Jewelry has a long and varied history in motion pictures, whether simply accessorizing the wardrobe of an actor or actress on the screen, or playing an integral role in the film, sometimes becoming a character in it’s own right.  From the plantations of Georgia, to the seas of the Atlantic, to the fires of Mount Doom, jewelry in film knows no boundaries.

At LC, we value jewelry of all stones and styles, so here are our picks for our Top 10 favorite pieces of jewelry in movie history. 


Satine’s Stefano Diamond Necklace

One of the more sparkly highlights of Baz Luhrmann’s film was this beautiful Stefano Canturi designed necklace named after Nicole Kidman’s character, Satine.  It was made of platinum and featured 1,308 diamonds (weighing a total of 134 cts) along with a 2.5 ct Sri Lankan Sapphire clasp, making it the most expensive piece of jewelry ever specifically created for a film, worth an estimated US $1 million.


 Andie’s Isadora Yellow Diamond Necklace

In the film, Kate Hudson’s character Andie wears this beautiful Harry Winston designed piece to a gala.  The breaktaking diamond wreath necklace featured an 84-carat yellow diamond pendant, valued at approximately $5,280,000. The necklace was so beautiful in fact, that the costume designers for them film designed the dress she wore for the gala, to specifically match the pendant, instead of coordinating accessories to match the wardrobe.


James Bond’s Submariner Watch
DR. NO (1962)

If asked, a majority of men would probably list James Bond as the epitom
e of “cool.” In Ian Fleming’s original novel, the titular spy is said to wear a Rolex, but the model of Rolex was never established.  When filming commenced on Dr. No, Rolex declined to provide a watch for filming due to the relatively small budget for the film.  That’s when producer Cubby Broccoli pulled off his own Rolex Submariner, and provided it to the production to use. The watch was a perfect choice to showcase the style of 007. 


Scarlett’s Cameo Brooch

Known for it’s extravagant style costumes, one of the main pieces that garnered notice in the landmark film was the intricate cameo brooch, worn by Vivian Leigh as Scarlet O’Hara. Cloaked in a heavy velvet mourning dress, Scarlet’s ensemble allowed the brooch to become a fashionable item, with some manufacturers treating it as a collectible, offering replicas of the brooch in stores, boutiques, and through mail order offers. 


Marie’s Diamond Star Drop Earrings

Known for her fondness of a lifestyle consisting of lavish parties, dresses, shoes, pastries and jewelry, Marie Antoinette was an enticing style prospect to try and capture on film. For her role as the title character, Kirsten Dunst was dressed in outfits truly fit for a queen, with the jewelry to match.  However, the piece that truly captured the attention of many audiences was this pair of 18th century inspired Diamond Earrings from Fred Leighton, totaling over 25 carats.  


Holly’s Pearl and Diamond Necklace

Even without the name Tiffany’s in the title, it would be hard to think of anyone who could have created the beautiful and elegant pieces featured in this popular film.  The style highlight is obviously the “little black dress” worn by star Audrey Hepburn, but arguably just as important to achieving the look was the Tiffany necklace worn with it.  The necklace, made from cascading pearl strands and clasped together with a diamante hair ornament, became just as iconic, and still inspires many to this day. 


Carrie’s Black Diamond Engagement Ring

Given by her fiance because, as he states “
you’re not like anyone else,” this beautiful 5-carat black diamond ring was created by jewelry designer Itay Malkin, who worked in collaboration with star Sarah Jessica Parker and costume designer Patricia Field to create the finished product. In true Carrie Bradshaw fashion, the black diamond has influenced the rising popularity of non-traditional engagement rings, including the rising trend of using colored gemstones instead of traditional diamonds.


Cleopatra’s Headdresses

Winning an Academy Award for Best Costume Design is one of the few highlights of this historically epic period film, which has garnered notoriety for it’s record level budget (it remains one of the most expensive films ever made, adjusted for inflation), just as much as it’s inability to recoup the financial loss it experienced.  However, the film has remained a classic, and rightfully so. It’s Oscar win for Best Costume Design was a welcome reward, as the film showcased some truly inspiring styles, but it’s safe to say that the intricate headdresses worn by star Elizabeth Taylor secured it’s win, most notably the gold “falcon” headdress.


 Vivian’s Ruby and Diamond Necklace

One of the most iconic scenes in movie history, was in fact a playful prank captured on film. Director Garry Marshall wanted to wake up star Julia Roberts after a late night, and had co-star Richard Gere playfully snap the lid to the jewelry box he was holding when she reached for the necklace inside, inciting genuine laughter from Roberts the the production loved so much, they decided to keep the shot in the film, which has now become an iconic scene in film history. What Roberts was reaching for however, has become just as iconic. The sparkling ruby and diamond necklace that was “loaned” to Gere’s character in the film, as well as the red dress worn by Roberts, is one of the most recognizable images from the film, and made Roberts a fashion icon during that period.  


The Heart of the Ocean
TITANIC (1997)

Being featured in the highest grossing film of all time, is definitely a perk.  It helps though when the item featured is one of the most beautiful creations ever designed.  Created by jewelers Asprey & Garrard, the prop used for filming was relatively inexpensive, made using cubic zirconias for insurance reasons. After the film’s success, Asprey & Garrard were commissioned to create an authentic Heart of the Ocean necklace using the original design. The result was a platinum-set, 171-carat heart-shaped Ceylon sapphire surrounded by 103 diamonds, and was valued at over $4 million.  It was later auctioned for charity, and was sold to a private collector for $2.2 million, although is has never been made available for public viewing.  The only time the necklace was worn in public was by singer Celine Dion, who wore the necklace to the Academy Awards as she was the singer of the film’s theme.


Do you agree with our list?  Do you have a favorite that we didn’t include?  Let us know!