|Historical Jewelry Facts & Fancy|
In the "good old days," movie actresses, when they acted in a movie, wore their own jewelry. The “heavy hitters” in the jewelry category included Merle Oberon, Marlene Dietrich, Gloria Swanson, and Jean Harlow.
Elizabeth Taylor's jewelry collection is one of the largest in the world. With each husband, or lover came new jewelry to add to her collection. Several highlights of her collection are: "La Peregrina," a 203.84 grain, pear-shaped pearl discovered in the early 16th century by a slave on the shores of Panama. Ms. Taylor obtained it in 1969 and had it made into a necklace by Cartier. When the pearl was lost years ago in Ms. Taylor's Las Vegas hotel room, Hollywood lore tells us that it was discovered in her dog’s mouth.
There is symbolism ascribed to every gem stone. Amethyst stands for true love and, because of that, it is the traditional gift stone for St. Valentine's Day. It also symbolized pure affection and, as such, the ancient Romans considered it the only colored stone appropriate for mourning.
|Linda Porter, the wife of music great Cole Porter, commissioned a unique piece of jewelry for each of his show openings.|
Faberge eggs are world-renknowned by jewelry lovers and collectors. Interestingly, he made only forty-nine gold and platinum eggs from 1885 to 1917. They began as Easter gifts from the Tsar to the Tsarina (and, later on, to the Dowager Empress in later years). Each egg contained a “surprise” for the royal family. Among the surprises were a ruby-eyed cuckoo which crowed and flapped its feathered wings, a model of the Tsar's coronation coach, entire sets of miniature paintings, a bouquet of Madonna lilies with rose diamond centers, and a tiny working replica of the Trans-Siberian Railroad, complete with a ruby headlight.
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