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MGM Queen jewellery lover Norma Shearer

MGM Queen jewellery lover Norma Shearer

Marie Antoinette played by MGM Queen, jewellery lover Norma Shearer

MGM Queen jewellery lover Norma Shearer
“An adventure can become a dark spot or a bright adornment in the picture of life. It all depends on what woman experienced it, “– American-Canadian actress, winner of the Oscar for the film The Divorcee Norma Shearer.

Noteworthy, Hollywood diva Norma Shearer loved and wore lots of jewellery, both in life and in films. In particular, in the Collection of Academy Award winning actress Norma Shearer was a gold, platinum and diamond necklace (est. $150/200,000). Retailed by famed Hollywood jeweler Flato, the necklace is a wonderful example of Flato at his best and most dramatic days. In fact, Norma Shearer bought it around 1941 when both she and the designer were in their heyday. Created by Flato’s talented designer George Headley as a cascade of flowers, diamond-set leaves and a bow, this jewel decorated a 1941 edition of Vogue magazine.
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Glamorous Hollywood diva Lana Turner

Hollywood diva Lana Turner (February 8, 1921 – June 29, 1995)

Hollywood diva Lana Turner (February 8, 1921 – June 29, 1995)

Glamorous Hollywood diva Lana Turner
According to Lana Turner, “A successful man is one who makes more money than his wife can spend. A successful woman is one who can find such a man”.
Glamorous Hollywood diva, along with many other actresses of the time, was a real connoisseur of jewelry. Besides, she had a good taste and the opportunity to purchase jewelry – from costume decorations to expensive jewellery pieces made of diamonds, sapphires and emeralds. Bright and certainly beautiful actress lived a stormy life, and was married eight times (officially). According to the actress herself, she wanted to get married once and have seven children, but it was the other way around. Lana Turner was born into a family of a miner from Tennessee, who was killed when Lana was a child. She began acting in film at the age of 16 years.
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Vintage actress Debra Paget

Vintage actress Debra Paget

Exotic and gorgeous, Vintage actress Debra Paget (born Debralee Griffin; August 19, 1933)

Vintage actress Debra Paget made her first steps on the professional stage at the age of eight, and to thirteen years old has constantly played in the theater in “Merry Wives of Windsor.” One of the screen’s truly beautiful young actresses, she started playing in films at the age of 15. Debra starred in many westerns, playing Indian women, islanders, residents of the East, for that very reason and probably for her talents in oriental dancing, she was characterized as an “exotic girl”. And as an exotic girl, and belly-dancer, she used to decorate herself with lots of gorgeous costume jewellery – long and massive earrings, gold chains, large necklaces or parures, and lots of bracelets. As a Hollywood diva and a true jewellery lover, she wore tasteful high jewellery pieces, demonstrating good taste of a delicate glamorous lady. After the success of beautiful actress, by the mid-1950s Debra is becoming less popular, and in 1957, the contract with the film studio 20th Century Fox was terminated.
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Hollywood diva Susan Hayward jewellery

Susan Hayward jewellery

Hollywood diva Susan Hayward jewellery

Hollywood diva Susan Hayward jewellery

First of all, Susan Hayward jewellery collection reflects her personal taste, style and spirit of one of Hollywood’s leading ladies of the 1940s and 50s. Her film career spanned 35 years and 58 films. Among her memorable roles and performances – I Want to Live!, With a Song in My Heart, I’ll Cry Tomorrow, Back Street, Garden of Evil, David and Bathsheba and Valley of the Dolls, and many more. Susan Hayward (June 30, 1917 – March 14, 1975) was a stunning beauty, elegant and glamorous lady, and a real jewellery lover, the same as most of the Hollywood divas of the time. Her collection of high jewellery sold at Sotheby’s auction included classic designs from the 1950s and 60s. She favored pieces that were easy to wear and very much in tune with the style and fashion of the times. Her collection included a diamond ring, circa 1950 (est. $3/4,000) designed as a multi-tiered dome; a pair of diamond ear clips, Oscar Heyman & Bros. (est. $4/6,000), a diamond necklace (est. $15/20,000), a fancy yellow diamond ring (est. $18/22,000) of pear shape, framed by baguette diamonds; a diamond brooch, circa 1960 (est. $8/10,000) in a stylized foliage motif; a diamond straight-line bracelet (est. $4/6,000) set with 6 carats of round and baguette diamonds.
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Jewellery lover Ginger Rogers

Jewellery lover Ginger Rogers

Jewellery lover Ginger Rogers

Jewellery lover Ginger Rogers
American actress Ginger Rogers (July 16, 1911 – April 25, 1995) was Oscar winner (1941), famous for her duo with Fred Astaire (1899-1987). In 1999 Ginger Rogers won the 14th place in the list of the 100 greatest movie stars. And at the time, she was an icon of style. Gorgeous Hollywood actress was an expert in jewellery decorations, and had a lot of them. Part of her jewellery collection appeared at 2000 December Sotheby’s auction in New York. Offered in this sale was an Art Deco charm bracelet, circa 1933 made of platinum, diamond, seed pearl and enamel (est. $5/7,000). This bracelet was an engagement present from her second husband, comic Lew Ayres. The delicate platinum chain supported five charms that related to events in her career, including a telephone decorated with opaque white enamel with a moving dial and round diamonds revealing the letters “I Love U”, an engagement ring set with diamonds, a bouquet of seed pearls and diamonds with green enamel leaves and a wedding band and a musical staff, both set with diamonds.
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Jewellery lover Sophia Loren

Jewellery lover Sophia Loren

Jewellery lover Sophia Loren, photo by Jack Garofalo, Paris, 1956

Jewellery lover Sophia Loren
In the above photo of 1956, Italian film actress Sophia Loren is in awe of a Cartier 200 grain pearl ring in a Parisian boutique. She did not buy anything there, the jewellery boutique managers gave her a bronze Eiffel tower. When we hear the phrase “icon of style” in front of our eyes are images of Audrey Hepburn, Sophia Loren, Marilyn Monroe, Catherine Deneuve … These names have conquered the hearts of millions of men. The beauty and talent of the great actresses of the 20th century have earned the status of style icons. Each of these film stars in herself is already trendsetter. Film stars inspired the designers to develop exclusive collections of clothes and accessories. Famous jewellery houses created decorations especially for the roles of legendary actresses.
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Jewellery lover Anna Sten

Jewellery lover Anna Sten

One of the most beautiful and glamorous women of the time, film actress and Jewellery lover Anna Sten (December 3, 1908 – November 12, 1993)

Jewellery lover Anna Sten.
When in 1935, French actor, cabaret singer and entertainer Maurice Chevalier (1888 – 1972) was asked to list the 10 most beautiful women in the world, he named Anna Sten, Marlene Dietrich, Greta Garbo, French actress Annabella, Loretta Young, Merle Oberon, Clara Bow, Kay Francis and others. In Hollywood, the mid-1930s Anna became famous for her ability to pick up jewellery and clothes. American film producer and studio executive Darryl Francis Zanuck (1902 – 1979) said that she dresses better than anyone he had ever seen. A female director Dorothy Arzner (1897 – 1979) filmed Anna Stan in drama “Nana”, put her on a par with Garbo, Miriam Hopkins, Katharine Hepburn and Ruth Chatterton in his list of the most glamorous actresses.
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