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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. Carole Lombard was an American film actress. She was particularly noted for her energetic, often off-beat roles in the screwball comedies... Continue Reading →
Repairing the Crown from one of my favorite films The Young Victoria was just plain fun! The Young Victoria was released in 2009. Several years later the Getty Museums and Swarovski of Los Angeles, sponsored the lecture - Designing Victoria: Visual Sources for Historical Costume. Sandy Powell and Deborah Landis were the guest speakers. While attending the lecture... Continue Reading →
Pinterest can be a great source of information. It was here that I first saw Satine's Necklace from Moulin Rouge, an incredible necklace created by Canturi. When Satine first appears on screen in the movie Moulin Rouge, she sings of how "Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend" and the film’s evil Duke of Monroth takes note and later presents... Continue Reading →
Carole Lombard's "goose egg" of a star sapphire was an outstanding gemstone. How would we ever find a sapphire like this gem? After searching for weeks with various gem dealers, we decided to recreate the gem in glass. Figuring out the size of the sapphire was tricky due to the fact that several of... Continue Reading →
Carole Lombard shown above is wearing her star sapphire and diamond brooch. This was truly a sensational piece of jewelry. With so many articles written about this amazing gem, we are convinced that Carole Lombard designed and owned this brooch. Who made or where it is now is a still a mystery. Larry McQueen, owner... Continue Reading →
The Ingrid Bergman project was initially a huge challenge for us. We were lucky to find such great samples from our resources so we could create this story board. I knew from my historical research that jewelry from the Victorian time period, could be made in precious and/or in non-precious metals. Since the budget dictated the scope of... Continue Reading →
Two tone plating as shown below truly added to the beauty of the pendant. This was the start of a new adventure for me. Shortly after this project I was commissioned by The Collection to recreate three more Hollywood gems from the past: a brooch for Carole Lombard, a pendant for Greta Garbo and a brooch for... Continue Reading →