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A walking spectacle he must have been, I'll have to dig up some video on him.The Life and Legends of Diamond Jim Moran
Typical array of jewelry worn by the legendary late New Orleans restaurateur, James Brocato, aka “Diamond Jim” Moran, on an evening around town: Diamond studded eyeglasses, cost $12,000; diamond filled dental bridge, $2,500; collar pins and studs, $12,500; diamond lapel pin spelling out “Jim,” $2,500; diamond studded fountain pen, $5,500; “Moran” buttons, $10,000; blue sapphire edged with diamonds, matching ring and cuff links, $30,000; diamond encrusted wrist watch, $3,500; diamond laden belt buckle, $8,000; cat’s eye ring with diamonds, $11,500; gold topped walking cane, $3,500; diamond shoe lace bars, $5,000. That comes out to $106,500 in jewelry … and that’s not counting the $225 mink tie.
“Sometimes I overdress!”
— Diamond Jim Moran
Throughout his life, Jimmy Brocato never knew the meaning of the words, “understated elegance” … or “understated” anything for that matter.
He served diamonds in meatballs at his famous La Louisiane Restaurant in the French Quarter; sat in the sacristy at St. Mary Italian Church on Chartres Street Sundays with mob bigwigs like Charlie “Lucky” Luciano and Frank Costello, taking communion with them; foiled a pre-1935 plot on the life of Huey P. Long; drove down French Quarter streets in a Corvette convertible with heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano; and was paid $50,000 just to make a showing at the Kentucky Derby – the Duke and Dutchess of Windsor were paid a paltry $10,000 for the same outing. more...