‘Goodness! What lovely diamonds!’

… said the hatcheck girl to Maudie Triplett, played by Mae West in her 1932 debut film, Night After Night, which starred George Raft. "Goodness had nothing to do with it, dearie," West shot back, making her an overnight sensation. Mary Jane "Mae" West (1893-1980) not only wore prop diamonds in films but also had her own small collection of real diamond jewelry. When she died in 1980, her jewelry was left to her longtime friend Charles Krauser, a champion bodybuilder, wrestler, circus roadie, and member of West's chorus line in her 1950s nightclub act. Krauser, who was 30 years younger than West, was devoted to her. West's diamonds remained untouched in his safe deposit box until his death last year. Now some of the jewels belong to Austin jeweler and Master Gemologist Appraiser Kirk Root, who can lay claim to ownership of the world's largest private collection of Mae West diamond j
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