Iconic Film Jewellery Article

Iconic Film Jewellery (published 25 June 2012 on http://www.tellusfashion.com)

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Jewellery has always taken centre stage in film with infamous necklaces shining as bright as the leading stars.

Classic scenes in movie history have been made that bit more precious with the addition of rubies, sapphires and diamonds to adorn that silver screen. We’ve thrown open the Hollywood jewellery box to dust off some of the most iconic pieces.

Vivian Ward’s diamond and ruby necklace
Pretty Woman tells of the love story between wealthy businessman Edward Lewis, played by Richard Gere, and prostitute Vivian Ward, a role that secured Julia Roberts a Golden Globe. The romcom has found a place in the hearts of millions but it is the scene in which Edward presents Vivian with a sparkling diamond and ruby necklace that stands out as one of the most memorable. In an unscripted moment, Gere spontaneously snaps the box shut as Julia Roberts reaches out to the remarkable piece. Roberts’ natural reaction and the couples shared laughter builds a wonderful sense of chemistry and warmth between the mismatched lovers.

The piece is worth an estimated $250,000 and was designed by French jewellery store, Fred Joaillier. It was stunningly crafted from 18k white gold and encrusted with rubies and diamonds. Six years after the movie was released the company was sold to LVMH, where they continue to make jewellery for films including, most recently, the star pendant and earrings worn by Dimitrio’s wife in Casino Royale.

Princess Leia’s ceremonial necklace
The Star Wars franchise swept the nation following its debut film in 1977, instantly becoming a cult classic across the world. In Star Wars episode IV: A New Hope, after a climactic victory of the Battle of Yavin, and a nail biting defeat of the Death Star, Princess Leia appears at the award ceremony sporting a beautifully simple, silver necklace. The necklace is an heirloom spanning generations of the Alderaanian royal family and marks a statement piece in both the understated beauty of Carrie Fisher’s appearance and the regency of Sci-Fi’s most beloved princess.

The necklace was designed by Finnish born Björn Weckström and was produced by Lapponia Jewelry between 1969 and 1981. George Lucas contacted the company looking for an original design for his film. However, due to time constraints he chose Weckström’s pre-existing creation. The piece is comprised of 15 uniquely carved sterling silver links with a matte finish and is aptly titled Planetoid Valleys. Authentic Lapponia designs of the piece can still be purchased online despite it being discontinued, and will set fans back around $2,283.

The Heart of the Ocean
The doomed romance between Rose and Jack in Titanic is told through the running theme of the Heart of the Ocean necklace. It is the discovery of a portrait of a nude girl wearing nothing but the heart-shaped cut blue diamond which sparks an ageing Rose to share her tragic tale. Given to her as a gift by cruel fiancée Caledon Hockley, the jewellery represents the purity of her and Jack’s love and its inevitable demise. Following the intimate scene where Rose is painted wearing nothing but the necklace, Jack is framed by Caledon for stealing it. He is then branded guilty and handcuffed up, resulting in the delayed escape from the sinking ship and Jack’s untimely death. By the end of the film, Rose discovers that the Heart of the Ocean is still in the top coat she was wearing all those years ago when she watched her true love sink into the ocean and, in a moment of peaceful clarity, tosses it back into the waters.

A blue sapphire necklace was historically on board the HMS Titanic and was given to Rose Florence Phillips by husband Samuel Morley, who unfortunately died during the sinking. Allegedly this inspired James Cameron to make the film. The prop necklace was designed and created by the London-based jewellers Asprey & Garrard who spent approximately $100,000 setting cubic zirconias in white gold to achieve the perfect Edwardian elegance. It now takes pride of place in the Twentieth Century Fox archives.

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