ICONIC JEWELLERY THAT STOLE THE SCENE IN CLASSIC CINEMA MOMENTS
Though getting out and about can be exciting, whether you’re shopping in central London or jetting off across the country for a fabulous weekend away, there are going to be weekends where you want nothing more than to snuggle up under a blanket and relax.
For the fine jewellery aficionados across the globe, there’s a way you’ll be able to get your gemstone fix from the comfort of your own home without having to even lift a finger. You’ll be able to view extraordinary and magnificent jewellery creations in the most unlikely of places – the cinema.
As popular culture has developed and changed over the years alongside the cinematic experience, directors and producers have continually churned out movie after movie, in a whole array of genres. You may have been so engrossed in the gripping action plots, romance and seduction or memorable one liners that you had overlooked one of the most important part of the movie, the actors/actresses wardrobes. The ingenious and meticulous teams of costume and wardrobe designers, are integral in the process of transporting you back in time or across far distant lands. Without them, the films simply wouldn’t be believable.
At Wakefields we’ve curated a list of the top films which feature the most sensational pieces of jewellery we’ve seen – it will be interesting to see whether you had previously noticed the lavish and intricate jewellery detailing that was incorporated into some of the most iconic scenes before!
Breakfast at Tiffany’s – 1961
The true Hollywood icon, Audrey Hepburn plays the sprightly, leading lady in the 60’s romantic-comedy, Breakfast at Tiffany’s. A party girl with a penchant for mesmerising jewellery, at times it seemed as though Audrey took more of a supporting role to the striking, statement pearl and diamond necklace. Layer upon layer of lustrous pearls, stacked with sparkling diamonds, the necklace’s legacy is almost as great as the actress’ herself and a piece of art within its own right. The movie has endured the test of time, proving to be just as popular today as it was when it first debuted. Audrey proves that a little black dress can be accentuated with statement jewellery designs. If you’re looking to mimic the chic and elegant styling from Breakfast at Tiffany’s, we personally recommend browsing through Jersey Pearl’s selection of freshwater pearl jewellery. From classic pearl strands, to more contemporary designs, the brand has reimagined the use of pearls in modern jewellery.
Titanic – 1997
The fictionalised romantic tragedy, based on the true events of the sinking of the Titanic, and a film which few can watch without shedding a tear, hosts one the most striking and unforgettable pieces of jewellery. Asprey & Garrad were commissioned to create an authentic replica of the aptly named ‘Heart of the Ocean’ – the platinum set necklace features an incredible 171 carat, heart-shaped Ceylon sapphire surrounded by 103 diamonds. In the story, the fictional blue diamond was originally owned by Louis XVI and cut into a heart shape after the French Revolution. Kate Winslet, reclining with the showstopper delicately placed around her neck still remains a notable moment in film history. If you’re looking to take home your very own Heart of the Ocean, we sadly don’t stock anything quite as large, but have an impressive selection of Sapphire gemstone jewellery, from rings to pendants – you could even treat yourself to a set!
Marie Antoinette – 2006
Sofia Coppola’s historical drama featuring Kirtsen Dunst as Marie Antoinette is all delightful shades of pink, extravagant dresses and ringlet curls. Her opulent ensembles are iced with magnificent drop and chandelier style earrings and sparkling, diamond chokers, literally fit for a queen. Though the fashion styling has evolved considerably over the years, the jewellery and accessories seen in the film aren’t that different from those seen on the red carpets today. If you’ve got a special event or occasion which requires you to dress to impress, at Wakefields we’ve got a magnificent collection of diamond and precious gemstone jewellery that’ll leave you feeling like lavishly decorated nobility.
Girl with a Pearl Earring – 2003
Decidedly more demure than the extravagant jewellery creations seen in the previous movies, the Girl with a Pearl Earring is far simpler in its charm. If you haven’t seen the film, it’s easy enough to guess the core storyline from the title alone, and Scarlett Johansson plays the leading role of Griet. The film itself is actually based entirely around the infamous painting by Johannes Vermeer, who is played by Colin Firth in the adaptation. The artistic, romance between the pair on screen adds incredible emotion and meaning to the simple pearl earrings, which are centric to the entire plot. If you feel the need to own a pair of earrings similar to that in the painting, as well as the beautiful pearls from Jersey Pearl, we also have an exquisite selection of fine pearl jewellery from D.AMMO who appreciate the transformative power of simple, lustrous pearls.
