Marilyn Monroe – A Diamond’s Best Friend

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To help celebrate the new movie My Week with Marilyn about Marilyn Monroe, in theaters this holiday weekend, today we pay tribute to the woman in focus. Marilyn Monroe was definitely a style icon, from her glamorous dresses to the jewelry she wore in films and made famous. Many often think of Marilyn as having an enormous collection of designer jewelry, but in fact most of what she owned was costume jewelry.

There were two sides to this style icon: the parts she played on-screen as a diamond-dripping diva and her private role as a more modest lady. Let’s examine both.

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The iconic image of Marilyn Monroe singing “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend” in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes sums up what we often think of when we think Marilyn. After the successful film, she helped promote fine jewelry lines by wearing their pieces. She continued to be a fashion and beauty icon in films such as There’s No Business like Show Business and Some Like it Hot. You can replicate her stunning style with the help of either dazzling Swarovski crystals or clear cubic zirconiapieces. You can learn how to make a necklace or get started making jewelry by visiting the Learning Center for free jewelry making ideas with step-by-step instructions.

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Although she was loaned many stylish pieces for her various appearances and promotions, her personal collection only consisted of a platinum and diamond eternity ring and a pearl necklace—both given to her by her husband, Joe DiMaggio. Her eternity band was set with 35-baguette diamonds and sold for $772,500 to an anonymous bidder. The 16-inch strand of 44 Mikimoto pearls was just as glamorous. If you feel inspired by the real Marilyn, strand your own pearl necklace with some of our freshwater pearls or elegant Swarovski Crystal Pearls for a remarkable accessory. Even though her personal collection of fine jewelry was minimal, Marilyn’s jewelry mainly consisted of costume jewelry. Costume jewelry is still a fine addition to anyone’s jewelry box, whether you’re a movie screen starlett or everyday woman.

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    • m.baxter
    • November 25, 2011

    I enjoy watching jewelry in movies. I never realized until recently how carefully jewelry is picked for different roles. one of my favorites is in a little known movie called Confessions of a shopoholic. While the character is burdened by debt she wears a huge anchor necklace. There are probably more… But that one comes to mind.

    • Teresa
    • November 28, 2011

    I’m going to need one of those anchor necklaces.

    Just watched “There’s No Business like Show Business” yesterday. To give you an idea of how huge Marilyn was, she only had a minor part and yet was the only person on the movie poster. She was great in it!

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