Most people’s favorite movies and television shows are remembered for their stories, characters, and plot. However, most people or viewers do not consider is the effort and time put into selecting costumes, wardrobe, location, backdrops, and as well as additional accessories. These might be small details, but all of these are what create the complete package, making the movie or television show more memorable. In fact, even the most talented actors can’t carry a movie where all of the ostensibly minor details have not been given prime consideration.
One of the small details that can sometimes make a film or TV show more memorable is the jaw-dropping diamonds that the actors wear. Since drama was invented, precious jewels have provided fodder for it. In fact, precious stones and trinkets have been used as plot devices in plays way back in 100 B.C., and up until today, they still are being used as symbols in your favorite television shows and movies.
If you are curious about these accessories, read on. Today, we are giving you a list of the famous necklaces in movies and TV.
Titanic – Heart of the Ocean
The Heart of the Ocean is a sapphire necklace that was featured in the movie Titanic. It is a beautiful pendantand based on the movie, it once belonged to Louis XVI and was made into a heart shape after the French Revolution. The fictitious Heart of the Ocean was based upon the Hope Diamond. But the prop in the movie was not a real blue diamond. The prop of Le Coeur de la Mer was blue cubic zirconium with a white gold setting and was made by London jewelers Asprey & Garrad.
Harry Winston, a famed jeweler, designed a real pendant and was worn by Gloria Stuart, who played the older Rose in the movie, to the 1997 Academy Awards. She was one of the people who wore one of the most expensive pieces of jewelry to an Academy Awards ceremony. It was valued at $4 millionand consisted of a 170-karat sapphire encircled by 103 diamonds.
There’s actually some truth to the story of the Heart of the Ocean. Passenger Kate Florence Phillips was given a sapphire and diamond necklace by Henry Samuel Morley when she was twenty-years-old. Samuel was a forty-year-old married mad who traveled with her in second class.
Kate had been an associate at one of the candy shops of Henry in London. Before sailing on the Titanic, Henry gave his wife and daughter the proceeds he got from selling two of his shops. After that, he and Kate decided that they were going to America and be married under the names of Mr. and Mrs. Marshall. When the Titanic sunk, Kate survived, but Henry did not.
After that incident, Kate lived in New York for a few months. Then she learned that she was pregnant and moved back to England to live with her grandparents. Her daughter was born almost exactly nine months after the Titanic’s voyage. However, she wasn’t content to be raising her young daughter Ellen and did not treat her well. Eventually, Kate remarried.
Ellen continually tried to get Henry Morley’s name added to her birth certificate, but she was not successful. Due to financial reasons, Ellen was forced to sell the necklace to a woman in Florida. In 2005, Ellen died in England at the age of 92. All those years, she had always wished that she could have proved that Henry Morley was her father.
Breakfast at Tiffany’s – Diamond and Pearl Necklace
Another iconic piece of jewelry was the diamond and pearl necklace worn by Audrey Hepburn in the movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s. In fact, it has been copied a lot of times throughout the years. This necklace was paired with Audrey Hepburn’s simply black dress by Givenchy and white gloves. This Tiffany pearl and diamond stranded necklace was indeed the perfect accessory for Audrey’s character of Holly Golightly.
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days – Isadora Necklace
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days is a comedy movie in 2003 that starred Kate Hudson. It is also a movie that featured one of the most expensive pieces of jewelry from movies, which is the 84-karat Isadora necklace that was designed by Harry Winston. That necklace is a $5 million piece of jewelry. It was an unusual necklace that leads the designers to create a dress that will match the accessory.
The Other Boleyn Girl – “B” Necklace
The Other Boleyn Girl is a movie that starred Natalie Portman. In this movie, she wore a necklace that resembled the actual necklace that adorned Ann Boleyn’s neck, as showed in her portraits. It features a string of pearls with a gold initial “B” and three teardrop-shaped pears that hand below. You can see the necklace on Natalie Portman’s neck in the movie when Ann Boleyn returned to France when she failed to keep the attention of King Henry VIII.
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes – The Maharajah of Baroda Pendant
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes is a very popular movie in 1953 which starred Marilyn Monroe. In this movie, she wore a pendant, which is one of the oldest pieces of jewelry used in movies, as it was more than 500 years old during that time.
The pendant was originally owned by the Maharajah of Baroda, India. Later on, the pendant was worn by Empress Maria Theresa of Austria, and also worn by Marie Antoinette at one time. In 1739, Nadir Shah stole the diamond from the Maharajah and was returned 200 years later. In 1943, Meyer Rosenbaum of Detroit bought the pendant. He was the one who lent it to Marilyn Monroe for the movie. In 1991, the diamond was auctioned by Christie’s.
Due to this movie, the popularity of diamonds increased. In fact, by the end f the 1950s, a diamond engagement ring was considered to be an important part of getting engaged. This was partially because of the saying “a diamond is forever”, which was devised by an advertising agency for a company named De Beers.
Pretty Woman – Diamond and Ruby Necklace
Pretty Woman is a romantic-comedy movie that starred Julia Roberts. The memorable laugh of Julia Roberts originated from a scene that was a part of a prank arranged by co-star Richard Gere and the crew. Richard snapped the jewelry box closed at the same time Julia was reaching for the diamond and ruby necklace. The prank was so good that the director decided to keep it in the movie. The diamond and ruby necklace in this movie during that time cost $1.35 million. It has 23 rubies cut into the shape of pears, which were placed in the middle of diamond hearts.
Moulin Rouge – Diamond Necklace
In the movie Moulin Rouge, a beautiful necklace adorned the neck of courtesan Satine. This necklace was given to her by the Duke of Monroth. It had an estimated value of $1 million. It was complete with more than 1,000 diamonds. The garland design that was featured on this necklace was very popular in late Victorian times.
These are some of the most popular pieces of jewelry, particularly necklaces in movies and TV. With these accessories, we can say that the design team of each production certainly put a lot of effort into coming up with the small details that also give important symbols in the movies and television shows. The next time you watch a movie, you might want to try spotting some precious jewelry pieces.