The original and best blonde bombshell, Monroe defined the age as one of the most glamorous stars in Hollywood. Born Norma Jean, Monroe soon found success in movies such as The Seven Year Itch, Some Like It Hot and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, before her death in 1960.
There are two images of Marilyn Monroe that have endured, that of her in the white dress over the air vent in The Seven Year Itch and of course her pink gown with matching gloves and diamonds in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Yet in spite of the latter, Monroe’s own personal collection only comprised of two pieces of valuable jewelery, a diamond eternity ring, set with 35 baguette diamonds and a pearl necklace, both of which were given to her by husband Joe DiMaggio.
However, Monroe was a purveyor of the now customary practise of jeweller’s loaning their items to Hollywood stars. Her many public and promotional appearances helped a long list of jewellers which was even recognised by the industry. Indeed, Monroe was given an award by the Jewellery Academy, presented by its then-President Sidney Brownstein, the gong is inscribed with the following; "To Marilyn Monroe, the best friend a diamond ever had."
Marilyn in a publicity shot with The Moon of Boroda, a 24 carat pear-shaped yellow diamond.
Marilyn helped to start the trend of jewellers loaning out to Hollywood stars.
"A kiss on the hand might be quite continental but diamonds are a girl’s best friend..." - lyrics from "Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend" from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes