The Lombard Ring
Whenever I have a pressing Gable-related question, I always run to the expert: the incredibly knowledgeable Meredith of dearmrgable.com. This time, I asked her about Carole Lombard’s ring. If you don’t know the backstory, here goes:
After Carole died, Clark commissioned expensive searches for Carole’s wedding ring, which went on until Clark himself passed away. He offered a gigantic reward for whoever found it and returned it to him. However, the ring was never found and no one knows what became of it. Was it stolen? Or is it still missing? I asked Meredith how exactly did her wedding ring look like.
As usual, she gave more interesting information than I asked for, but I’m not complaining! I learned that the ring was just a plain gold wedding band. No engagement ring. According to Meredith, Clark NEVER gave any of his wives engagement rings. I really want ot say that it’s because he’s a notorious tightwad, but again, I don’t know and I never will.
So, what became of Carole’s wedding band? NOBODY KNOWS! This is the reason why this story appeals to me so much: it reads like a romantic detective story.
One of my favorite photos of Clark and Carole. You can see the wedding band on the ring finger of her left hand
I’ve always had an ugly feeling that Lombard’s ring was stolen by someone selfish. The truth is, Lombard’s left hand was lost in the horrific plane explosion which claimed her life. Did someone find the ring and keep it for themself or sell it to a collector? Most likely. Gold is not exactly hard to miss, and hikers have been trekking through the crash site (which, by the way, STILL has the leftover debris from the crash) for many years. (Sickening Sidenote; I’ve read somewhere that maybe Lombard’s LEFT HAND was stolen, with the ring on it. I don’t think ANYONE could be that psychotic!) But maybe the ring melted in the explosion.I have no idea; I am no scientist. Lombard was wearing thousands of dollars in jewelry when she died, and all that was recovered from it were warped pieces of two ruby clips that Clark gave her for Christmas. Gable placed those pieces, and a lock of her hair, in a locket, which he always wore. Other pieces of jewelry that Lombard wore when she died was a V for Victory brooch (on her hat):
and a ruby heart locket. Meredith told me that romantics believe the locket melted into her flesh. Um. Okay. I also read that the ruby clips melted into her heart. Um. Okay. Again.
Meredith sent me this photo of Lombard wearing the ruby clips. They are on her dress.
What do you think happened to Carole Lombard’s wedding ring?