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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 →
Netflix's big budget series (rumored to cost $100 million dollar) "The Crown" is a TV program which chronicles the life of Queen Elizabeth. Season 1 starts in 1947 with a 21-year-old, just-married Elizabeth (Claire Foy). The decade following covers the beginning of her reign, the early years of her marriage to Prince Philip (Matt Smith) and relationship with her younger sister Margaret (Vanessa Kirby),... Continue Reading →
The first jewelry project for Larry McQueen, the owner of The Collection of Motion Picture Costume Design was to recreate a pendant worn by Ingrid Bergman in the classic movie "Gaslight". Many of Mr McQueen's costumes are on display around the world. This pendant was created to compliment his collection and was first displayed on exhibit at the... 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 →
I was asked to create a pair of earrings styled like Anne Boleyn's Earrings from the series, The Tudors. To maintain our budget we decided to use brass to make the earrings. The pearls are from our collection and are genuine freshwater pearls. Drawings are always an important part of the design process. If you... Continue Reading →
I am still hooked on finding this original star sapphire. It was the size of a "goose egg" if anyone knows what happened to that wonderful star... please contact us. We can only speculate where it might be, but perhaps someone that reads our blog will tell us that they have this fabulous star sapphire locked up... Continue Reading →