Shirley Temple’s Blue Cushion Cut Diamond Ring for Auction
March 31, 2016, Alyssa Bruni
The curly-haired child star Shirley Temple, who appeared in films such as “Bright Eyes” and “Curly Top” and also at the age of 12 premiered in the movie “The Blue Bird”, Back in 1940 was gifted by her dad with a 9.54 carat deep blue cushion cut diamond ring which will be auctioned off on April 19, 2016.
Her dad gave her the ring just as the “The Little Princess” star was outgrowing her “Good Ship Lollipop” childhood charms. The cushion cut stone ring will be the centerpiece of the upcoming auction called “Magnificent Jewels”. The ring is up for auction at Sotheby’s in New York, and the lucky winner will have to pay up $25million to $35million for the pleasure of owning it.
Temple’s father bought the ring at a heavy price of $7,210 back in 1940 and which is roughly $122,000 today. The cushion cut blue stone ring is set in platinum with Diamonds, and the auction will also include a gold setting for the ring. This was a treasured piece of jewellry that she wore and enjoyed her entire life.
Later she was also known as Shirley Temple Black who starred in dozens of films in the 1930’s and became a diplomat as an adult. She was of the age of 85 when she died in the year 2014 due to natural causes.
Shirley Temple helped to lift America’s spirits out of the Great Depression, and served her country in many capacities throughout the remainder of her life.When Temple was 22 she discovered the fortune she had made in the movies $3.2 million, which is the equivalent of about $31 million today had dwindled to just $28,000. The money from hits like “Heidi” and “The Little Colonel” had gone to support her family’s lavish lifestyle or was lost in poor investments made by her father, George Temple.
It’s a Privileged occasion for the Sotheby’s jewelry department in New York with a stone of such exceptional quality and rarity. It’s rarer that a stone would tell a compelling story as the Shirley Temple Blue. Her ring and its original Art Deco setting will recall a time when she was nothing short of the biggest movie star in the world.