Marlene Dietrich’s High-Style Jewelry in the 1930s



What Great Depression? High-end, high-style jewelry had its Hollywood heyday in the 1930s. Movie audiences didn’t want to see their own hard-knock lives. They wanted to see pretty people in expensive things—like Marlene Dietrich in a baguette-cut diamond and cabochon emerald Trabert & Hoeffer-Mauboussin strap bracelet in the 1936 comedy Desire. “It was well known that Dietrich collected jewelry,” says Elizabeth Irvine Bray (The Jewels of Trabert & Hoeffer-Mauboussin). “It added to the glamour to see her in her own piece.”There were more where that came from. The piece was o
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