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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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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