created these "tiny treasures" in many different styles, colors, shapes and degrees of ornamentation. There was no limit to Leiber's creativity. This minaudiere is a little larger than its smaller version. It is a variation of the style of totally encrusting the purse with one color Swarovski crystals. The shape is an elongated rectangle that is slick and slim. It has straight and curved lines. It is completely covered with sparkly white Swarovski crystals. They are tightly placed in rows. They gleam and glisten. Dotted among the crystals are clear crystal embellishments. These rhinestone looking jewels are different sizes ranging from large stones to smaller ones. They are randomly placed. They are a "surprise" element to the bag and add much interest. The bag is trimmed with a shiny gold tone metal. The bag opens and closes with a raised decorative clasp that has a push down mechanism. There is a clear crystal in the middle of the push down element. Judith Leiber's conversion hardware is inside the bag allowing the wearer to wear the bag as a shoulder type or a clutch. There is a jewelry quality serpentine chain with a drop of 20". The inside is lined with a gold kid leather. There is a gold tone metal identification panel stating "Judith Leiber" affixed inside. The inside is in very good condtion with normal indications of age and wear. Nothing significant. The purse measures 5 3/4"w x 3 1/4"h x 1 1/4"d. The purse is in very good condition. All crystals are present. However some of the clear stones only on one side have become dull. Not all, but some. I have not had this restored because in such a situation you take the chance of loosening the white crystals around the stone. Best to leave it as it is. Again, this wouldn't bother me because I tend to look at the "whole" rather than the details. It is priced with this in mind. Despite this, this minaudiere is enchanting and magical. It reminds me of shimmering snowflakes gently falling upon a glistening snow bank. Imagine a gorgeous bride wearing this on her special day! Really beautiful! Condition: Very Good ++ VINTAGE Condition
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