Jewellery has been a popular fashion statement for hundreds, if not thousands of years. However, some of Hollywood’s classic stars helped to popularise certain styles and stones. Here is our guide to some of history’s most fabulous jewellery and the women who made it famous.
Marilyn Monroe – diamonds
After singing the song “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend” in the film Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Marilyn sealed her fate as the spokesperson for these sparkling stones. She was often seen dripping in diamonds both on and off the big screen, and her wedding ring from husband Joe DiMaggio, which was adorned with 35 baguette cut diamonds, went to auction with a sale price of around $500,000.
Audrey Hepburn – pearls
Audrey Hepburn popularised pearls when she wore a multi stranded pearl necklace during her role as Holly Golightly in the iconic movie Breakfast at Tiffanys. Contemporary designers will still reference Hepburn when coming up with their pearl creations, citing her as responsible for the classic vintage feel that they bring.
Judy Garland – rubies
Ever since Judy Garland wore sparkling ruby slippers in the classic film The Wizard of Oz, no childhood has been complete without a glittering trip down the yellow brick road. Her entire Dorothy outfit is currently on display at the Victoria and Albert Museum in Kensington, just a short tube ride from Hatton Garden. Why not pay a visit and see the shoes for yourself?