A while back while scrolling through photos of Carole Lombard, as one usually does, I noticed she was wearing a unique brooch and ring in many of them, whether they were shots from a film, publicity photos, or candids. Here is a sampling below (and an excuse to post a lot of photos of Carole):
My Man Godfrey (1936)
With Caeser Romero at the 1936 Mayfair Ball.
Fools for Scandal (1938)
After her divorce from William Powell, Carole treated herself to some magnificent star sapphires, the most notable one being the 152 carat brooch featured prominently in My Man Godfrey (1936).
I found this quite interesting as William Powell gave his girlfriend Jean Harlow a similarly sized star sapphire ring, as shown below:
I discovered a website which created a copy of the long-since-missing original for a display of the dress (which was itself lost and then found) worn in My Man Godfrey (1936).
The beaded dress from My Man Godfrey (1936) on display with replica star sapphire brooch. You can read how the brooch was made here.
The brooch apparently came apart to create a pendant and a ring (though you will notice in some photos she is wearing both the brooch and a ring so she had more than one).
Star sapphires, in addition to being Carole's birthstone, were in vogue at the time and popular with several movie stars, as mentioned in the articles above. However, a few years later, Carole was interested in selling her collection. We do not know if she ever did or if they went down on the plane with her. It is a mystery that will hopefully one day be solved. You can read more about her collection and theories here.
This post is part of the Carole Lombard: The Profane Angel Blogathon hosted by myself and Crystal of In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood. Please check out all of the other posts celebrating this one-of-a-kind woman.