Archive for November, 2008

Vivien Leigh’s Ring to be sold at Bonhams

The Art of Jewels Sale to be held by Bonhams on 4 December in London is shaping up to be a star-studded event. A stunning 18th century diamond, ruby and emerald ring, given by Vivien Leigh, the female star of the Hollywood blockbuster Gone with the Wind, to her life-long friend, is expected to fetch £1,500-2,000.

The “giardinetto” ring, designed as a bouquet of flowers, was a gift from the actress Vivien Leigh (1913-1967) to the vendor’s grandmother, the actress Mercia Swinburne (1900-1993). The pair became life-long friends after they were introduced by Vivien’s husband, Sir Laurence Olivier.

Mercia and her husband George Relph acted in many performances with the Oliviers, including a number of plays during a six-month tour with the Old Vic Theatre Company of Australia and New Zealand in 1948. The writer George Cotterell in his book Laurence Olivier, London, 1975, records, “The Old Vic touring party comprised ten administrative and technical staff and forty actors, including some of the Oliviers’ closest friends, most notably George Relph and his wife Mercia Swinburne”. Swinburne and Leigh performed alongside one another in The School for Scandal and in the Old Vic’s revered performance of The Skin of Our Teeth. The tour was met with high acclaim.

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11 2008

Good resource on Home Jewellery Parties

If you’re planning on doing a home jewelry party, it’s always important to make sure that the party plan you choose for your home party is one that suits not only yourself, but also the people you’re inviting… You want to focus on having fun, not necessarily making money, even though the hostesses in most plans will give you a little cut most of the time…

I’ve been to a Lia Sophia and a Silpada Designs party myself, and I have to say I loved Lia Sophia way way way more, but that’s just me maybe… They looked more professional and way more prepared for the needs of my friends…

If YOU have ideas, pointers, etc… let us know in the comments section!