Do you adore the glitz and glamour of Hollywood? Love seeing a little sparkle on the silver screen? Well grab your popcorn and settle in as we count down our top 10 most iconic jewelry in movies.
Since the earliest days of Tinseltown, Hollywood has had a love of sparkle and shine, from dazzling designer jewels to the golden guy himself, Oscar. Today we’re bringing together our love of jewelry and film with a look at some of the best and most iconic jewelry in movies.
Lorelei’s Diamond Necklace | Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)
Kicking things off with an iconic performance of the song “Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend,” Marilyn Monroe further cemented her status as a Hollywood starlet in the 1953 film Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. During her performance of this signature tune, however, many people’s eyes were focused on Monroe’s neckline. The infamous “Moon of Baroda” diamond makes it’s Hollywood debut as the focal point of the lavish Harry Winston necklace that Marilyn wears. The 24-carat pear-shaped yellow diamond previously adorned the necks of Empress Maria Theresa of Austria and Marie Antoinette. A girl’s best friend, indeed!
The One Ring | The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (2001-2003)
At first glance, Number 9 on our list may seem like a pretty ordinary, simple golden ring. However, the story surrounding it is anything but! The Lord of the Rings trilogy is built around the quest of a hobbit named Frodo who’s tasked with destroying the One Ring in the fires of Mount Doom, where it was originally forged, before it falls into the hands of the Dark Lord Sauron. Sure, this may be a geekier choice than many of the others on this list, but there’s no denying that this precious, little golden ring was the catalyst for one of the biggest film franchises ever.
Andie’s Yellow Diamond Necklace | How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003)
Popping in at number 8 is the breathtaking Harry Winton “Isadora” Yellow Diamond necklace, featured in the 2003 Kate Hudson romantic comedy, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days. Hudson’s character Andie turns heads at a gala wearing this beautiful diamond wreath necklace featuring an 84-carat yellow diamond, valued at over $5 million. However, this isn’t the first Hollywood appearance for the “Isadora,” as it previously adorned the neck of Whoopi Goldberg when she hosted the 2002 Academy Awards.
Satine’s Diamond Necklace | Moulin Rouge (2001)
Sparkling it’s way to number 7 is the gorgeous Stefano “Satine” Diamond Necklace from Baz Luhrmann’s 2001 film, Moulin Rouge. Named after Nicole Kidman’s character from the film, this stunning necklace from designer Stefano Canturi weighs in at 134 carats. Featuring 1,308 diamonds, it holds the record for the most expensive piece of jewelry ever created specifically for a film, at the time worth more than $1 million.
James Bond’s Rolex Submariner 6538 | Dr. No (1962)
Style is a major focus for Bond, James Bond. Sneaking in at Number 6 on our list, Ian Fleming’s British spy became a fashion icon with his signature Rolex timepiece. For his debut appearance in “Dr. No”, Agent 007 (played by Sean Connery) sports the Rolex Submariner 6538, which is still considered the ultimate bond watch by many fans. In 1995, however, Omega became the official watch of MI6 and Bond, with current Bond Daniel Craig sporting an Omega Seamaster, becoming iconic to a whole new generation of Bond fans.
Scarlet’s Cameo Brooch | Gone with the Wind (1939)
Known for its extravagant style costumes, 1939’s Gone with the Wind was a whirlwind film that captured the attention of the entire country, making it one of the most successful films of all time and landing it at Number 5 on our list. Off all the stylish jewelry worn during the film, however, one piece remains as the most memorable. You may not agree, but frankly, my dear, we don’t give a….. well, you know. Cloaked in a heavy velvet mourning dress, the large cameo brooch worn by actress Vivian Leigh as Scarlet O’Hara captured the attention of audiences, with cameo brooches seeing a rise in popularity after the film’s release. A fun fact though: the brooch itself was actually one of the only pieces of jewelry NOT created for the film by famed movie jewelry designer Eugene Joseff. It actually belonged to the mother of the film’s costume designer, Walter Plunkett.
Holly’s Pearl and Diamond Necklace | Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)
The introduction of Holly Golightly in the 1961 film Breakfast at Tiffany’s may be one of the most fashionably stylish intros in all of film history. Actress Audrey Hepburn slides from a taxi in her form-fitting “little black dress,” which was custom made by French designer Givenchy specifically for Hepburn and the film. While this famous dress took most of the notoriety, there’s no denying that the necklace Hepburn is wearing became iconic in it’s own right, ending up at Number 4 on our list. Made from cascading pearl strands and clasped together with a diamond brooch, this eye-catching necklace from designer Roger Scemama, continues to inspire jewelry designers and jewelry lovers to this very day.
Carrie’s Black Diamond Engagement Ring | Sexy and the City 2 (2010)
Another more modern entry on the list, making an entrance at Number 3, is the Black Diamond Engagement ring from the 2010 sequel Sex and the City 2. In the film, Carrie is given a beautiful 5-carat black diamond ring because, as Mr. Big states, “you’re not like anyone else.” Set in 18k white gold and featuring 78 pave diamonds surrounding it, the 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, this black diamond ring has influenced the rising popularity of non-traditional engagement rings, including the recent trend of using colored gemstones instead of traditional diamonds.
Vivian’s Ruby and Diamond Necklace | Pretty Woman (1990)
The film that catapulted Julia Roberts from relative unknown to one of the biggest stars in Hollywood enters our list at number 2. Pretty Woman was a hit upon its release in 1990, and one of the most iconic scenes from the movie was, in fact, a playful prank captured on film. To complement the stunning red dress that Roberts’ character Vivian appears in, Richard Gere’s Edward opens up a jewelry box with a special surprise being loaned to him for that very evening. The necklace inside was custom designed for the film by French jewelry brand Fred Joaillier, featuring 23 pear-cut rubies at the center of diamond encrusted hearts. At the time, it was valued at over $250,000, and an armed security guard was assigned by the jeweler to be on set during filming. Director Garry Marshall had Gere playfully snap down the lid to the jewelry box as Vivian reaches for it, inciting genuine laughter from Roberts. The shot ended up in the final cut, which has now become one of the most memorable scenes from the film.
The Heart of the Ocean | Titanic (1997)
When it comes to being Number 1, being featured in one of the highest grossing films of all time definitely helps. It also helps though when the jewelry being featured is one of the most beautiful creations ever designed. The Heart of the Ocean tops our list of the most iconic jewelry in film, and it’s not really hard to see why. Created by London-based jewelers Asprey & Garrard, the prop used for filming was relatively inexpensive, made using cubic zirconias. After the film’s success, the jewelers were commissioned to create an authentic Heart of the Ocean necklace using the original prop’s design. The result was a platinum-set, 171-carat heart-shaped Ceylon sapphire pendant surrounded by 103 diamonds, on a chain featuring a mix of round, pear, and marquise-cut white diamonds. It was later auctioned for charity and sold to a private collector, and has since 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 1998 Academy Awards. While people may still be arguing over whether or not Jack could’ve survived next to Rose on that floating door, for us, there’s no denying that Titanic’s Heart of the Ocean is the most iconic piece of jewelry in movie history.
So, what did you think of our list of the top 10 jewelry in movies? Was something too high? Too low? Did we leave off one of your favorites? Let us know in the comments!