Friday, September 30, 2011

Diamonds are forever

"I never worry about diets. The only carrots that interest me are the number you get in a diamond." (Mae West)
As a person of modest means I didn’t really get the allure of diamond jewelry, not truly. But then I started passionately watching movies from the 50’s and 60’s and I was suddenly hooked on all the glitter and promise.

Elizabeth Taylor

Collecting pictures with the icons of old Hollywood such as Mae West, Lana Turner, Elizabeth Taylor and Marlene Dietrich will do that to you. These amazing ladies loved a little (and by little I mean a lot) bling; they were always so impeccably glamorous.

 The legendary blue dress designed by Edith Head and worn by Grace Kelly in To Catch a Thief

You just can’t watch Hitchcock’s “To Catch a Thief” (1955) and not wish to go back in time. You’ll just dream of driving a blue convertible on a winding mountain road (preferably without a police car following you) with the French Riviera at you feet while wearing swing shaped dresses in pastel colors, sunglasses and stacks of diamond anniversary rings on your fingers.

There’s no other way of living when you’re as flawless as Grace Kelly. You can only hope for somebody with half of Cary’s Grant swagger. But I would definitely settle for living near Cannes and sometimes spending a week or two at Carlton.

Cary Grant and Grace Kelly in promotional photo for To Catch a Thief
You’ll start getting the magic of a beautifully made diamond anniversary band after seeing “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” (1953), a thrilling musical comedy in glittering Technicolor with Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russel directed by Howard Hawks.

While most of the fabulous jewelry used in movies are high quality make believes, Marilyn Monroe actually wore a pear-shaped diamond on screen while singing the now iconic “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend”. And why shouldn’t they be exactly that? Ice cream just doesn’t cut it sometimes.

"Do you think it's too small, Dorothy?" - Lorelei Lee in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Which brings me at Anjolee – they have a gorgeous rings selection - my absolute favorite is the anniversary band, just imagine a couple of these babies stacked on your finger, I can just see an awesome mix and match of different gemstones – a huge trend right now. Anjolee also allows any of their jewelry designs to be customized by metal type (yellow gold, white gold or platinum), diamond quality, size and length making anybody feel like a movie star.

How do you feel about diamonds? Any great movies come in mind?

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29 comentarii :

Alina F. said...

Beautiful!These ladies were amazing and...everybody loves diamonds. A girl can dream, right?!

Mikimoto Angel said...

Hey, I'm sorry about not visiting your blog lately. Been very busy. Hehe

Diamonds are a girl's bestfriend indeed! :-)

Much love from Mystic Nymph.

lapetiteblonde said...

love diamonds!!nice pictures!!
and pretty ladies!!

The Dainty Doll's House said...

Gorgeous!! I used to like diamonds, but I've kind of gone off them due to the ways they are most times gotten and the labour people have to go through to get them. But, they are really beautiful!! Hope you have a great weekend xx

Iulia Romana said...

Acum chiar vreau sa vad Gentlemen Prefer Blondes ! Foarte tare :x

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Evelyn said...

aghhhh!!yes I want those babies on my finger too ;P

notsoChiara said...

Beautiful post... I dig diamonds alot and they are just perfect for girls hands!!


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stilistele said...

this article was a real pleasure to read, Alice.
The wedding rings on that link are brilliant, I am actually looking for some and didn't find anything that fancy by now.

le monde de skadiida said...

they were all so beautiful! (:


Karen said...

Love the Mae West quote!! Thanks for following and o course I would love to follow back!!


Tamra {walkswithBella} said...

The classics teach us the important things in life, and diamonds are forever. :)

Roxane said...

queste donne sono bellissime! comunque è vero, i diamanti sono persempre! io non vedo l'ora che arrivi il mio principe azzurro che mi regali un anello di diamanti enorme! ;) passa nel mio blog se ti va!

sassycasual said...

Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend ;)

As for movies - Flawless, Blood diamond, Pretty Woman... :D

Cute post.

Anca said...

I used to feel the same about diamonds - not really getting it. But, as you start learning more about them, what they mean, how they are made and cut and all the Cs, the start to grow on you..and of course there's something almost classically magic about them. Oh, they shine so pretty in daylight :D

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Chyrel Gomez said...

Diamonds are always a girls best friend. Love the classics, too. :)

Miksu said...

Diamonds are so adorable! I connect them with luxury world, royal people :D They're so elegant!


Andy said...

Breakfast at Tiffany's! :D

ChiChi81 said...

These ladies sure know how to pick the perfect bling! Gosh, all that sparkles are really truly a sight to behold... And yes, sometimes ice cream just doesn't make the cut, however, diamonds never fail to make a woman glow :)


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J'Adore Fashion said...

I love vintage pictures...lovely pictures and inspiring!


Emily of The Best of this Life said...

I love diamonds! And, I love the movie Gentleman Prefer Blondes - it's one of my all time favorite movies...the clothes, the dancing,!! :)

Another movie that comes to mind about diamonds...
James Bond - Diamonds are Forever...the search for missing diamonds.

Thanks for coming by The Best of this Life!
I'm now following too

xo Emily

Anonymous said...

such lovely vintage photos! marilyn and grace were really stunners.. and still are!

Jelisaveta said...

Great post and photos! :)

Anonymous said...

love this post!

miss_fashionmix said...

Oh, I agree with you! I think we, girls, have to be in the certain age to start to appreciate diamonds!!:) I started to pay attention to precious stones just now, in my mid. 20ies.

Sam said...

Lovely post! I've never been a fan of diamonds and I don't think I'll ever be, but that doesn't means that it's all so pretty and sparkly!!

naiad said...

i adore diamonds!!!! i'd loved a diamond necklace!!!!! seems a bit impossible at the moment:(
you have such a nice blog here! i'd loved it if we followed each other:D

Sarah said...

I've never been too interested in the stunningly expensive jewel--I tend to like less "normal" things anyway, haha--but I can appreciate the gorgeousness of some pieces. You hit the nail on the head talking about their older glory in the 40s, 50s, and 60s. Fun post to read!

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