The Jeweler ... The Actors ... and The Hand of God.
It's the late 1930's. We're in the heyday of Hollywood. If there was
ever a jeweler to the stars ... it was an American named Paul
Flato. He existed in the spotlight of an entourage of the famous
... and perhaps infamous. Much of his jewelry appeared in films. He
boasted among his clientele such names as: Merle Oberon ... Mae West
... Lily Pons ... Fanny Brice ... Paulette Goddard ... Katherine
Hepburn ... and a myriad of others.
Much of Flato's designs had a whimsical twist to them as well as an
inordinate sense of beauty and a strict adherence to craftsmanship.
Not a bad combination ... eh wot folks? Alas ... in the 1940's ...
Flato's business collapsed. No one seems to truly know why. Some say
that when WWII erupted ... jewelry sales plummeted ... and he
couldn't hang on. But it all doesn't matter ... for the man left
behind a legacy of jewelry and creativeness.
And so I had to pick a piece out of the many pieces I had from which
to pick. Sound a bit like Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled
peppers ... doesn't it? I chose a bit of fancy of his entitled Hand
of God ... which is a brooch on a chain which was worn by Joan
Bennett for an RKO publicity shot. It's a representation of a
palm-reader's diagram and has pav=E9 set diamond stars on an 18 karat
yellow gold hand. The stars represent Venus, Jupiter, Saturn,
Apollo, Mercury, Mars, and the Moon ... all epitomizing the seven
virtues associated with the gods. Not being the most virtuous of men
... I must herewith confess that I have no clue as to what the seven
virtues are. I imagine one might be: Thou shalt not eat too much
cholesterol ... but then again ... that might be more of a
commandment than a virtue ... and also a tad more modernistic than
was intended by Flato. Any help here would be greatly appreciated.
Parenthetically ... Bennett also commissioned Flato to create a
replica of a cigar-band wedding ring in 18 karat gold. I searched
for that one ... but alas met with failure. It's the item I truly
wanted to see for myself ... and then pass it on to you. T'warn't to
be folks. Maybe another Tidbit at another time. For now ... The
Hand of God ... by Paul Flato ... for Joan Bennett. It's unique ...
and it's striking.
For those of you who are new to this thing called Tidbits...may I
direct you to my home page at www.tyler-adam.com where you will
scroll down the left side menu till you get to the area that says
Tidbits...and then click on the link that says: Hand ... where you
will see a graphic of our brooch.
And there ya have it. That's it for this week folks. Catch you all
next week. Benjamin Mark
TYLER-ADAM CORP.--Jewelry Manufacturers
Tel -- 1-800-20-TYLER