Ever wondered about the most stylish women’s and celebrity fashion jewelry?
Among the many celebrity fashion jewelry icons, these personalities and their women’s fashion jewelry are perhaps the most enduring:
Jackie Kennedy Onassis (Jacqueline Lee Bouvier)
The mystique and glamour surrounding Jacqueline Lee Bouvier has permanently established her as the First Lady of Camelot. The leading debutant of her time, Jackie was the paragon of poise and style. Perhaps the most endearing symbols of her include her pillbox hats, coats with large buttons, penchant for antique fashion jewelry, art and design.
Jackie Kennedy Onassis loved simple jewelry that was neither gaudy nor showy. Among her favorite celebrity jewels include her diamond and emerald engagement ring, gold cuffs from Van Cleef and Arpels, her Tiffany bangle bracelets (which became known as ‘Jackie bracelets’). Everyone then embraced the Jackie style – youthful yet traditional, stylish but not pretentious.
Barbara ‘Babe’ Paley
Another fashion icon of her time, Babe Paley was the symbol of exquisite taste. With her almost flawless grace and beauty, she appeared on the Best-Dressed List 14 times and entered the Fashion Hall of Fame in 1958. Her favorite women’s fashion jewelry: gems. Over her lifetime, Babe Paley accumulated more than $1 million worth of baubles from some of the finest jewelers – including Cartier, Tiffany, Bulgari and Verdura.
Well known for her contribution to fashion and art and the Millicent Rogers Museum, Millicent Rogers is a fashion icon in the world of decorative art. She loved nature jewelry, and the women’s fashion jewelry we remember her most for include the Lion’s Paw Shell brooch (Verdura) and the Jeweled String Bean brooch (Jean Schlumberger). Simple and elegant, the former’s fine fashion jewelry design radiates a distinctly American style: the use of diamonds on a shell.
Joan Crawford (Lucille Fay LeSeuer)
The single quote that best describes Joan Crawford: ‘I never go out unless I look like Joan Crawford, the movie star. If you want to see the girl next door, go next door.’ The image of her has been carefully constructed with meticulous attention to detail. Joan Crawford had a bold taste in jewelry. The celebrity jewel that most appeals to her: the largest gems. In fact, sapphires became known as ‘Joan Blue’ over time under her influence. Some of the symbols of her celebrity fashion jewelry: a 70-carat star sapphire engagement ring, a 72-karat sapphire.
Clare Booth Luce
Yet a quote best describes this fashion icon: ‘Because I am a woman, I must make unusual efforts to succeed. If I fail, no one will say, ‘She doesn’t have what it takes.’ They will say, ‘Women don’t have what it takes.’ Multi-talented and strongly outspoken, she was a journalist, playwright, politician and diplomat. Celebrity fashion jewelry for her was directed by a strong sense of independent will and taste.
Countess Mona Bismarck
A fashion icon in the 1920s, Countess Mona Bismarck left indelible imprints on the legacy of celebrity fashion jewelry. She especially liked period pieces, such as those created by Cartier and Jean Schlumberger. One of the time-worn images of her is that of the ‘enormous pearls gleaming on her immaculate skin’; her sapphire beads with pearls has long entered the realm of celebrity vintage and antique fashion jewelry.
Women’s fashion jewelry has evolved with the times, but each fashion icon depicted here has captured an immortal slice of the American memory. These movers have sculpted the direction of celebrity fashion jewelry; for celebrities, jewelry has become an increasingly important component of their image. Don’t hesitate to draw fashion ideas from these models of celebrity vintage!