Carole Lombard’s Jewelry

What I like about my work is that I am able to recreate something from the past. Something of value, a lost jewel and then I get to bring the gem back to life.

image from My Man Godfrey
Universal Studio promotional image showing Carole Lombard wearing her own star sapphire and diamond brooch. From the classic Hollywood film “My Man Godfrey”

Carole Lombard was an American film actress. She was particularly noted for her energetic, often off-beat roles in the screwball comedies of the 1930s. She was the highest-paid star in Hollywood in the late 1930s. And she was also a noted collector of star sapphires.

In 1936, Universal Studios released “My Man Godfrey” , in which Carole Lombard was the leading actor. The beaded gown she is wearing in the image above is currently owned by the private costume collector Larry McQueen, owner of The Collection. The gown was designed by Travis Banton and like most glamorous actors of this time period she wore her own jewelry. It was this piece that my client commissioned me to re-create for an exhibit at the Academy of Motion Pictures and Arts and Sciences.

With only a few images to start our research, I was determined  to re-create this incredible piece of jewelry which she personally owned and wore both on and off the Hollywood movie set.

I hope the brooch still exists somewhere in the world. I have searched the archives of GIA in Carlsbad, CA,  my personal jewelry library,  Pinterest and many internet resources with no results.

However, on Instagram I saw a post from Christie’s Auction House and I believe the emerald brooch in the picture is very close to the brooch Carole Lombard owned.

Dramatic Art Deco emerald and diamond pendant necklace, set with a cabochon emerald of approximately 168 carats. Magnificent Jewels, Geneva 13 November

I asked Christies if they had the maker for the emerald piece and sadly they sad no. So my search continues.

To learn more about this project select the links for: Research and Design of the Carole Lombard brooch project and the Making of the brooch.



6 thoughts on “Carole Lombard’s Jewelry

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  1. What a fascinating project, to recreate this beautiful jewel!

    Incidentally, a few years ago you recommended the book “Hollywood Jewels” to me. I finally read it last summer, and what a terrific resource. Truly enjoyable read. Thanks for recommending!

    1. Thank you for reading my post. It was a great project. When you have the time checkout the other projects – Greta Garbo pendant, Susan Hayward brooch and my Ingrid Bergman pendant. Have a great day.

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