A Lily-Bright Claudette Colbert in Trabert & Hoeffer



Claudette Colbert’s character in 1935’s The Gilded Lily looked like she was dripping in jewels. Yet Colbert wore only one necklace: Composed of interchangeable parts, it could be disassembled and worn in other scenes as a bracelet, a brooch, even a tiara. The jewel’s centerpiece—an 83 ct. ruby known as the Star of Burma—could double as an enormous cocktail ring.  The necklace was made by New York City jeweler Trabert & Hoeffer (the firm merged with Mauboussin in 1936), which was considered the Neil Lane of its day—a jeweler to the stars, says Yvonne Markowitz, author of
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