Although costume design isn't what most people pay attention to in a movie, there are some films that have made certain styles world famous.
Three movies in particular feature necklaces that have become universally renowned – "Titanic," "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days" and "Breakfast At Tiffany's."
The Heart of the Ocean
"Titanic" tells the story of star-crossed lovers who met aboard the ocean liner that famously struck an iceberg and sunk in 1912. The movie, released in 1997, was written and directed by James Cameron. Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet starred in the film as the unlikely couple, Jack Dawson and Rose Dewitt Bukater.
Rose is a young aristocrat who boarded the Titanic with her mother and fiancé, Cal Hockley. Jack, on the other hand, is an artist who won a steerage-class ticket in a card game. Once underway, Cal presents Rose with a beautiful blue diamond necklace called the Heart of the Ocean. He told her that it once belonged to King Louis XVI, a story reminiscent of the famous Hope Diamond.
As the days pass, Jack and Rose fall in love. In one of the most iconic scenes, he draws her while she's wearing nothing but the Heart of the Ocean. Before the boat sinks, Rose gives the diamond back to Cal to show she's chosen Jack for good. Jack doesn't make it to America but when Rose does, she realizes she's wearing Cal's jacket where he stashed the necklace. When she's more than 100 years old, deep sea explorers delve into the ship's wreckage and Rose fills them in on her heartbreaking experience. When the movie comes to a close, Rose drops the necklace into the ocean before peacefully passing away.
The necklace used in the movie was designed by Asprey & Garrad, but it wasn't made from real blue diamonds. The prop had blue cubic zirconia set in white gold, which was valued at $10,000, according to Titanic Universe. After the film proved to be a smash hit, the designers made a more official version with a 170-carat Ceylon sapphire that was surrounded with diamonds. It was valued up to $4 million and was auctioned off, with the caveat that Celine Dion could wear it to the 1998 Academy Awards for her performance of the theme song. A second necklace was created by Harry Winston and graced the neck of Gloria Stuart, the actress who played old Rose, at the Oscars that same year. That necklace was made with a 15-carat blue diamond for a total value of $20 million. Show off your own heart of the ocean and buy a Tommaso Design Created Sapphire and Genuine Diamond Heart Pendant.
The Isadora Diamond
In "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days," Andie Anderson, played by Kate Hudson, is a writer on an assignment to make a guy break up with her in 10 days or less. Benjamin Barry, portrayed by Matthew McConaughey, is an advertising executive looking to win a bet based on how quickly a woman can fall in love with him. Soon the two are playing games against each other while slowly falling in actual love. Ben is vying for control of a huge account, the diamond company DeLauer. Andie joins Ben at a gala where everyone is able to try on the swanky DeLauer collection and Mr. DeLauer insists Andie wears the Isadora diamond because she's so beautiful. After a dramatic falling out and a tender make-up scene, Andie and Ben give their relationship a fair chance.
Harry Winston designed the necklace especially for the movie. As a result, a specific gown was created by designer Dina Bar-el for Kate Hudson to wear with the yellow diamond. The 84-carat Isadora necklace was valued more than $5 million, making it the most expensive piece of jewelry to be created for a movie, according to The Richest. International Movie Database reported that "How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days" featured more than $14 million in jewels. For your own Isadora necklace, see the Original Star K Cushion Cut Simulated Yellow Sapphire Pendant at Fine Jewelers.
Audrey Hepburn's pearls
One of the most classic American movies, "Breakfast At Tiffany's," was released in 1961. The film was based on a novel by the same name by Truman Capote. Audrey Hepburn plays the lead character, Holly Golightly, a wealthy girl who loves to shop and socialize. She's known for accepting gifts and money from men who fall in love with her, then discarding them. A writer named Paul moves in next door and an interesting love affair begins.
Hepburn's iconic outfit from the movie is a black Givenchy dress with a gorgeous pearl and diamond necklace. Her hair is tied back in a bun that's dressed up with a diamond barrette. The famous image shows her resting a cigarette holder on her hand, which is covered in a long black glove. You're on your way to Audrey Hepburn perfection with a 60-inch White Fresh Water Cultured Pearl Rope, which you can wrap around your neck several times.