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    Marlene Dietrich’s Jarretière bracelet

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     Marlene Dietrich wearing her Van Cleef & Arpels Jarretière bracelet
    Marlene Dietrich wearing her Van Cleef & Arpels Jarretière bracelet

    Van Cleef & Arpels’ ambassador in the 1930s and 1940s was none other than Marlene Dietrich. The Blue Angel was also a personal friend of Louis and Hélène Arpels. Encouraged by Louis Arpels, she ordered her famous Jarretière bracelet from the Paris boutique circa 1937. The resulting creation is a masterpiece of 1930s design.

    This oversized bracelet was composed of a large loop decorated with concentric rows of cushion-shaped rubies, surrounded by baguette and round diamonds. The reverse of the loop featured a petal motif in round diamonds, while the articulated strap was set with round and baguette-cut diamonds. The mounting was in platinum.

    Dietrich made the Jarretière bracelet a part of her life and was often photographed with the dazzling bangle on her wrist. She can be seen wearing it in Alfred Hitchcock’s Stage Fright, shot in London in 1950. According to family tradition, it was the only piece of jewelry with which she was reluctant to part. It was finally sold for $990,000 at Sotheby’s shortly before her death in 1992. This bracelet is now part of an anonymous private collection.

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