Ingrid Bergman's Pendant | Film Classic “Gaslight”


Victorian Pendant Project for The Collection of Motion Picture Costume Design

1944 Classic Film project

1944 Classic Film project

Starting a project where you are asked to recreate something unique, from the past and which is now no longer in existence is totally exciting.

Research & Design

The challenge was to remake the pendant worn by Ingrid Bergman in the movie Gaslight. I was given a handful of images from the movie to begin my research.  Many details in the pendant were impossible to see, even with a magnifier.  

Image provided by: The Collection of Motion Picture Costume Design

I was able to recognize several Victorian design elements. I had learned from my client that this pendant may have been a family own piece that was added to the costume on the set. I made the assumption that it could have been made from a production Victorian era jewelry designer.

Searching thru jewelry images and catalogues from the Victorian time period I was able to locate details that we could use for our project. I believed this to be a popular type of pendant. I knew I needed to be able to draw the details in order to make it. So I focused my energies on finding actual Victorian pendants and studying them one by one until I found the details we believed our pendant shared.

Researching Historical Jewelry:

Victorian pendant - two tone metal color details. Yellow gold with rose gold accents.

Victorian gold filled pendant. A beautiful sample of Victorian period use of color and texture.

After finding the locket shown below, I now understood the design and we could start making the project come to life
— kathleen

Victorian pendant compliments of Google search.

View showing opened pendant.

Could not believe our luck in finding this pendant online. With this in mind we then could figure out what the details for our pendant could look like. Select the button below to learn how we made the pendant. KLH