Monday, September 15, 2014

Getting Jeweled at the Movies

Over the decades since the 'Silver Screen' was invented, it has inspired and influenced our fashion choices and sense of style.  Every member of the movie going audience can draw something different out of the same motion picture.  

Of course, for me, I tend to focus on the gems.  There are certain movies that no matter how good they are be it drama, comedy or action that I just can not get passed the jewels!  I'm sure you can guess some of those movies by now.  But I would venture a guess that there are even a few you never would have thought of as "jewelry movies!"

It's for that reason that I thought I would give you a run down of my Top Five, mainstream "jewelry movies" and the jewels that they inspired!


The Great Gatsby
I'm sure you could have guessed this movie!  When the movie came out, the jewels it inspired were the talk of every blogger, fashionista and jewelry afficinado on the planet!



Tiffany & Co. used their archival records to design the jewels for the film, including The Savoy headpiece that the character of Daisy wore in the movie.  They created an entire line of jewels that were inspired by, and for, the movie.

The Savoy Headpiece by Tiffany & Co., $200,000.


Man on a Ledge
So I bet this movie would not have been the first one you would have thought of as a 'jewelry movie.'  The whole movie revolves around a man, Nick, who was tried for stealing a $40 mil diamond from a corrupt businessman in New York.



One of my favorite scenes in the movie is when they open the safe to reveal shelf upon shelf of stunning diamonds set as rings, necklaces, in watches and the like.  I mean, can you imagine?!?!  That would be stunning to see...I'd have gone to Heaven!  But the real centerpiece of the movie is the $40 mil "Monarch Diamond" which is depicted as a HUGE, round brilliant cut diamond.


Although this is not the diamond featured in the film, it echos the look of the one in the film.
This 84.37 carat, D-color, flawless brilliant cut diamond which sold at the an auction by Sotheby's went for a whopping $16.2 million dollars. The new owner of this rare & precious loose diamond is the founder of the Guess clothing company, George Marciano.
Photo courtesy of DiamondVues.



The Three Musketeers
One of my favorite authors is Alexandre Dumas.  His books have been made into movies for decades.  This 2011 interpretation had everything a jewelry loves wants to see in the movies - fabulous period fashions and even more fabulous period jewels!



Between the French Queen's diamond necklace and the pearl choker worn by Milady, I don't know which would be my favorite.  But since my birthstone is the pearl, I think I am going to have to go with the pearl choker.

This Belle Epoque Diamond & Seed Pearl Choker, circa 1900, sold at Bonham's auction for $25,421 in 2007 & is not the one featured in the film (it dates to about 200 years later than the period of the film).  The central pearl, single & rose-cut diamond garland, suspending an associated pear-shaped diamond drop, on an eight-row seed pearl necklace, connected by two smaller garland motifs, to a four-row seed pearl backchain & a four-stone rose-cut diamond clasp.



How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
Although I was never really a big of the movie itself, it has always made for perfect late night blogging background noise.  And, frankly, I can't get past the 51.94 carat yellow sapphire and diamond necklace that she wears it designed by Harry Winston and valued at over $5 million.



Created by famed jeweler Harry Winston specially for Kate Hudson's character, Andie, in the 2003 comedy, the sparkling yellow pendant adorning the beautiful young actress’ neck is an 84-karat Isadora necklace. Valued at over $5 million, it was the most expensive piece of jewelry ever created for a movie. Since the diamond wreath necklace turned out to be so glamorous, movie designers had to create a special dress just to match it.


The stunning yellow sapphire & diamond necklace created by Harry Winston especially for the movie.



Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

“Talk to me Harry Winston, tell me all about it,” is the famous line uttered by 1950s Hollywood’s favorite blonde, Marilyn Monroe, and is perhaps the most famous in movie jewelry history!  It was enough to make women everywhere go crazy for Harry Winston’s prestigious jewels.  And, remember Marilyn Monroe singing “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend” in that iconic pink satin evening bustier gown with matching gloves in the 1953 classic?  The scene would not have been the same if it weren’t for the opulent diamond necklace she wore!



Marilyn Monroe sang “Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend” in the movie and at the premiere she wore the famous Moon of Baroda necklace which has a a 24.04-carat canary yellow pear-shaped diamond at the center...proving that diamonds really are a girl's best friend!


Marilyn & the Moon of Baroda diamond.


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