We all listened up when Marilyn Monroe told us that diamonds are a girl’s best friend. They’re without a doubt the secret to flawless elegance and every successful outfit sports some sort of bling. What’s more, chosen and accessorised correctly, the right jewellery has the power to highlight our features, adding personality. It was the same famous actress who told us that diamonds are forever and that is so true. Diamonds have been worn for centuries by the elite as more than a token of wealth but a social status symbol, not likely to every go out of fashion. Best of all from gorgeous neckpieces to an art deco diamond ring, jewellery has been become an iconic image of some of Hollywood’s’ classics such as Titanic, Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Pretty Woman. And each piece tends to have its own story to tell.
Back in the 1930’s
The first incredible pieces of jewellery began making their way around the big screen in the 1930’s and later in the 1950’s, fashion icons Monroe and Audrey Hepburn became pin-up girls for pearl and diamond pendants in their films. And to this day the likes of Monroe’s diamond pendant that she wore while singing Diamonds Are a Girls’ Best Friend continue to inspire jeweller.
Breakfast at Tiffany’s – That Pearl Necklace
With the word Tiffany’s in the title, we couldn’t not include this movie. The multi-stand pearl and diamond necklace is by far an all-time classic movie piece. Besides her stunning little black Givenchy dress, the only thing that could’ve completed Holly Golightly’s look would have been a 1920’s art deco diamond ring.
The Other Boleyn Girl – Natalie Portman’s “B” Necklace
Who would’ve imagined that such a fuss could have been stirred up by a gorgeous “B” necklace as worn by Natalie Portman in her roll of Ann Boleyn in The Other Boleyn Girl? The incredible pearl necklace is a replica of the actual Ann Boleyn’s “B” necklace which is seen in many of her portraits. The massive gold initial is held together by a string of rondelle pearls. Below the initial lie three teardrop pearls. The piece can be seen in the movie when the disgraced Miss Boleyn returns to her home in England, arriving from France, to join her sister who is also fighting for the affection of King Henry VIII. This signature necklace also drew attention when fans of the series Ugly Betty noticed the star of the show wearing a remarkably similar necklace.
Gone With the Wind – Vivien Leigh’s Cameo Brooch
Did you ever think a mourning dress could be so fashionable? Well, if it wasn’t for the elegant Scarlett O’ Hara’s sense of fashion, who knows where we’d be! Adorned in a velvet mourning dress that was accessorized with a shiny oversized cameo brooch, Scarlett was simply magnificent. The scene is also turned Vivien Leigh into a classic fashion icon of the time. This is a classic movie that’s never going to lose its appeal and the 1938 Gone With the Wind has to make the list for the extremely rare cameo brooch. The brooch actually belonged to the costume designer’s mother who lent it to the set for the mourning scene. The brooch is set in gold and features a riding bird. Imagine how the look could have been completed with a 1920’s art deco diamond ring.
Moulin Rouge – Nicole Kidman’s Diamond Necklace
The Academy Award winning Moulin Rouge by Baz Lurhmann is a classic tale of decadence and romance sent in Paris at the turn of the 19th century. But it wasn’t only the cast, plot and costumes that grabbed attention – the platinum and diamond necklace that Satine, Nicole Kidman’s character worse, was also the star of the show. The creator of the splendid piece was Sefano Canturi and the necklace weighed in at 134 karats, boasting more than a thousand diamonds – in fact, 1 308 diamonds. While it was the most expensive piece ever created for a movie in those days, it was later surpassed by the yellow diamond pendant in How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days. There’s no doubt there have been some amazing movie pieces over the years.