Susan Hayward's Star Brooch | Research & Design
No matter how rough the sketch may be - we can figure how the design was made and make it. The above image is what we started our project, the initial conceptual sketch by Larry McQueen
It is not easy to re-create jewelry from a moving picture. We had very few studio images to work with, and none of them showed the full brooch. The above image is what we had to work with from the film. We could tell it was a multiple leveled design - mostly emerald and diamond. And we believed it to be fine jewelry not costume jewelry. Perhaps one of Ms Haywards own brooches.
Typically jewelry from the 1940’s - 60’s focused on large beautiful cabochons. The radiating star brooch was very popular and finding samples to develop were fairly easy. All we needed to do was find the right color green and then find a gem we could afford.
We knew the brooch had a few levels - three seemed to be the best guess. So we completed the drawings and processed to making the wax models. Carving in wax is one of the lost arts and it happens to be my specialties.