Today's Daily Jewel is a Van Cleef & Arpels Ruby Cuff Bracelet worn by Marlene Dietrich, it is a stunner!!! As a huge fan of all things vintage I absolutely loved Jewel du jour's post all about this amazing piece of jewelry and history.
Marlene Dietrich’s ruby and diamond Jarretière cuff bracelet made by Van Cleef & Arpels circa 1937
Considered a masterpiece of 1930s design, the bracelet was first commissioned by Dietrich at the suggestion of Erich Maria Remarque, a close friend and companion at the time. Remarque proposed that she combine all her bits of jewelry to create one fabulous piece. Diamond earrings, a diamond necklace, a matching ruby bracelet and earrings, and several other pieces were taken apart and reconstructed into the iconic bracelet. As a personal friend of Dietrich’s and designer of the bracelet, Louis Arpels made certain that the final product would not disappoint.
Theatre Thriller: Marlene Dietrich and Michael Wilding publicity shot for Alfred Hitchcock’s Stage Fright.
Another portrait of Marlene Dietrich wearing her beloved Van Cleef & Arpels bracelet
Later that year, the ruby bracelet was sold for a staggering $990,000 by Sotheby’s New York as part of her estate. The bracelet now belongs to an anonymous private collection.
Courtesy of Jewels Du Jour
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