The Great Gatsby – 2013
Based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1952 classic novel, the film adaptation is an explosion of parties, excess and diamonds with a tragic and dark ending. If you were able to draw your eyes away from Leonardo DiCaprio’s suave and sophisticated charm for long enough, you will have noticed that Carey Mulligan, who takes on the role of Daisy, was seen encrusted in diamonds throughout the film. The actress wore Art Deco fine jewellery designs, definitive of the period, including a stunning pearl bracelet and ring design paired with stunning jewelled head pieces absolutely dripping with diamonds. If you fell in love with the vintage costumes and of course, the jewellery, you’ll have to pop in store to view our delightful selection of timeless diamond and pearl jewellery designs, which have remained in style from the 20’s through to the present day.
Moulin Rouge – 2001
The vivid and exciting musical, Moulin Rouge, featuring Nicole Kidman as the captivating Satine, is a seductive and mesmerising film. Filled with dramatic, theatrical headdresses and large, exaggerated earrings paired with humongous spiral diamond necklaces and lashings of yellow gold – the fine jewellery creations are unavoidable. If you want to recreate Satine’s unforgettable, show-stopping looks, we recommend forgetting about the ‘less is more’ rule and embracing larger than life designs. Though we don’t have the same sparkling headdresses in store, we recommend layering precious gemstone pieces to achieve Nicole Kidman’s incredibly, opulent styling.
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes – 1953
Eternally gorgeous, blonde bombshell, Marilyn Monroe is the epitome of flirtatious fun in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. In the glamourous showgirl, technicolour musical, admirers on screen and off screen alike take in her breathtakingly beautiful bracelets, layered necklaces and earrings – all encrusted with diamonds of course! If you’d like to follow the icon’s philosophy of ‘diamonds are a girl’s best friend’ we have a truly sparkling selection of fine, diamond jewellery available to purchase online and in store. Incredibly versatile in their styling, diamonds will make a wonderful statement if worn with occasion wear, but can also offer a polished finish to work and weekend ensembles.
Pretty Woman – 1990
The film that continues to capture the hearts of hopeless romantics to this day, Pretty Woman, features one of the most beautiful pieces of jewellery seen in modern cinema. When wealthy tycoon Richard Gere, transforms streetwalker, Julia Roberts, into a beautiful lady, he lovingly adds the finishing touch of a stunning gemstone necklace. Custom made by French jeweller Fred Joaillier, the necklace is made with 23 pear-cut rubies set in the centres of diamond encrusted hearts, all encompassed in 18 carat white gold. The scene is particularly memorable, as Gere snaps the box shut on Julia Roberts hand as she reaches for it, causing us all to smile ear-to-ear. Romantic and passionate, rubies make for the perfect gift for a loved one – in-store we have a stunning selection of pendants, rings and other designs featuring opulent rubies, so if you’re looking to emulate Julia Roberts’ lavish style in the scene, look no further than Wakefields!
How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days – 2003
With laughter, romance and Matthew McConaughey as the perfect piece of eye candy, ‘How to Lose a Guy in 10 days’ is one of the ultimate feel-good films. In one of the most memorable scenes the leading lady, Kate Hudson, simply glows in a stunning, canary yellow floor length gown, paired with a gigantic, yellow diamond necklace. Harry Winston’s ‘Isadora Diamond’ is a 80 carat yellow diamond worth $5-6 million, commands the scene, capturing admiring glances from everyone both in the film and at home. Wearing a diamond necklace this large, it’s no surprise that Kate Hudson’s smile shines as brightly as the sparkling gem! If you’d like to take home a piece of jewellery similar to the Isadora Diamond in this rom-com, we have a selection of beautiful yellow diamond rings in-store to purchase. Though yellow diamonds are slightly more unconventional than other gemstone jewellery, we think they are absolutely breath-taking with their sunshine-like radiance.