That’s a real Russian sable wrapped around French actress Anouk Aimée in this shot from Vogue’s February 1965 issue. The jewels, however, are totally faux.
Both large rhinestone bracelets are costume pieces by designer Jack Gilbert, who three decades earlier cofounded the jewelry company Vogue (no relation to the magazine), which was known for creating figure pins in the 1940s and multistrand crystal rope necklaces in the ’50s.
In the ’60s, like fellow fashion jewelers Napier and Kenneth Jay Lane, Vogue was about making statements—big statements. “Stuff by Jack Gilbert was really spectacular,” says Melinda Lewis, cofounder of Costume Jewelers Collectors International and author of The Napier Co.: Defining 20th Century American Costume Jewelry. “Like huge bracelets with a separate section of twisted beads almost like a torsade and then what looks like a giant flower on top.”
And they were fairly easy to get: Vogue sold its jewels mostly at U.S. department stores. These two exquisite pieces were for sale at Saks Fifth Avenue.