LAU­REN BA­CALL

Harper’s Bazaar (Malaysia) - - The Culture Bazaar -

My mother al­ways de­scribed my fa­ther, Humphrey Bog­art, as very sen­ti­men­tal and ro­man­tic. He of­ten gave her jew­ellery, and al­most ev­ery piece was en­graved with a sweet sen­tence or thought and his ini­tials or name. Ro­man­tic in­deed! Mother never lost her work­ing-class roots, even though she was able to af­ford gor­geous ex­pen­sive things. She loved know­ing the artists who made the pieces she wore, and she felt par­tic­u­larly con con­nected to a cou­ple of pri­vate jew­ellers, like Amy Moss and Darlen Dar­lene de Se­dle. Amy is now a friend of mine – she makes ex­quis­ite, heavy pieces out of 22-karat gold, some with stones – and I have fond mem­o­riesm of her meet­ing my mother and me at a ho­tel in Los An­ge­les tot show us her lat­est de­signs. I bought Mother a few of Amy’s pieces as g gifts, and she wore them all the time.

If Mother wasn’t har­ried when she was get­ting ready to go out (which she of­ten w was), she would talk to me about the clothes and jew­ellery she wa was wear­ing. She adored pearls, par­tic­u­larly very bigb ones from Tahiti and the South Seas, and wanted me to as well. They were mag­nif­i­cent, with­out ques­tion, but a bit large and showy for my taste. No mat­ter – mother looked fan­tas­tic in them. Whether she was wear­ing pearls or an el­e­gant brooch, along with her many rings, she had a great sense of style and al­ways looked beaub beau­ti­ful. As told to Char­lotte Cowles. Lau­ren Ba­call’s jew­els

Lau­ren Ba­call and Les­lie Bog­art

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