Art Deco Jewels in their Natural Habitat

Today seems like a good day to peruse iconic portraits of Art Deco stage and screen stars that prominently feature jewelry, don’t you think?

Let’s start off with stunning shot of Louis Brooks and her pearls:

This portrait, taken by Eugene Robert Richee c.1929 is the epitome of Jazz Age glamour.


Speaking of Jazz Age glamour, we must mention the extraordinary Josephine Baker:

The toast of 1920s Paris, Baker shows the rest of us how to really pose for a portrait: wearing huge diamond earrings and sitting on a tiger skin rug.


Next, we have Brigitte Helm looking delightfully evil in her sparkly necklace/hat/thing:

This image is a publicity shot for the 1927 silent film Metropolis, a dystopian sci-fi epic that, at the time of its release, was the most expensive film ever made. Also worth noting, Brigitte was way ahead of her time with those ear-climbers. 


Here’s Gloria Swanson in another great 1927 publicity shot – this one for the film The Love of Sunya:

We especially appreciate that the jewelry matches her dress straps.


French film star Lili Damita is dripping in diamonds and pearls:

This silver screen siren starred in dozens of films from 1922 – 1937, and was married to Errol Flynn for a few brief years. This photo was taken in the early part of her career.


And lastly, we present Greta Garbo c.1931 as Mata Hari,  because that jewel-encrusted hat is just the best: