Christie’s to Offer a Beautiful Rectangular-Cut Diamond Ring Owned by Gloria Swanson


PARIS.- Christie’s Jewels Department will offer a beautiful rectangular-cut diamond ring weighing 5.1 carats (estimate: €70,000-100,000) in Paris on May 23rd. This ring belonged to Gloria Swanson, the American actress, who was a superstar of the silent movies and critically acclaimed for her role in the Hollywood classic Sunset Boulevard (1950). By the mid-1920s Swanson was the highest paid actress in Hollywood. It was reported that she made and spent over $8 million in the alone. Her studio contract required her to wear the latest clothes and jewelry whenever she appeared in public, at her own expense. Gloria’s personal taste in jewelry was so extravagant that she hardly needed this directive; it is believed that her annual jewelry budget was $500,000. Sometimes credited with starting the fashion for wearing colorful jewelry, she wore an important emeralds, amethyst and gold necklace by Paul Iribe in the movi