Kathleen Lynagh Jewelry Design
Custom Jewelry Designer and Maker in San Diego

Designing jewelry for film, TV & costume industry

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Jewelry in Films

Carole Lombard Star Sapphire Brooch | Research & Design

 
Carole Lombard’s “goose egg” of a star sapphire was an outstanding gemstone. How would we ever find a gem like this one?
brooch

After searching for weeks with various gem dealers, we decided to recreate the gem in glass. Figuring out the size of the sapphire was tricky due to the fact that several of the newspapers reported different carat weights for the star (anywhere from 150-157 carats). We used a gemstone calculator and determined the size of the gemstone from a scaled photograph of the brooch. With our best estimates in diameter and height we were able to come to the agreement that 152 carats was about right.

With the resources on the internet we connected with Hollywood historians/collectors and found several pictures of Carole Lombard wearing her brooch, on and off screen. We use these images to develop the re-creative design drawings. Once the drawings were approved we then started carving the wax model.

Kathleen Lynagh Design

Kathleen Lynagh Design

Working with the costume at the studio

Working with the costume at the studio

Emerald and Diamond brooch - sample for setting details

Emerald and Diamond brooch - sample for setting details

Inspiration for the color of blue.

Inspiration for the color of blue.

Since we knew we could not have the star made and we could not locate one we decided to have it re-created in glass. It was here in San Diego we found a glass artist willing to work with us on this project. Click here to meet Kathleen Mitchell.