We couldnt visit the subject of jewellery in the movies without mentioning probably the best-known example of when a necklace was central to the plot.
Though based on the Hope Diamond, the fictional Heart of the Ocean sapphire was actually made of blue cubic zirconium. The stunning prop that played a central role in the film was crafted by London jewellers, Asprey & Garrard.
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
Some would argue that beautiful women deserve beautiful jewellery, and some of the most iconic photographs of Marilyn Monroe show the movie star wearing some stunning pieces. This includes a Harry Winston diamond necklace used in the legendary film Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. For this movie, Monroe wore what is believed to be the oldest antique jewellery to star on screen, a necklace that included a 500-year-old diamond that once belonged to Marie Antoinette.
Breakfast at Tiffanys
Audrey Hepburn is another star who epitomised beauty, and to make her look as elegant and stylish as possible, her movie wardrobe was never complete without stunning jewellery. Not surprisingly, in her most famous film, Tiffany & Co. lent pieces for her to wear primarily exquisite diamond jewellery.
For bold jewellery with charisma, Bulgari is a leading force and was the source of incredibly exuberant and memorable items worn by Elizabeth Taylor in the classic film about the Empress of the Nile.
This actress was herself a passionate believer in the aesthetic and investment value of vintage jewellery and contemporary pieces too.
A more up-to-date piece of movie history was made when Richard Gere improvised on set and pretended to trap Julia Roberts fingers in a necklace jewellery box. The scene became the most famous one in Pretty Woman, framing a diamond and ruby necklace valued at $1.35 million.
Gone with the Wind
Sometimes simpler and less expensive pieces of jewellery have featured in films and inspired fashion. One of the most famous instances of this is an ornate antique cameo brooch worn by actress Vivien Leigh for the film, borrowed from the costume designers mother.
It gave rise to a new interest in similar vintage jewellery brooches.
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