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The Actor’s Ring

September 17, 2019

Still looking for answers. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!


I have had a 77-year-old mystery in my jewelry box for years and for years I’ve often pondered on looking into this teaser from the past in earnest. My quest actually started some 40 years ago when my father gave me a ring that he no longer wanted. Here’s a brief history:

Sterling Silver Ring With Theater Mask With Steps To Success at Left.
Engraved: “B.B. To E.R. 3-1-39”
Jeweler’s Mark: Paval Sterling

This ring was given to my father Gene Rizzi by Ben Bard as a graduation present after my father graduated Ben Bard’s acting school, Ben Bard Drama, and landed his first motion picture part in 1939. Research indicates that this ring was made by Philip Kran Paval (1899-1971), a noted sculptor and jeweler that worked with Hollywood actors and celebrities in the 1930’s and 1940’s. Ben Bard had several of these rings made as presents for students…

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