Taking a stride down the Golden Age of Egyptian cinema with her playful blonde curls, piercing gaze, and bold attitude, Hind Rostom was renowned for her passion for collecting fine jewelry. Whether it was of globally sourced diamonds, rubies, or custom-made bangles, Rostom was no stranger to auction houses. Let alone have her pieces showcased in the world’s premier destination for auctioning art and luxury, Sotheby’s. Digging into some overdrafts, all pieces auctioned at the house were sold as part of the Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels Part II on November 11.
Showcased in the house were eight jewelry pieces, including a wide link bracelet embellished with a bed of diamonds and emeral, a pair of diamond ear clips, and a necklace set marked by Chatila.
Necklace set by Chatila
The link bracelet sold for $57,627, the Chatila diamond necklace for $30,186, and the ear clips for 20,160 Francs.
Diamond Ear Clips by David Webb, 1960s
Collet-set of baguette diamonds and calibre-cut emeralds
After being dubbed as the Arab world’s answer to Marilyn Monroe, Hind Rostom refused the title and preferred a title that follows the kin of the love of her life. “Madame Fayyad” she picked, as it indicated a sense of work and responsibility instead of “Queen of temptation.” However, her love for jewelry and diamonds was regarded the same as both expressed an infatuation for unique, sparkly cuts.
Hind Rostom was also known as the “first lady of Egyptian cinema”, as she starred in more than 80 films during the golden age of Arab cinema. Always taking on roles of intelligent, witty, independent, and strong characters along with characters like Farid Shawqi and Omar Sharif, Rostom defied stereotypical gender roles at that time and stood as an icon for feminism. However, Rostom retired from her acting career in 1979, and no project could get her working again, declaring that her life was “not for sale.” At the age of 81, Rostom died of a heart attack, making her an icon for powerful femininity in the region.
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