A diamond star brooch/pendant, circa 1880. The eight-rayed star set with graduating old brilliant and rose-cut diamonds, each ray interspersed by a spoke terminating in a cushion-shaped diamond star, mounted in silver and gold
Beginning as a child star in the 1890s, Elsie built her reputation in several successful Edwardian musical comedies before her great success in The Merry Widow, opening in 1907. Afterwards, she starred in several more successful operettas and musicals. Admired for her beauty and charm on stage, Elsie became one of the most photographed women of Edwardian times.