Jewelry often plays a symbolic role in films. A piece of jewelry worn by a character with a dramatic personality is easily embraced by audiences, while some jewels have their own personality and backstory to tell. Here are ten of the most memorable and notorious pieces of jewelry that have graced the silver screen.
Heart of the Ocean from “Titanic”
Worn by actress Kate Winslet in the blockbuster hit movie “Titanic,” the Heart of the Ocean is probably the most iconic piece of jewelry in movie history. The hefty pendant used on the set of “Titanic” is not an actual blue diamond; instead, three props were made from blue cubic zirconias in white gold. The creators of the props, Asprey & Garrard, were commissioned to create an original Heart of the Ocean necklace after the movie hit financial success worldwide. The result is a 170-carat Ceylon sapphire surrounded by 103 diamondsa valued at up to $4 million.
One Ring from “The Hobbit”
The One Ring is the most powerful of all the rings of power in J. R. R. Tolkien’s epic high fantasy series “The Lord of the Rings” and the prequel novel, “The Hobbit.” It is ascribed as an evil object and a symbol of greed. In both the book and the movie, the One Ring is simply made of pure gold yet is impervious to destruction. The actual ring used in the set of “The Hobbit” had fifteen reproductions in slightly varying sizes and weights.
Ruby-and-Diamond Necklace from “Pretty Woman”
The ruby-and-diamond necklace in the movie “Pretty Woman” is as memorable as Julia Roberts’ infectious laughter after Richard Gere snaps the jewelry box’s lid closed in front of her just as she reaches for it. The scene was actually a prank by Gere and the production staff, but Roberts’ laughter was so genuine and the scene so adorable that the director decided kept it in the film. Roberts wearing the beautiful ruby-and-diamond necklace and a red dress became one of the most memorable images in “Pretty Woman” and helped make the actress a fashion icon at that time.
Black Diamond Engagement Ring from “Sex and the City 2”
Carrie’s black diamond engagement ring in Sex and the City 2 broke tradition. The five-carat black diamond ring symbolized Carrie’s unique charms and displays her adoration for fashion-forward jewelry. Itay Malkin, who anonymously submitted his jewelry designs to the production staff, designed the hefty black ring. He worked together with Sarah Jessica Parker and the movie’s costume designer to finalize the ring set in 18-karat white gold surrounded by eighty natural transparent pave diamonds.
Mockingjay Pin from “The Hunger Games”
The mockingjay pin is a symbol of rebellion against the Capitol in the “Hunger Games” movies. The original pin as seen in the movie is made from sterling silver, plated in twenty-two-karat gold, and given an antique finish. The pin is designed with a mockingjay holding an arrow and signified Katniss’s unbreakable spirit.
Pearl-and-Diamond Necklace from “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”
The little black Givenchy sheath dress Audrey Hepburn wore in Breakfast at Tiffany’s wouldn’t be complete without the gorgeous pearl-and-diamond necklace. Pearl necklaces became the trend at the time and made Hepburn and other actresses, such as Marilyn Monroe, pin-up girls for pearls. The matching diamante-pearl necklace became just as iconic and has continued to inspire many jewelers to this day.
Diamond Necklace from “Moulin Rouge”
Made of real platinum and diamond, Nicole Kidman’s diamond necklace in Moulin Rouge is probably one of the most expensive pieces of jewelry ever made for a film. Designed by Stefano Canturi, the iconic necklace weighed 134 carats and had more than a thousand diamonds. Called Satine for Kidman’s role in the movie, the necklace’s estimated cost was $1 million. Canturi keeps the necklace as a part of his personal collection.
“B” Necklace from “The Other Boleyn Girl”
Nicole Kidman’s famous “B” necklace in the movie “The Other Boleyn Girl” is a replica of Anne Boleyn’s favorite “B” necklace as seen in her many portraits. The gold necklace has a string of rondelle pearls and three teardrop pearls below the initial. It is a symbol of Anne, her family, and her strong-willed character.
Cameo Brooch from “Gone with the Wind”
A mourning dress had never been so fashionable before “Gone with the Wind.” Vivian Leigh’s character, Scarlett O’Hara, accessorized her velvet mourning dress with an intricate cameo brooch, and it instantly became a fashion item. The brooch has a gold setting and features a figure riding a bird instead of the common profile seen in traditional cameo brooches at that time. The brooch belonged to the costume designer’s mother and was loaned for that particular scene.
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