Jewelry and precious stones often play a major role in the movie, and are not present at the shooting area as props.
Let us try to recall the jewelry masterpieces that have left their unforgettable marks in the cinema.
In 1931, Greta Garbo was playing a spy dancer in the “Mata Hari” picture. Earrings in the Eastern style, provided by the Joseff of Hollywood Jewelry House, excellently complemented the image of cold-blooded courtesan.
In the 1930s, the situation, when the actresses wore personal jewels for filming, was very usual. Marlene Dietrich, style icon of 1930, purchased a luxurious set of two bracelets and brooches by the Trabert & Hoeffer-Mauboussin Jewelry House. Unique bracelet with 97-carat emerald successfully starred in several scenes, especially in the picture “Desire”.
Heroines of Alfred Hitchcock shine with diamonds. In 1946, actress Ingrid Bergman became the main character of the Hitchcock’s “Notorious”. In one of the scenes, Ingrid appeared wearing a magnificent diamond necklace by Harry Winston.
The decoration of the Hitchcock’s “Stage Fright”, in which the main role was played by Marlene Dietrich, was a bracelet of rubies and diamonds Jarretière from Van Cleef & Arpels. In 1937, Louis Arpels himself created it specifically for the picture.
The movie “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” starring Marilyn Monroe can rightly be considered one of the most famous incursions of jewels into the world of cinema of the mid-20th century. Here, the song, the lyrics of which became popular, was performed for the first time: “Talk to me, Harry Winston, tell me all about it!” Marilyn was very fascinating in pink sateen dress and necklace, the main part of which was a famous Indian diamond The Moon of Baroda.
The film “Sissi – Fateful Years of an Empress” starring Romy Schneider tells about the imperial family, so there are lots of jewelry worthy of royalty.
Among all the magnificence of jewelry in the movie “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”, there is one jewelry masterpiece — a necklace, which weaves many strands of pearls, on top of which there is a rose with a big diamond in the Center. That diamond has the name of the “Tiffany” company and it is its permanent mascot. Luxury necklace coupled with a little black dress by Givenchy has been a symbol of simplicity and elegance for generations.
In the film “Cleopatra”, Elizabeth Taylor looks like a real pharaoh Cleopatra in an unsurpassed jewelry by Bvlgari. The role of Cleopatra gave Taylor the love of her life — during the filming, she met her future husband Richard Burton. Elizabeth Taylor adored jewelry by the Bvlgari Jewelry House. Richard Burton wasn’t lying when he said: “The only word Liz knows in Italian is Bulgari.”
Fabulously beautiful jewels decorate the heroine of Catherine Deneuve in “Donkeyskin”.
One of the heroes of the magic love story narrated by Garry Marshall in the movie “Pretty Woman” became a luxurious necklace with rubies that artisans of the Fred Jewelry House from France made to order of the film company.
Gangster style cannot do without the gem – Mafiosi are famous for having a weakness for luxury items, particularly jewelry – rings with precious stones, gold bracelets with diamonds and gold cufflinks with monograms.
They also are known for their generosity towards the beloved women. Specifically for the famous scene in the movie “Casino”, the Bvlgari Jewelry House created a whole collection of jewelry. Lavish and pompous style of Bvlgari with an abundance of colored semiprecious stones and gold, fit the on-screen aesthetics of the film “Casino”, symbolizing unexpectedly found wealth.
About James Cameron’s “Titanic” people used to talk so much that mentioning it seems almost indecent. The film’s jewel, the “Heart of the Ocean” necklace with the heart-shaped sapphire crafted by the Asprey & Garrad Jewelry House, still touches us, and that is why we just cannot get around it with our attention.
The jeweler Stefano Canturi created a wonderful necklace “Satine” in the style of Art Nouveau specifically for the film “Moulin Rouge”. What is the main attraction of the movie? Whether it is Nicole Kidman or jewelry masterpiece is philosophical question. At the time of the release of the movie, necklace “Satine” was the most expensive in the history of cinema.
In the movie “Maid in Manhattan”, heroine of Jennifer Lopez turns from “Cinderella to the Princess”. Gentle peach dress, necklace and earrings from Harry Winston make a great image for a modern Princess.
Catherine Zeta-Jones’ heroine, marriage swindler, adventuress and heart-eater in the romantic comedy “Intolerable Cruelty” by the cultic Coen brothers appears before the audience either in one, or another jewel by H. Stern, the famous jewelry brand in the United States.
In the romantic comedy “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days” starring Kate Hudson, the main character is offered to try Isadora necklace. The Isadora necklace was created by the House of Harry Winston where the 51.94-carat yellow sapphire was used as a central stone.
