Ever wonder what happened to all those fantastic pieces of movie jewelry that don’t land in the auction houses? Chances are, they began life here, in this wonderland of silver-screen bling in Burbank, California.
This fantastic article & photo journal by Collectors Weekly tells the little-known story of Eugene & Joan Joseff, the founding couple of silver-screen jewelry. Together, this dynamic duo revolutionized the trends of film fashion & period jewelry. The Joseffs were responsible for thousands of jewelry designs – from the smallest accessories & findings to the most iconic statement pieces of Hollywood’s golden age.
Hidden Gems: Lost Hollywood Jewelry Trove Uncovered in Burbank Warehouse
Their pristine design warehouse still showcases a hoard of beautiful creations that would drive many collectors mad with envy. What kind of pieces would you find? Elizabeth Taylor’s serpent jewelry from “Cleopatra” rests beside the pearl earrings Marilyn Monroe wore in “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.” A glance away is Scarlett O’Hara’s “Gone With The Wind” necklace and the opulent Elizabethan-style pearl & gem necklace worn by Bette Davis in the classic “The Private Lives of Elizabeth & Essex.”
Stars like Greta Garbo, Katharine Hepburn, Rita Hayworth, portrayed many of their most famous roles decked out in custom jewelry from the Joseff’s. Their prolific collection of historical costume jewelry and bejeweled props of every description remains neatly archived in this modest studio.
Energetic young couple Joan & Eugene Joseff at the beginning of their career.
Images from Collectors Weekly