Although wearing jewelry is a personal choice and women don’t have to adorn themselves in silver, gold, and gems, jewelry can be a great way to showcase someone’s personality and style. It can be fun to wear and to accessorize. In this article, we’ll be looking at a few of the most iconic women of the past century and getting a closer look at some of the jewelry they wore.
The Style and Grace of Audrey Hepburn
Audrey Hepburn is one of the most well-known and beloved actresses to have graced the silver screen. She’s as stunning as any of the jewelry she ever wore in a film, but there are some pieces from her films that come in a close second.
One of her most famous movies was Breakfast at Tiffany’s. During the promotion of the film in 1961, she wore the Ribbon Rosette, a necklace that features 128.54 carats of diamonds. You can still see the necklace at the Fifth Avenue store in NYC. In her film Funny Face from 1957, she can be seen wearing a beautiful diamond headdress and diamond earrings. In My Fair Lady from 1964, she wears a stunning diamond tiara, choker, and earrings. Of course, these are just a few of the films where she’s wearing jewelry that is almost as beautiful as she is.
Check out some of her movies and images of her online to see more. She is pure class, and you won’t be disappointed.
Frida Kahlo: An Artist with Style
Frida Kahlo remains one of the most famous painters in the world. In many of her self-portraits, as well as photos of Kahlo, you can see that she’s adorned with an array of different types of jewelry. Since she was an artist, she found many ways to accessorize with jewelry of different types.
The pieces that she tended to wear fell into several main categories. You will notice a number of pre-Columbian beads and necklaces and carved pieces that were from Mexico, as well as jewelry that was styled after that of the Spanish and Portuguese.
When you look at her work and photos of her, you will notice a range of different types of jewelry that tended to be chunky. She also liked dangling earrings and hoop earrings, as well as heavy silver rings. The rings were popular in many parts of Mexico, and this particular style often came from Taxco. This area had a range of silver mines, as well as smiths that would create jewelry.
Take some time to check out some of her work and images of her to get a better sense of the different types of jewelry she favored.
A Hollywood Fairytale
Grace Kelly was a popular actress in the 1950s in films such as Rear Window, Dial M for Murder, and To Catch a Thief. Becoming a famous and wealthy actress is the dream of many. However, her life changed even more in 1955 when she met Prince Rainier III, the Prince of Monaco, at the Cannes Film Festival. It was not long after that they married, and she became the Princess of Monaco. She went from Hollywood stardom to real-life royalty.
Her engagement ring was a diamond and ruby eternity band. It is said to have represented the colors on Monaco’s flag. There is even a rumor that the stones had come from jewelry from the Monegasque royal family. The Prince gave her a second engagement ring right before they were married to go along with the first. It was a 10.48-carat diamond ring that can be seen in the movie High Society from 1956.
There are images from a gala at the Monaco Opera House that show her wearing a beautiful diamond necklace that was somewhere between 38 and 64 carats. These are just some of the different pieces of jewelry that she wore, and you can find other images online.
The Beauty of Beyoncé
Beyoncé is another woman that doesn’t need to adorn herself with jewelry to shine. However, when she is in jewels, they tend to be quite impressive. She seems to like a range of different styles, colors, and combinations, and you can find a host of images online to see just how fashionable she is. Her engagement ring was a flawless emerald-cut diamond solitaire by Lorraine Schwartz. Schwartz is a favorite, as she has many beautiful earrings from the designer, too.
As you start to look through the images and videos of Beyoncé, you will notice that there’s not just one style that she’s partial to. She sometimes wears chunky gold necklaces, emeralds, bracelets, and more. Sometimes, they are small and subdued and other times they are focal points. Regardless of what she chooses, she knows how to accessorize well for any outfit and any occasion.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg: The Fashion Icon You Didn’t Know
While she is certainly one of the most iconic women in history, you might not always think of RBG as a fashion icon, especially when she was in her formal judge’s attire. However, looking a little bit closer, you can see how she brought style and color to the robes. She was fond of earrings, and would sometimes wear necklaces and a brooch, as well. These never distracted or made her look unprofessional, but they would instead accentuate her look.
If you know anything about RBG, then you also know that she was fond of wearing various types of collars with her outfits. In some cases, they might be a plain white, lace collar. She’s also worn gold scalloped collars and lace jabots. Once you start to get a better look at the different accessories she wore, you can see how she not only brought a level head to the Supreme Court but also a heaping helping of style.
Of course, these are just a handful of the iconic women throughout our history that have worn beautiful jewelry. You might have a few of your own favorites that aren’t on this list.