“Vanity Fair”, film adaptation of the novel by William Thackeray, the Victorian writer, was released in 2004. The House of Chanel presented the jewelry to the actresses for the filming. The collection was named after Becky Sharp, one of the protagonists of the film. A lot of rubies and diamonds from Chanel shine on Reese Witherspoon, but most unforgettable movie decoration is “1920”, the necklace consisting of diamonds, a Burmese ruby and pearls. This gorgeous necklace is a replica of the very first diamond jewelry, created by great Mademoiselle Chanel in 1932.
In the film “Basic Instinct 2″, Catherine Tramell, intellectual person and famous writer, has got trouble with the law again. Again, the fateful seductress sets traps to lovely detective, by igniting passion in him. The jewelry by the House of Chopard, which was selected as the official supplier of jewelry for that picture, shows off on the heroine of Sharon Stone.
The main sponsor of the scandalous Ang Lee’s film “Lust, Caution”, the Venice Film Festival winner of 2007, was a famous jewelry House of Cartier. To Ang Lee’s order, designers of Cartier created a unique piece of jewelry, which is of particular significance in the story. Artisans of the House manufactured an exclusive ring, in which they reflected fashion trends of the era the film tells about.
Movie “The King’s Speech” is not only an interesting chapter from the history of Great Britain, but also a clear demonstration of the fashion preferences in movies. Beloved woman of Duke of Windsor Edward VIII, Wallis Simpson, was recognized a style icon of her time. It is for the character of “Wallis Simpson” the Van Cleef & Arpels Jewelry House has created Zipper, a unique lightning-shaped transformer necklace, which is to be worn on one’s back. That piece can be unzipped or turned into a bracelet.
In this movie, the Angelina Jolie’s heroine is wearing the jeweled accessories by the Asprey brand and the beautiful diamond necklace crafted out of an antique tiara by the famous designer of jewelry Robert Prokop.
Engagement ring of Bella Swan, the heroine of vampire saga, was made by the Infinite Jewelry & Co. Jewelry House. Jewelers of the company designed the Victorian ring, decorated with a scattering of diamonds, jointly with Stephenie Meyer, the author of the “Twilight” series.
By adaptation of the legendary love story of the 20th century, Madonna decided to draw her visual stylist Arianne Phillips. The important role was played by the jewelry in this regard, as it is known that the Duke of Windsor showered Wallis Simpson with the jeweled gifts. For copies of jewelry, Madonna turned to Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels. The bracelet with crosses by Cartier that David gave to Wallis, while making marriage proposal, was the gem of the collection. For the rigorous work on the images in this film, costume designer Arianne Phillips was nominated for an Academy Award.
To convey the atmosphere of the Russian high society of the era of the 19th century in the regular adaptation of the novel by Leo Tolstoy Anna Karenina, Jacqueline Durrant, famous painter and costume designer said: “No to imitations and bijouterie.” Keira Knightley, starring in the film, completely got used to luxury goods and jewelry according to the image of Princess Oblonskaya. According to the actress’ words, one of Anna’s character traits is vanity, she must always shine. Stylistically right and luxurious jewelry by the Chanel Jewelry House helped to convey the mood of the heroine, to reveal the plot of the drama and to consist with the era generally.
In the film adaptation of the famous novel by Scott Fitzgerald “The Great Gatsby”, in 1974, Robert Redford, Mia Farrow and more than fifty original Cartier jewels were starring in the film. In another film adaptation of the novel, Tiffany & Co. was chosen as the jeweler’s partner: F. Scott Fitzgerald was among the regular customers of the famous Jewelry House. Gorgeous Art Deco jewels were separate “characters” of the legendary American story. Modern artisans of Tiffany & Co. very accurately recreated the style of jazz, we see the main character wearing the bando tiara in the style of 1920s. For the Gatsby, jewelers made cufflinks with the GG monogram and the ring with engraving, which are unique.
The leading role of British Princess Diana in the film with the same name was played by Naomi Watts and the exclusive jewelry was presented by the Chopard Jewelry House. About 30 pieces of jewelry were made specifically for the filming of movies, which merely echo the real jewels of the Royal Court. Designers of the House carefully studied pictures of Princess Diana, to create virtually exact replicas of jewelry that she wore during the iconic showing of her face.
Specially for the film “Grace of Monaco”, the Cartier Jewelry House reproduced Grace Kelly’s classic jewelry. Modern artisans made exact copies of historical treasures, which were given by Prince to his bride, and then wife, preliminary having received permission from the heirs of the famous princely couple.
As we can see, modern cinema does not squander high jewelry on bijouterie.
Classic Jewelry House “Lobortas” has made its feasible contribution to the history of cinema, by having provided their works for the filming of “The Clan of Jewellers”.
The fate of precious jewelry, which “played their role” in the world’s cinema, was different. Some were bought for private collections, others were sold at various auctions, others remained in the collections of Jewelry Houses that produced them, and there are those that were irretrievably lost or their individual elements reveal themselves from time to time. Moreover, maybe their story will become a new storyline for the next film…