Katharine Hepburn in Diamonds and Platinum From Paul Flato and Fulco di Verdura

When director George Cukor needed to bejewel Katharine Hepburn as the blue-blood daughter of a rich banker for his 1938 comedy Holiday, he didn’t rely on just any costumer. He hired American jeweler Paul Flato and his most famous designer, Italian Duke Fulco di Verdura. Every proper late-’30s socialite owned a Flato by Verdura trinket (or two). Tobacco heiress Doris Duke and cosmetic tycoon Elizabeth Arden had several. “Flato jewelry appealed to women who can best be described as glamorous,” says Ward Landrigan, the current CEO of Verdura. “He was often called ‘New York society’s jeweler.’?”Flato and Verdura created several pieces, including this brooch and three-strand necklace. Both were made of diamonds set in platinum. “White on white was popular in the 1930s,” points out Elizabeth Irvine Bray, author of Paul Flato: Jeweler to the Stars. “Cukor wanted Hepburn

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