Monday, June 22, 2015

Movie Jewelry by Joseff of Hollywood


I find stuff in the weirdest places. I was by the International Terminal at SFO where the BART station is and was waiting for the BART train and I stumbled upon this great exhibit- Pieces designed by Joseff of Hollywood and worn in movies.

Eugene Joseff began dabbling in costume jewelery design while working as an advertising agency designer in Chicago during the 1920s. In the late '20s he left the advertising industry and moved to Hollywood, lured by a rapidly expanding film industry that soon proved highly receptive to his talents as both a designer and a supplier of costume jewelry. The major studios loved his work during the so-called "Golden Age" of movies:


Worn by Vivien Leigh in Gone with the Wind (1939)
Breastplate worn by the three thieves in The Jungle Book (1942)
Dagger used by Tyrone Power in The Rains Came (1939)
Climb-the-arm bracelet used by Hedy Lamarr in Lady of the Tropics (1939)
Seven-strand bib of pearls and four-strand choker worn by Bette Davis in The Virgin Queen (1955)
Necklace worn by Katharine Hepburn in Mary of Scotland (1936)
Bangles and chain bracelet worn by Marlene Dietrich in Kismet (1944)
Chain necklace and bracelet worn by Greta Garbo in Camille (1936)
Over-sized bracelet worn by Ona Munson in The Shanghai Gesture (1941)
Snake necklace and bracelet worn by Rita Hayworth in Down to Earth (1947)
Winged-scarab belt worn by Elizabeth Taylor in Cleopatra (1963)
Cigar Case used by Clark Gable in Gone with the Wind (1939)
These are some really beautiful pieces and even though they are just costume jewelry they are great to look at.

64 comments:

  1. What an amazing collection! Thanks for linking up! x

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  2. Awesome jewelry! I would love to try out one. :)

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  3. Amazing jewelry, though gaudy for my taste!
    Perhaps that's why I'm not a star?
    Thanks for sharing at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2015/06/the-other-worldly-insect-world.html

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  4. Amazing designs! I have seen some of the movies mentioned too so some of the pieces looks familiar. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. Beautiful jewelry. The dagger is my favorite.

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  6. Love the bling! Thanks for visiting NanaHood and for sharing these beautiful pieces and the movie they were from. I know most of the movies. Teresa from NanaHood

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    1. You are welcome. I knew and have seen most of the movies.

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  7. That seven-strand bib of pearls is stunning!

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  8. Such amazing jewelry, I love the bangle bracelets!! Thanks for sharing on Oh My Heartsie Girls ww this week!!!

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  9. These look awesome I find fancy jewellery fascinating :-)

    Have a sparklingtastic week :-)

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  10. Beautiful jewelry. One time I saw a necklace pendant that I just loved, so I stopped in front of the window to draw the design. My mom and dad made sliver jewelry at home, so I took them the design and received an even more special version of the design, including a hand polished stone in the middle. - Margy

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  11. Beautiful pieces!! I love the "Climb the Arm" bracelet - that is gorgeous!!

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  12. What a fun display to happen upon! Having a fashion background, I love all that stuff!

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  13. Cool costume jewelry! I'd love to wear the arm bracelet to a fairy festival.

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  14. I would have just loved to see this exhibit in person! Thank you so much for sharing it with us.

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    1. It was one of those things. It was amazing to see.

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  15. Very classy jewelery!

    I've never seen Gone With the Wind. It's the one classic that didn't appeal to me. I know I should give it a shot though.

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    1. You need to see it. I had to watch it in film class to understand it.

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  16. Wow, that's a neat jewelry collection! I don't normally care about jewelry but think that would be an interesting exhibit.

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    1. Most likely I care even less, but it was a great exhibit.

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  17. Wow, what a great collection.

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  18. oh wow, that chestplate is absolutley GORGEOUS!

    thanks for stopping by at http://www.homeofohm.com/2015/06/cuteness-alert-inchworm-video.html :)

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  19. Oh my gosh...such gorgeous pieces.
    In my off-farm-life I'm a goldsmith, so these pieces positively **sing** to me. Thank you for sharing your photos of them!

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  20. Pretty.

    http://joycelansky.blogspot.com/2015/06/ww-expensive-cantaloupe.html

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  21. you keep stumbling at lovely places..what great designs...Love those jewelleries..

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    1. This was a pure stumble. They were beautiful.

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  22. Awesome pieces! Thanks for joining us on Oh My Heartsie Girl Wordless Wednesday!

    Shellie
    www.thefabjourney.com

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  23. That would be really cool to see, Patrick. Aren't you the lucky one? :D Have a fototastic week!

    My recent post...Gnarled Tree #WW

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  24. Wow! Great collection! I'm not a huge fan of gold jewelery, but these are epic!

    NovelBrews

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  25. What a fun exhibit to stumble upon!

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  26. oh this is amazing!!! I actually recognized the Scarlett OHara piece! this would be so much fun to see.

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  27. This looks so amazing! Pinned and tweeted! Thanks for being a part of our party. I hope to see you, Monday at 7 pm. Lou Lou Girls

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    1. You will always see me. LOL. It was amazing to see.

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  28. Wow the breast plate is absolutely stunning! Looks like there were so many amazing pieces to see! Thanks for joining the Link-It To Me Link Party this week, I hope you will party with us again next week!

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  29. Great photos, thank you for sharing this with us at Good Morning Mondays. Blessings

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  30. Wow stunning! Thanks for linking up to #brilliantblogpots x

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