Jewels of Hollywood Past

23 Jan

Jewels of Hollywood Past

I happened to find a wonderful page full of jewelry and celebrity stories, especially about stars from the past like Marlene Dietrich (pictured from

According to the International Colored Gemstone Association's web site, Dietrich loved jewelry and often worn her own emerald jewelry in many of her movies.

I particularly liked this story about how she almost lost a ring while baking a cake (could you picture Jennifer Aniston baking a cake?): Once when baking a cake at Katherine Cornell's house, Marlene thought she had lost her 37.41-carat cabochon emerald ring which she had removed in the kitchen. The house was turned upside down but the ring couldn't be found. It was only during dessert that the ring was discovered by one of the dinner guests inside a piece of the cake!

Other celebrities include Elizabeth Taylor (of course), Queen Elizabeth (again, no big surprise), Mary Pickford, Theda Bara, Gloria Swanson, who also has an interesting story:


Gloria Swanson had such extravagant taste in jewelry that she had to rent it. Inspite of paying only 10 percent of the value of her jewelry, one year her annual jewelry budget was $500,000. Gloria Swanson wore an important emerald, amethyst and gold necklace by Iribe in "Affairs of Anatole" in 1920, starting a fashion for colorful jewelry.

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5 Responses to “Jewels of Hollywood Past”

  1. Machele January 14, 2010 at 5:58 am #

    Such a classic era. Though we have paris hilton and megan fox to move us forward in fashion now…bah

  2. Norman Phay October 13, 2008 at 9:59 am #

    That’s Leatrice Joy, not Gloria Swanson.

  3. photo jewelry January 24, 2007 at 2:05 pm #

    Thank you for this post. I enjoyed the jewelry site.

  4. sguyot January 24, 2007 at 8:01 am #

    Interesting how one’s jewelry collection can reveal so much about the “collector”. Thanks for the post. I had the chance to view part of Mairlyn Monroe’s jewelry collection a year or so ago. She also had remarkable taste and some of the pieces she kept “private” really told a story. A great costume jewelry collection was that of Ann Miller, but then again I am a little bias.

  5. Tammy January 26, 2007 at 8:34 am #

    I’m glad you both liked it. Yes, you’re right. It tells a lot about their personalities.

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