Hollywood Glamour: Jewelry from the Silver Screen

Thursday 19 October 2017 5:30pm - 8:00pmTickets not yet available
Series Pricing: $80, $40 Member, $28 Student; Individual Lecture Pricing: $20, $10 Member, $7 Student

Location: Visitor Center Theater

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This program is the third part of the Spectacular lecture series

During the 1930s and 1940s, actresses like Joan Crawford, Mae West, and Claudette Colbert graced the silver screen dripping in diamonds.

Collection of Neil Lane

Bow bracelet, Attributed to Paul Flato, American, 1900-1999, American, about 1940, Gold, citrine



Collection of Neil Lane Bow bracelet, Attributed to Paul Flato, American, 1900-1999, American, about 1940, Gold, citrine

Collection of Neil Lane

June Knight’s Multi-use Necklace, By Trabert & Hoeffer, Inc. – Mauboussin, American, 1936-1953, American, late 1930s, Platinum, carved sapphire, diamond



Collection of Neil Lane June Knight’s Multi-use Necklace, By Trabert & Hoeffer, Inc. – Mauboussin, American, 1936-1953, American, late 1930s, Platinum, carved sapphire, diamond

Collection of Neil Lane 

Mae West’s Aquamarine bracelet and brooch, American, about 1940, Platinum, aquamarine, diamond



Collection of Neil Lane Mae West’s Aquamarine bracelet and brooch, American, about 1940, Platinum, aquamarine, diamond

Influencing trends in jewelry and publicizing the names of jewelers-to-the-stars like Paul Flato and Trabert & Hoeffer—Mauboussin, their choices had a lasting impact on American tastes in jewelry. Combining glamorous images and film clips, Dr. Emily Stoehrer will share tales about the jewelry worn on- and off-screen by America’s most famous movie stars.

Event Timeline

5:30-6:30 p.m.: Self-guided touring of the Mansion and Spectacular!   
6-6:30 p.m.: Members-only wine-and-cheese reception. Join today! 
6:30-7:30 p.m.: Lecture

About the Speaker

Dr. Emily Stoehrer is the Rita J. Kaplan and Susan B. Kaplan Curator of Jewelry at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She co-curated Hollywood Glamour: Fashion & Jewelry from the Silver Screen (2014-2015) and further investigated the effect of on-screen jewelry in her doctoral dissertation Hollywood Tastemaker: Jewelling the Red Carpet, The Neil Lane Collection, 1995-2010 (2016).

About the Spectacular Lecture Series

Join us and explore centuries of appreciation of gems and jewelry in this fascinating four-part series. Learn about how they captivated diverse cultures through history and continue to enthrall contemporary audiences. Gain insights of what makes a stone great, revel in the glamour of jewelry design in the 1930s and 40s, and immerse yourself in the Merriweather Post collection, arguably one of the most impressive jewelry ensembles of the 20th century.

Spectacular Gems and Jewelry from the Merriweather Post Collection was conceived of and organized by Hillwood’s chief curator and director of collections, Liana Paredes, who also wrote the publication of the same name. Liana passed away at her home on March 16, 2017. 

Thursday, October 5: Spectacular: The Merriweather Post Collection of Gems and Jewelry by Kate Markert

Thursday, October 12: Smithsonian Gems by Jeffrey Post

Thursday, October 19: Hollywood Glamour: Jewelry from the Silver Screen by Emily Stohrer

Thursday, October 26: Contemporary Interest in Gems and Jewelry, a conversation with Aja Raden and Kate Markert

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