Iconic Jewelry From Hollywood’s Golden Years And The Stories Behind Their Appearances

Nothing beats the glamour of Old Hollywood: Audrey Hepburn, Barbra Streisand, Marilyn Monroe. The outfits in these movies would shape future costume designs and fashion trends to come.

While jewelers now pay actors to wear their designs on the red carpet, In Hollywood’s golden days, actresses paid for their own specially-designed jewelry or borrowed pieces that caught their eye. The pieces actresses chose spanned from a 500-year-old royal necklace to a chain that could be taken apart and repurposed into bracelets and tiaras. Here are some of the most glamorous, breathtaking, fabulous jewels worn by classic Hollywood actresses.

Tiaras aren’t just for princesses. Read on to see the first tiara ever worn to the Oscars.

Marilyn Monroe Wears The Oldest Piece Of Jewelry In A Movie

Marilyn Monroe wearing the Moon of Baroda
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It’s no secret that Marilyn Monroe’s wardrobe in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes sparked the diamond craze in the ’50s. Along with introducing the phrase “diamonds are a girl’s best friend,” Monroe brought out one of the oldest Hollywood jewels in this movie.

The Moon of Baroda is Monroe’s pear-shaped, yellow diamond necklace. The Maharajah of Baroda, India owned the piece for over 500 years. In the 18th century, Empress Maria Theresa of Austria wore it, as did Marie Antoinette. In 1943, Meyer Rosenbaum purchased it and lent it to Monroe for the movie.