Greta Garbo’s Pendant | Film Classic “Queen Christina”

One of the most challenging re-creative jewelry projects we ever worked on was the pendant for Greta Garbo in the movie Queen Christina.

Greta Garbo as Queen Christina

 

Greta Garbo and her ladies

Catching glimpses of the pendant as the Queen’s handmaid helped her get dress in her gown was challenging to the say the least. We could see some shadows and flashes of light, but nothing we could really draw from. We reviewed a few existing black & white images from the studio’s archives, screen shots and carefully watch the movie over and over hoping to get a better idea of the design.

We decided that it was most likely a quatrefoil pendant and loosely based on 16th-17th century jewelry styles.  In our opinion and keeping with the movie industry at the time it was probably created for the film. Our re-created piece would reflect the historical time period and match the movie pendant as close as possible.

Greta Garbo

Larry McQueen and the gown from Queen Christina

Greta Garbo and the Queen of Sweden

After watching the film, I was given the opportunity to see this gorgeous gown in person. A trip to the The Collection of Motion Picture Costume Design studio was next. The beadwork on this gown was spectacular. One could only image the costume designer, Adrian and his band of “beaders” working for hours and hours to complete this work of art. Larry McQueen, the costume collector had the gown restored, it is beautiful to say the least. He shared with me a fact that Greta Garbo was not fond of the gown, due to its weight, together the beadwork and velvet weighed 65 pounds.

Greta Garbo Gown from the movie Greta Garbo's Gown

Next step was to start our jewelry historical research at the library at GIA in Carlsbad, CA.  KLH

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