Hollywood is where many fashion trends emerge. That’s because when you see a star wearing lavish clothing and jewels on the big screen, you want a taste of that luxury. Over the decades, there have been especially iconic pieces of jewelry from movies that have made a lasting impact on our popular culture. Learn more about these seven famous jewelry pieces from some of Hollywood’s top films.
In the box office hit “Titanic,” Kate Winslet’s character adorns the rare Heart of the Ocean necklace. Throughout the film, this ultra-rare necklace becomes an object of desire. The legend of the necklace is that Louis XVI was its original owner. After the French Revolution, the diamond was cut into the iconic heart shape. This famous movie prop alludes to the real Hope Diamond, which is worth much more than the cubic zirconia version used in the movie.
After the release of “Titanic,” Asprey & Garrand, the original designers of the necklace, made a replica of it with real jewels and precious metal. The replica necklace featured a 171-carat heart-shaped sapphire surrounded by 103 diamonds, all set in a platinum necklace. Celine Dion wore the replica at the 1998 Academy Awards, and later it was auctioned off for charity. The $1.4 million raised went to the Princess of Wales Memorial Fund and Southern California’s Aid For AIDS. Both high-end and low-end retailers continue to make replicas of this memorable prop.
During the makeover scene in “Pretty Woman,” Richard Gere’s character puts a stunning necklace around Julia Roberts’ neck. French jeweler Fred Joaillier made this ruby necklace that consists of 23 pear-cut rubies set in diamond-encrusted hearts. This necklace truly signifies luxury, as it is worth an estimated $1.35 million. Since this scene was the turning point of the movie, virtually every fan of “Pretty Woman” still remembers this extravagant piece today. Fans can find inexpensive replicas online, so they can reenact their own iconic moment.
New Zealand jeweler Jens Hansen was responsible for creating the ring that rules them all. The brand still makes replicas of this famous prop to this day. The One Ring is made of gold-plated tungsten carbide. When you purchase the replica from Jens Hansen, you get a ring with the exact materials, shape, proportions, and thickness as the prop from Lord of the Rings. This prop was central to the entire plot of the film, making it one of the most important pieces of jewelry in Hollywood. The estimated sale price of the movie ring is between $50,000 and $80,000.
In her hit film “Gentlemen Prefer Blonds,” Marilyn Monroe coined the phrase, “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend.” Fittingly, Monroe adorned lavish diamond jewelry throughout the film. While promoting the movie, she wore the 24-carat Moon of Baroda diamond necklace. This pear-shaped yellow stone was the largest diamond she had worn in her career at the time.
During an auction in 1990, the necklace paired with a signature from Monroe sold for $297,000. The stone has a rich history, said to have been discovered between the 15th and 17th centuries, and later set into a necklace around the 1800s. Ultimately, Meyer Rosenbaum, president of Meyer Jewelry Company, acquired the stone. It was Rosenbaum who lent Monroe the necklace during her publicity tour. This iconic look likely influenced the popularity of diamonds for women.
Sex and the City is partially responsible for the trend of non-traditional engagement rings. That’s because when the character Mr. Big proposes to Carrie Bradshaw, he presents the fashionista with a jaw-dropping black diamond ring. This ring is quite fitting for Sarah Jessica Parker’s character since she is always setting new trends. In fact, in the film, Carrie asks, “Why black?” and Mr. Big responds, “Because you are not like anyone else.”
Jewelry designer Itay Malkin is responsible for this ring set in 18-karat white gold and 80 pave diamonds. He worked closely with costume designer Patricia Field and Sarah Jessica Parker to make the perfect ring for this scene. His brand sells replicas of the Carrie ring that Sex and the City enthusiasts can purchase for a whopping $10,000.
The 1936 “Cleopatra” film starring Elizabeth Taylor cost $44 million to create, which would be around $300 million today. As you may know, Elizabeth Taylor was one of the most prominent jewelry collectors of her time, so it only makes sense that her character would be adorned in the finest jewels. Taylor went through 65 costume changes throughout the film to embody the character of Cleopatra. Although Taylor herself owned plenty of Bulgari jewelry, all the pieces in the movie were costume jewelry.
In the movie adaptation of “Moulin Rouge,” Nicole Kidman’s character Satine wears an eye-catching necklace designed by Stefano Canturi. Serving as a metaphor for Satine, she wears the necklace during a remix of “Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend.” While choosing jewelry for the film, Canturi did plenty of research for his necklace. He wanted a statement piece that represented the extravagance of the late 1800s. He found inspiration from the style of Louis XVI, hence the lace-like design in the necklace.
The necklace was custom-made to fit Kidman’s neck and chest area. It consists of hand-crafted 18-karat white gold and 134 carats of diamonds. After the piece was complete, it weighed 426 grams and featured a total of 1,308 diamonds. There is one scene where the necklace is ripped from Kidman’s neck, which is why the costume team created a cheaper replica of the necklace for the scene. The original necklace is one of the most pricey pieces of jewelry ever made for a film, costing an estimated $1 million.
We covered many famous pieces of jewelry from some of Hollywood’s most iconic films. Which one of these would be your top pick? Let us know if we missed any of your favorites!