I think I can now state that my love for the golden years of Hollywood movies can be known as one of my defining factors. Rainy weekend afternoons and staying up late into the night, when everyone else had gone to bed, were spent watching black and white films of the early years of Hollywood’s first century. It was, and still is, a wonderful and magical way to spend hours. I recall so many of those stunning beauties of the era, decked out in the most splendid and spectacular finery that the art and costume departments of MGM, Paramount, Universal and RKO Pictures could turn out. I voraciously read everything I could get my hands on about the real movie stars: Mae West, Marlene Dietrich, Joan Crawford, Merle Oberon and so many more. These were some of the strong, modern women of their time. They had careers, fame, the love of their fans, the respect of their peers and …. they bought their own jewels. Yes, these women bought their own jewels and wore them. Sure, they could always borrow, but it just isn't the same. A woman who buys her own jewels makes a proud statement about herself to the world. She knows her own worth and isn't waiting around or hoping that a man will deliver! Though some stars were famed for their massive jewellery collections, am focussing here on the ladies who commissioned and purchased their own. These ladies were collectors of the great creative jewellers of the era: Verdura and Flato, to name just two. These men had the dream job, creating unique and fabulous pieces of wearable art that were owned and worn by the most luminous women on the planet. These men inspired me so many years ago, albeit circuitously, to be creative and find my own place in the world of jewellery.