October 2014 Issue
The world was shocked this summer to hear of the passing of iconic comedienne, Joan Rivers. A fashionable fixture of pop-culture since the 1960s, Joan was as easily recognized for her distinctive voice, and comic stylings as for her impressive collection of jewelry.
Brooklyn born Rivers made her entertainment debut on the stage in New York City in the late 1950s, but it would be her guest appearance on The Tonight Show with host Johnny Carson in 1965 that catapulted her into stardom. From that point, trailblazing Rivers would go on to conquer various media including television, film and comedy albums. As a comic, her acerbic wit and mischievous no-holds-barred commentary delivered at lightning pace proved that women could be funny — and, not just funny, but hilarious.
River’s entertainment career spanned decades. From stand-up, to hosting her own talk shows, to bringing her special brand of sarcasm to the red carpet, Joan was constantly in the public eye. Most recently, she co-hosted E! Television’s Fashion Police.
Joan was as well-known as a fashionista and jewelry enthusiast as a comedienne. Constantly dressed to the nines, Joan was typically bedecked in dramatic and dazzling jewels. She loved fashion so much, in fact, that she created an eponymous line of clothing and jewels for QVC — a collection that would become a billion dollar enterprise over the 24 years that she worked with the station.
It was an honor for Beladora to have our jewels bedazzling this beloved and beautiful star in her last official portrait in the October issue of W Magazine. She will be remembered fondly for the sparkling life that was brilliant with wit and jewels.