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  • Ona Munson as "Mother" Gin Sling wearing a necklace of topaz and diamonds in the 1941 film "The Shanghai Gesture."
    • Arnold Pressburger Films
    • United Artists

    The Shanghai Gesture

    1941

    Costume seen on Ona Munson as "Mother" Gin Sling

  • Alice Faye as Baroness Cecilia Duarte wearing a necklace of topaz and diamonds in the 1941 film "That Night in Rio."
    • Twentieth Century Studios

    That Night in Rio

    1941

    Costume seen on Alice Faye as Baroness Cecilia Duarte

  • Tallulah Bankhead as Catherine the Great wearing a necklace of topaz and diamonds in the 1945 film "A Royal Scandal."
    • Twentieth Century Studios

    A Royal Scandal

    1945

    Costume seen on Tallulah Bankhead as Catherine the Great

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This magnificent necklace was designed by famous Hollywood jewelry designer Eugene Joseff. Joseff pioneered the idea of renting jewelry to the studios in order to recoup the cost of making each piece. He would often reuse the entire piece, or sometimes disassemble parts of a piece to get a different look. In the 30s and 40s, it is estimated that about 90 percent of jewelry in Hollywood films was from Joseff.

This necklace was first worn on Ona Munson as “Mother” Gin Sling in the 1941 film The Shangai Gesture. It was used again that same year on Alice Faye as Baroness Cecilia Duarte in That Night in Rio. In 1945 it was worn a third time on Tallulah Bankhead as Catherine the Great in A Royal Scandal. This time the necklace has been shortened, and some of the pieces seem to have been turned into earrings.

This necklace was on display at the SFO Museum for a while, and the museum information notes that this piece was also used in the 1947 film Forever Amber. Recycled Movie Costumes has so far been unable to find a photo of it in use. If anyone does happen to find this sighting, please do send it in.

The piece was ultimately sold at auction in 2017 for $6,400. You can see the auction listing here.

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About the Costume

This magnificent necklace was designed by famous Hollywood jewelry designer Eugene Joseff. Joseff pioneered the idea of renting jewelry to the studios in order to recoup the cost of making each piece. He would often reuse the entire piece, or sometimes disassemble parts of a piece to get a different look. In the 30s and 40s, it is estimated that about 90 percent of jewelry in Hollywood films was from Joseff.

This necklace was first worn on Ona Munson as “Mother” Gin Sling in the 1941 film The Shangai Gesture. It was used again that same year on Alice Faye as Baroness Cecilia Duarte in That Night in Rio. In 1945 it was worn a third time on Tallulah Bankhead as Catherine the Great in A Royal Scandal. This time the necklace has been shortened, and some of the pieces seem to have been turned into earrings.

This necklace was on display at the SFO Museum for a while, and the museum information notes that this piece was also used in the 1947 film Forever Amber. Recycled Movie Costumes has so far been unable to find a photo of it in use. If anyone does happen to find this sighting, please do send it in.

The piece was ultimately sold at auction in 2017 for $6,400. You can see the auction listing here.

This magnificent necklace was designed by famous Hollywood jewelry designer Eugene Joseff. Joseff pioneered the idea of renting jewelry to the studios in order to recoup the cost of making each piece. He would often reuse the entire piece, or sometimes disassemble parts of a piece to get a different look. In the 30s and 40s, it is estimated that about 90 percent of jewelry in Hollywood films was from Joseff.

This necklace was first worn on Ona Munson as “Mother” Gin Sling in the 1941 film The Shangai Gesture. It was used again that same year on Alice Faye as Baroness Cecilia Duarte in That Night in Rio. In 1945 it was worn a third time on Tallulah Bankhead as Catherine the Great in A Royal Scandal. This time the necklace has been shortened, and some of the pieces seem to have been turned into earrings.

This necklace was on display at the SFO Museum for a while, and the museum information notes that this piece was also used in the 1947 film Forever Amber. Recycled Movie Costumes has so far been unable to find a photo of it in use. If anyone does happen to find this sighting, please do send it in.

The piece was ultimately sold at auction in 2017 for $6,400. You can see the auction listing here.

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  • Eugene Joseff (Joseff of Hollywood)

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