Rose-cut diamond bracelet, late 19th century
Mary Pickford (1892-1979) who began her career in silent films is considered to be the first real movie star. Known as 'America's Sweetheart' for her girlish innocence, she rose to the status of icon where her every activity was reported by the press. She made the transition from silent films to talkies effortlessly and won a Best Actress Academy Award for her first speaking role in Coquette. In 1920, she married fellow film star Douglas Fairbanks, another member of Hollywood royalty. Their mansion in Beverly Hills named "Pickfair" became the home of Hollywood's most gilttering social events. The couple had good business instincts as well as talent. Only a year earlier they founded the film distribution company United Artists along with Charlie Chaplin and the director D.W. Griffiths. Mary Pickford starred in her last film in 1933 but she acquired, and wore, beautiful jewels for most of her life. Although it is not known for certain when she acquired the present bracelet, it is likely that it was a gift to her from Douglas Fairbanks.
For additional information on Mary Pickford and her jewelry collection, see Stefano Papi and Alexandra Rhodes, Famous Jewelry Collectors, pp. 21-29.