In this photograph, lucky Edwardian lady Evalyn Walsh McLean is wearing the ‘original’ “Heart of the Ocean” – the blue Hope diamond. She was the last private owner of the stunning jewel. The Hope diamond was never on Titanic, but Evalyn did own it in 1912, having purchased it a year earlier. So, Titanic and the blue diamond necklace are connected through the same time period, if not exactly the same location. The Hope diamond today. Except for the shape, it looks exactly like the “Heart of the Ocean” necklace used in the 1997 Titanic film.
Characters, stories, and places aren’t the only things that gain notoriety when featured in popular movies–gems and jewels seen in some of these films are often quite memorable as well. Listed here are 10 of the best gems and jewelry pieces made famous by the big screen.
The Heart of the Ocean Pendant, Titanic
Inspired by a real sapphire pendant believed to have been aboard the Titanic when it sunk, “The Heart of the Ocean” is one of the most famous pieces of jewelry when it comes to Hollywood blockbusters. In James Cameron’s Titanic, this stunning pendant can be seen adorning the likes of Kate Winslet, the actress who plays Rose. Because of the movie’s huge success, countless replicas of “The Heart of the Ocean” pendant were made for Titanic fans across the globe.
Bella’s Charm Bracelet, Eclipse (The Twilight Saga)
Fans of the Twilight movies swooned over the lovely charm bracelet given to Bella Swan by Jacob Black at her graduation party. Not long after Bella accepted the delicate chain that featured a single, hand-carved wolf charm, another jewel was added to it–a sparkling crystal heart from Edward Cullen.
Ruby and Diamond Necklace, Pretty Woman
The ruby and diamond necklace presented to Vivian, played by actress Julia Roberts in the movie Pretty Woman, is another piece of jewelry made famous in the movies. When the rich businessman Edward Lewis, played by Richard Gere, presents Vivian with the stunning gift, he snaps the lid of the necklace box closed just as she reaches in to examine it. The light-hearted laughter that follows made this particular scene in the movie just as famous as the necklace itself.
Audrey Hepburn’s Pearls, Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Audrey Hepburn’s classic style is a timeless one that women of all ages try to imitate–and the image that’s conjured up most frequently is her famous look that can be seen in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Since the movie’s debut in the 1960’s, her multi-strand pearl necklace and her little black dress have become staple pieces in many women’s wardrobes.
Emerald Stone, Romancing the Stone
A large emerald is the center attention in this romantic adventure that stars Kathleen Turner, Michael Douglas, and Danny DeVito. A wild goose chase involving a treasure map, a thrilling journey to Columbia, and a hungry alligator are just a few plot thickeners that make this movie’s striking jewel so memorable.
Pink Panther Diamond, The Pink Panther
If you haven’t seen the movie The Pink Panther, you might assume that it’s about the bubble-gum colored panther you’ve seen in the cartoons. A common misconception, it’s actually not about a loveable pink panther at all–it’s about a diamond. This famous movie jewel was named for an interesting flaw–one that’s shape resembled that of a leaping panther. Its pink hue also contributed to its namesake.
The Maltese Falcon, The Maltese Falcon
A jewel-encrusted relic is the center of this legendary movie that stars Humphrey Bogart. Made of gold and hosting some of the earth’s most precious stones, the Maltese Falcon statue is perhaps one of the most unforgettable movie gems of all time.
The One Ring, The Lord of the Rings
Also known as Sauron’s ring in this wildly popular trilogy based on the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien, this ring is one that is sought after by many because of the power it bestows on the wearer. Like many other jewelry pieces made famous in movies, it inspired many replicas to be made, worn by fans of this incredible saga.
The Baseball Diamond, The Great Muppet Caper
A baseball diamond isn’t just a place where you can watch America’s favorite pastime–it’s the name of a stone featured in a famous movie, too. Named for its size (comparable to a baseball), the Baseball Diamond is a stone highly sought after a by a group of troublesome thieves. In this funny adventure by Jim Henson, the Baseball Diamond is ultimately kept safe by the beloved Muppet gang.
Diamond Necklace, To Catch a Thief
The diamond necklace worn by Grace Kelly in the movie To Catch a Thief is one that can’t easily be ignored. Also starring actor Carey Grant, this movie from the 1950’s about a jewel thief features a fabulous display of Hollywood jewels.
Guest post from Bailey Harris. Bailey writes about insurance quotes for InsuranceQuotes.org.