Jewelry lover Lana Turner
Glamorous Hollywood diva, along with many other actresses of the time, was a passionate connoisseur of jewelry. Luckily, she had a good taste and the opportunity to purchase both – costume decorations and pieces made of diamonds, sapphires and emeralds.
Bright and certainly beautiful, she 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. Born into a family of a miner from Tennessee (killed when Lana was a child), she began acting in film at the age of 16.
Her nicknames included “the girl in a sweater” for addiction to clothing that subtly emphasized her curvy shape. Second, “the girl with eyebrows painted on”, when she plucked off her eyebrows (for filming), but they have not grown. Third, “Queen of the nightclubs” in 1939, for her role when she had blonde hair.
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Jewelry lover Lana Turner
Vintage actress Debra Paget
She made her first steps on the professional stage at the age of eight. At thirteen years old she played in the theater in “Merry Wives of Windsor”, and started playing in films at the age of 15. Debra starred in many westerns, playing Indian women, islanders, and residents of the East. For that very reason and probably for her talents in oriental dancing, she became known as an “exotic girl”.
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. Traditionally, she wore tasteful high jewellery pieces, demonstrating good taste of a delicate glamorous lady.
By the mid-1950s Debra is becoming less popular, and in 1957, the contract with the film studio 20th Century Fox was terminated.
Hollywood diva Susan Hayward jewellery
First of all, Hayward jewellery collection reflects her personal taste, style and spirit of one of Hollywood leading ladies of the 1940-50s. 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 real jewellery lover, the same as most of the Hollywood divas of the time. Noteworthy, 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 by Oscar Heyman & Bros. (est. $4/6,000), and a diamond necklace (est. $15/20,000). Also, 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; and a diamond straight-line bracelet (est. $4/6,000) set with 6 carats of round and baguette diamonds.
Jewellery lover Ginger Rogers
1941 Oscar winner, Rogers became famous for her duo with Fred Astaire (1899-1987). She won the 14th place in the list of the 100 greatest movie stars in 1999. Icon of style, she was an expert in jewellery, and had a large jewelry collection.
Part of her collection appeared at 2000 December Sotheby’s auction in New York. In particular, an Art Deco charm bracelet, circa 1933 made of platinum, diamond, seed pearl and enamel (est. $5/7,000). It 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. One charm, a telephone decorated with opaque white enamel with a moving dial and round diamonds revealing the letters “I Love U”. Also, an engagement ring set with diamonds, and a bouquet of seed pearls and diamonds with green enamel leaves. And a wedding band and a musical staff, both set with diamonds.
Jewellery lover Sophia Loren
She did not buy anything in the boutique, but the managers gave her a bronze Eiffel tower gift.
When we hear the phrase “icon of style”, we imagine Audrey Hepburn, Sophia Loren, Marilyn Monroe, and Catherine Deneuve. They have conquered the hearts of millions of men and women. Their beauty and talent have earned them the status of style icons and made them trendsetters.
Legendary Italian film star inspired fashion and jewelry designers to create exclusive collections. One of them was Italian jewelry house Damiani, that dedicated to her charming beauty and elegance collection in 2006. The designers used pink and white color gold. The collection kept balance between contemporary fashion (it symbolizes the pink gold) and the familiar classics (white gold). The collection included necklaces, rings, brooches, pendants and two kinds of earrings. All ornaments were designed in one style – circles, swirls of pink gold, decorated with flowing cascade of clear classic cut round diamond.
Jewellery lover Anna Sten
In 1935 French actor, cabaret singer and entertainer Maurice Chevalier (1888 – 1972) listed 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 two more.
In the mid-1930s Hollywood, 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.
Loretta Young jewellery
An actress known within the film industry as ‘Hollywood’s Beautiful Hack’, she starred in so many mediocre movies. In a career that began in 1927, Young appeared in more than 90 films, yet she was personally memorable due to her big doe eyes and high cheekbones. She was truly one of Hollywood’s most striking beauties and one of the first to win an Oscar and an Emmy award and to command a six-figure salary.
A true jewellery lover, Loretta Young could afford a large collection of expensive high, as well as costume jewellery. Looking through her photographs, one can hardly find Loretta not wearing clips, a necklace, a brooch or a bracelet. She was synonymous with the glamour, that was Hollywood in the 1930s and 40s. In the above photo Loretta wears the brooch by Ruser, circa 1960 (est. $10/15,000).