This topic popped into my mind today – jewellery that is central to the plot a movie. There are three I think of immediately.
1. Lord of the Rings – the malevolent ‘One Ring‘ to rule them all; I’m pretty sure most people know about this movie and how the ring is essentially the focal point of the entire series.
I considered including an image of the ring from the film, but I prefer this image of the original book covers designed by Tolkien.
2. Moulin Rouge! – that incredible necklace. It’s certainly not as critical as the other movies mentioned here, but it is an important plot point. The necklace is apparently the most expensive piece jewellery ever created for film. Australian jeweller Stefano Canturi “crafted the ornate necklace, made with 1308 diamonds and weighing a whopping 134 carats, over 12 weeks …” (from here) and reputed to be worth over A$2m. See the Canturi site for some more.
3. Titanic – the ‘Heart of the Ocean‘ necklace is the reason for the treasure-hunting ‘present’ part of the film and central to the ‘past’ section too. “London-based jewelers Asprey & Garrard used cubic zirconias set in white gold to create the … prop in the film. … After the film’s success, Asprey & Garrard were commissioned to create an authentic Heart of the Ocean necklace using the original design.” (wiki).
If you haven’t seen the end of the movie, then look away now … but to me, this is the worst ending of a film EVER! The insipid ‘groan of effort’ she makes as she turfs the neckpiece overboard is ridiculous … this ending generates such fury inside me… it’s a waste … and yes, it’s only a movie.