Movie jewellery

27 12 2012

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.

original book cover designs (from Wiki)

original book cover designs (from Wiki)

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 Canturicrafted 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.

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click on image for original source

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.

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Any others?


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27 12 2012
Sylvia

Two pieces that come to mind.
Firstly, the Isadora necklace worn by Kate Hudson in the movie, ‘How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days’. Made by Harry Winston, in New York, the necklace featured an 84 carat yellow diamond and has an estimated value of $5,280,000.
Secondly, the Ruby necklace featuring white gold, rubies and diamonds, worn by Julia Roberts in ‘Pretty Woman.’ This necklace was made by Fred Joaillier, a French jeweller and its replica may be seen in the Fred store in Las Vegas. The original is said to be worth more than £200,000.
Actually these aren’t central to the plot, but nice eye candy all the same.

27 12 2012
Karen

Hi Sylvia
You and Vetti thought the same!
That’s amazing … and speaks to the fact I should probably have thought of them too.
Thank you for the fabulous information too … I find it so incongruous that the jewellery props are often ‘real’, what a waste of money. Though, in more recent times I expect the piece already exists and the inclusion in the film is just ‘product placement’.

27 12 2012
Vetti

Romancing the Stone, Pretty Woman, Diamonds Are Forever, The Pink Panther, The Dark Crystal…

27 12 2012
Karen

Ah Vetti, you’re awesome!
Not entirely sure the first three have a jewellery item that’s critically focal to the plot???
The last two though, I must do some interwebs searching to remind myself of their plots…

27 12 2012
Vetti

Not exactly…but still worth a look. The Pink Panther diamond is a large “flawed”pink stone that reflects a leaping panther when held up to the light.

27 12 2012

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