After traveling for several days I came across this wonderful exhibit and my jet lag instantly went away.
Joseff of Hollywood: Jeweler to the Stars
SFO Museum Exhibit
The exhibition is on view to all Airport visitors from January 30, 2015, to July 27, 2015.
There is no charge to view the exhibition.
Located pre-security in the International Terminal Main Hall Departures Lobby (Level 3), Pre-Security at the San Francisco International Airport.
There’s only one of the Clark Gable cigar case (1939) from ‘Gone With the Wind,’ and it was displayed here. Also exhibited were fabulous jewels worn by Rita Hayworth, Alice Faye, Ava Gardner, Joan Crawford, Elizabeth Taylor, Bette Davis, Ronald Colman, Hedy Lamarr among other silver-screen icons from the Golden Age of Cinema. All designed by Joseff of Hollywood.
A Mermaid Side Note
“In the 1948 film, Mr Peabody and the Mermaid, a sparkling mermaid tail complements Ann Blyth’s Joseff of Hollywood hair combs. A glass jewel was sewn onto each scale on the tail, some four thousand jewels in total.
The 4′ foot [1.2192 meters] long sponge rubber tail, which cost $23,000 to make, was first molded in clay & plaster. Ann Blyth [b. 1928] played the role of the innocent mute mermaid. 19 year old Blyth was 5’2″ [1.5748 meters] and weighed less than 100 pounds [45 kilo].
After being dressed in her mermaid tail for her filming scenes, the petite actress was carried on a stretcher onto the studio set by staff. Small lead weights were placed at the bottom of the rubber tail to keep it from floating to the surface during Blyth’s water scenes.” -Exhibit. [ed]
“Hands down, Eugene Joseff revolutionized the way jewelry was used in movies” –CW
Joseff’s Jewelry Tips
Eugene Joseff cleverly advised women in their selection of jewelry in various periodicals:
*If you want to acquire a collection, start with a brooch because you will find the most use for it. It can be pinned on a suit lapel, collar or pocket…on a hat, a belt, or an evening gown. Remember, gold can be worn with more things than silver and topaz is a good stone that looks smart with almost every type of costume.
*Earrings should be the next jewelry investment. They also have many uses. You can wear them on your hat, cuffs, shoes, as well as on your ears.
*A ring comes next in your collection and I’d suggest finding a bold ring with a large stone…something massive and distinctive. A bracelet and a necklace come last in importance because they can so seldom be worn with all your costumes or for all occasions.
*Keep in mind that jewelry is an accent that draws the eye. With a necklace, earrings and hat or hair ornament, the eye is forced to encircle your face. If you have lovely hands, a bracelet or ring will draw attention to them.
A belt buckle, or a pin worn at the waistline, will make people notice a slender waist … Just be careful to put one important piece of jewelry in one area, to focus attention there.
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Images and References:
Ann Blythe in Mermaid Costume Image from:
Etsy.com Vintage Vogue Team
My personal jet-lagged snapshots