It's almost Christmas time, and we're feeling reminiscent... So why not add to the seasonal sparkle with a look back at some of the best diamond jewellery that starred in film? From '50s show dance to noughties style, diamonds are forever suited to being in front of the camera.
5. Marie Antoinette
“The one thing I’ve learned about girls from the gutter is they know their jewels.”
The palace of Versailles is already a shooting location that dreams are made of; where better to showcase $4 million worth of stunning Fred Leighton jewellery? This young queen is infamously remembered for her courtly extravagance, and the leading lady’s jewellery is unforgivingly glamorous. These vintage accessories signify Marie’s story in themselves, moving from the pastel lightness of her heart-shaped wedding ring to harder, sharper lines.
4. How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
From Paris to Manhattan – and from vintage jewels to contemporary diamonds. They’re at the heart of this comedic adventure about misdirection, manipulation and inevitable romance. Andie Anderson’s top five-worthy accessory is an 84-carat yellow-diamond necklace. It’s an absolute showstopper that’s real worth is around $5 million – yet its Hollywood history extends beyond How To Lose A Guy; previously owned by Harry Winston, the Isadora Diamond was also worn by Whoopi Goldberg at the 74th Academy Awards.“A woman in love wants diamonds.”
3. Breakfast at Tiffany's
Is there a more famous presentation of bejewelled glamour than Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s? No one has ever made eating a danish and sipping a coffee look as good as when paired with a Chanel diamond necklace. Even the promotion of this 1961 classic was all wrapped up in brilliance; the Breakfast at Tiffany’s poster displays Hepburn wearing the Tiffany Diamond, a 128-carat yellow diamond and one of the largest yellow diamonds ever discovered. This was only the second time in history that the diamond has been worn by a woman, which is really quite special.“You could always tell what kind of a person a man thinks you are by the earrings he gives you.”
2. Sex and the City 2
All anyone can talk about right now are diamond trilogy rings, courtesy of the royal engagement. But this certainly isn’t the first time our world’s been rocked by a sudden engagement ring trend. Rewind eight years ago to Sex and the City 2, where main character Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) finally gets her Big proposal
– and a unique black diamond to go with it. 5 carat and 18-karat white gold, the ring has landed on many a Most Famous engagement rings list and saw black diamonds greatly increase in consumer popularity.
1. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
We’ve already mentioned the supreme Breakfast at Tiffany’s, but did you know that the author’s first choice for the lead role was Marilyn Monroe? Monroe’s starring role in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes also revolves around a passion for the finest jewellery, but its legacy lies not only in the gems, but the jazz: “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend.”
The 24-carat pear-shaped diamond that Monroe wears during this iconic number is named ‘Moon of Baroda’. Again, it’s a yellow-coloured spectacle – we’re spotting a theme here… Its previous lucky owners include Marie Antoinette (the real version!).“I just love finding new places to wear diamonds.”