Similar to Judith Leiber's famous minaudieres , the Katherine Baumann collection, while being a bit more whimsical, are just as enchanting as the purse icon's collection. Her story is also just as interesting. Katherine Baumann, a talented beauty was a former Miss Ohio and Miss America runner up. Her classic beauty naturally helped pave the way to a flourishing acting career which was cut short by a terrible automobile accident. Needing to reinvent herself she relied on her designer talents to develop a line of couture products for the "rich and famous" of Beverly Hills. She started out designing custom "glitzy" jackets for celebrities and branched out into other accessories. She is known as the "Beverly Hills Bag Lady" and legend has it that you will carry home the gold, if you wear one of her miniaudieres to the awards ceremony. Of course, I'm referring to celebrities. This miniaudiere is worthy of an award. It is heart shaped. The baby blue crystals gently shine and glitter. THey sparkle as the light bounces off of them. There is a "checkerboard" pattern that is defined with clear crystals and faux pearls are set at the intersection of the lines. All crystals are present. The purse opens with a push down mechanism that has a large rhinestone in the middle and whose rim is set with smaller rhinestones. The carrystrap is jewelry quality and is 23"long. It has a double strand, one is a silvertone serpentine chain and the other consists of bezel set azure colored multi faceted round stones set 1/2" apart. It is just gorgeous! The carry chains can be maintained inside the purse when desired. The inside is lined with a grained silver leather with silver lace trim. The goldtone Katherine Baumann signature panel is affixed inside. The measurements of the purse are 3 1/2"h x 3 3/4" w x 1 1/2". This purse is in great condition. It comes with the original black suede pouch and the plastic box (a bit used). This light sky blue purse is wonderful! The color is serene. The jewels shine. The craftsmanship is exceptional. The shape is romantic. The entire purse is sure to get applause. It is the essence of luxury. In this case, wearing your "heart" on your sleeve,(arm) is a good thing! Condtition: Perfect Excellent VINTAGE Condition
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