|Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan in The Great Gatsby. Definitely too young for this Tiffany headband!|
I am in the middle of the book Ava Gardner: The Secret Conversations by Peter Evans and Ava Gardner and really loving it. It’s a window into old Hollywood by somebody who was there and married a few of the most famous men of the day as well! A full review of the book will come in January. Last night I read a great passage where Ava describes being married to Mickey Rooney, who was a huge star in the late 1930s and early 40s because of his popular “Andy Hardy” movies. Mickey liked to bet, big time, on horses, and Ava describes what it was like being a 19-year-old bride who would be given a gorgeous piece of jewelry by her husband one week, only to have to give it back the next.
“Mick also bought me the most beautiful diamond ring, a real iceberg—and asked for it back the following week to pay off his bookies. Talk about feast and famine, honey…although not many people knew about the famine side of that marriage. In true Hollywood style, they only saw the feast.
Actually, I didn’t mind the ring going back, well not too much, anyway—diamonds are an acquired taste and at nineteen I still hadn’t acquired it. Anyway, diamonds look tacky on a woman before she’s forty.”
I love that last line! It reminds me so much of what Truman Capote wrote in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, one of Holly Golightly’s pieces of wisdom:
“Not that I give a hoot about jewelry. Diamonds, yes. But it’s tacky to wear diamonds before you’re forty; and even that’s risky. They only look right on the really old girls. Maria Ouspenskaya. Wrinkles and bones, white hair and diamonds: I can’t wait.”
Interesting, I wonder if this was the idea of the day among younger ladies. Of course, this means that Daisy Buchanan (as played by Carey Mulligan in The Great Gatsby, above) was way too young for that amazing Tiffany diamond headband. Carey is only twenty-eight and I am sure Daisy was under thirty in the novel.
How fun to think that, according to Ava Gardner and Holly Golightly, I am just beginning my prime diamond-wearing years!
I can’t picture myself in a diamond tiara or gigantic diamond necklace ever, but here are two diamond pieces I would not kick out of my jewelry box.
|I would not say no to this Cartier Trinity Sauvage ring with three types of gold, diamonds, and black lacquer!|
|Princess-Cut diamond earrings from Blue Nile. Make mine a half-carat each, at least!|
Are you a fan of diamonds? And what do you make of Ava and Holly’s sentiments regarding the proper age to wear them?