Lina Cavalieri was a born on Christmas day 1874 in Italy. Her birth name was Natalina Cavalieri. . Can I just tell you how much I LOVE the name Natalina?? I have done a little bit of research on her and she lived quite a fascinating life. Her parents died when she was 15 years old and she became ward of the state and went to an orphanage. She ran away from the orphange with a theatre group and went to Paris. It was then that she began her career as a very well loved opera singer. She traveled to Portugal and then eventually to New York, and then back to Italy where she died in 1944. She was married 4 times! Back in the 1800's & early 1900's that must have been quite the scandal!
She is very very beautiful and was known at the time as the most beautiful woman in the world... but the reason I am so fascinated by her photographs is her AMAZING taste in jewelry!! She wears the most gorgeous pieces in so many of her photos and they almost remind me of modern day jewelry pieces that are fashionable right now.
Here are a few of the photographs I have collected... pay close attention to the beautiful jewelry!
I am going to use some of these photos as a bit of inspiration in my own jewelry... will see how it goes.
I loved the above photo so much that I made myself a business card with it. If you have bought jewelry from me recently then you received one in your package. I just love this image and the gorgeous necklaces she is wearing!
Hope you enjoyed your history lesson for today! ;)