Carole Lombard Star Sapphire Brooch | At the Maker’s Bench

Lombard   177The yellow bronze castings came back to the studio and we were very pleased with the work. We then shipped it out to the plating company for a rhodium finish.

Carole Lombard Brooch

Adding the Swarovski gemstones went quickly. We decided to channel set the crystal baguettes. We left the setting of the glass “Star Sapphire” to the end.

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Creating the “star” effect was the most difficult part in making this piece. We had tried several methods from engraving the star on the backplate in the brooch to painting the star effect behind the glass gem.

Here’s our final effect and we are very pleased to see it come together.

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Next stop, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Along with Larry McQueen, owner of the Collection of Motion Picture Costume Design we delivered this “star sapphire and diamond” brooch to the Academy in Los Angeles. It is now on exhibit with the “Hollywood Costume Collection“.

The Hollywood Costume Collection Exhibition at the Academy runs from October 2-March, 2 2015. Go see it!


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    1. Star sapphires were very popular after the WWI and up to the late 40’s. Mostly the movie stars wore them. They were purchased for a good price from European Aristocracy fleeing Europe after the war. They need funds and the stars needed big bling. You could buy a huge gemstone for a great deal less then a faceted gemstone. And the star gemstones looked beautiful on screen. Each major star had their signature gemstone. Carole Lombard was know for her star sapphires. We could’t find a star sapphire the size we needed for our piece, so we commissioned a glass artist to complete the work for us.

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