Kathleen Lynagh Jewelry Design

designing jewelry & re-creative jewelry for the costume & film industry


Greta Garbo’s Quatrefoil Pendant from Queen Christina

Sharing the re-creative jewelry design story

Four Re-Creative Jewelry Designs for Larry McQueen

Larry McQueen, the owner of The Collection of Motion Picture Costume Design commissioned the following works:

Gaslight” costume worn by Ingrid Bergman

Each project shows the initial image from the film, the completed re-creative jewelry and the costume and jewelry on exhibit.

Owned by: The Collection of Motion Picture Costume Design

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Carole Lombard & Greta Garbo Re-Creative Jewelry Projects at the Academy Museum in LA

Hollywood Costume Exhibit was on exhibit at the historic Wilshire May Company building, the future home for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures Los Angeles. Originally, organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (V&A), this exhibition explores costume design as an important part of cinematic storytelling.

Here are two of our projects on display.

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First is the Carole Lombard’s star sapphire and diamond brooch. Star sapphire and diamond brooch on the beautiful beaded dress worn by Carole Lombard in “My Man Godfrey”

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Waiting for Greta Garbo’s Pendant to Arrive at the Studio…

One always wonders if the shipping company will lose your work on the way or on the return. Not that we are pessimistic but it has happened. Waiting for the pendant to arrive was difficult, patience is not one of my virtues.

So here she is…

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Here is the final assembled casting with the new sterling silver plating

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Notes from Larry McQueen on Greta Garbo’s Gown

“Garbo had left Hollywood and had returned to Sweden when she was coaxed back to play the role of the sometimes cross-dressing queen of Sweden.


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Greta Garbo’s Pendant at the Maker’s Bench

We cast the pieces in yellow bronze. Clean up was very easy in metal because our wax work was done so nicely.

We soldered the components on the backplate in several steps. The assembled pendant was prepped and ready to ship to the plating company.

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Looks like gold

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Carving Waxes for Greta Garbo’s Pendant

We prefer to carve the design models in wax. Using solid blocks of dark purple wax we carve each design element until every detail is perfect. Each wax carving is taken to the highest finish possible.

For us better waxes means less work in metal. It also gives our clients the opportunity to see the pendant in 3-d before we cast it in metal.

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Ribbon Frame

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Wax Models Ready for Casting

We have been working with a wonderful casting company in Northern California for almost 15 years. They do beautiful castings in a variety of metals. The day we finished carving was one of the hottest days of the summer. And I worried that the waxes might be affected by the summer heat during transportation, but the gods were with us and they arrived intact.

To cast in the lost wax method, waxes are carefully attached or sprued to a treelike structure of wax that will eventually provide paths for the molten casting material to flow and for air to escape. The carefully planned spruing usually begins at base with a wax “cup,” which is attached by wax cylinders to various points on the wax models.

The sprue is not hollow, as it will be melted out later in the process. Shown below are you will find our waxes sprued to the trees. This is done right before they are placed in a flask and made ready for the plaster pour.


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Greta Garbo and Susan Hayward waxes on the trees

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Greta Garbo’s Pendant: Researching Historical Jewelry – Made Easier at GIA

How fortunate we are to be located so closely to GIA, better known as Gemological Institute of America in Carlsbad, California, is a nonprofit gem research institute dedicated to protecting the public by providing education and objective, unbiased gem evaluations.

Swedish Wedding Crown - Walters Art Gallery
Swedish Wedding Crown Walters Art Museum

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Re-Creating Greta Garbo’s Pendant from “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 in "Queen Christina"

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