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Gift Yourself With One of These Eleven Opulent Minaudières

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Situated somewhere between the categories of jewelry and handbag lies the minaudière. Tiny and ornate, this handheld accessory is the attention-seeking cousin of the common clutch. While the minaudière was originally developed in the 1930's by Charles Arpels (you know, of Van Cleef & Arpels), it is having a renaissance today—just in time for holiday party season.

Pair down your purse to the essentials (ID, phone, lipstick, cash) and check out Judith Leiber's genie lamp concoction, a gilded suede number from Tory Burch, and a melted mirror clutch that you can only find at Opening Ceremony. Click through the gallery above for eleven minaudière options, ranging from fifty bucks to nearly six thousand. —Nicola Fumo
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