I'm not considered a lady who lunches, but I did recently attend a luncheon hosted by Saks Fifth Avenue for queen of exotic baubles, Temple St. Clair. It was in honor of her two-year-in-the-making book Alchemy: A Passion For Jewels ($36).

Enter the whimsical world of the Virginia native, whose jewels are heavily influenced by her travels to Florence, Morocco, Bavaria, and Switzerland. Learn about the designer's family origins as well as the history and craft of fine jewelry making. This book is a great gift for a jewelry fiend and can also serve as a stylish addition to your coffee table.

For a peek at what's inside, and to see some of Temple's creations,