Luxury jewellery in movies go way back when. Since the beginning of Hollywood, about 100 years ago, luscious pieces have made their way on the big screen, used as timeless profound symbols or even plot devices. And Cartier isn’t the only jewellery house making appearances in film, as seen in the recent blockbuster Ocean’s 8.
Still, it could be said that what truly — excuse the pun — stole the show was the magnificent Cartier Jeanne Toussaint necklace at the centre of the crime-comedy’s plot, a creation that Sandra Bullock’s character and her band of thieves set out to nick during the annual Met Gala.
And Ocean’s 8 is far from Cartier’s first collaboration with movie projects. For the 2014 biopic Grace of Monaco starring Nicole Kidman, the jeweller created five replicas of Grace Kelly’s best-loved jewels from the brand — her engagement ring (Kelly proudly wore her 10.47-ct emerald-cut diamond Cartier engagement ring on the set of the 1956 musical comedy High Society), two figurative brooches, a tiara and a necklace. And for the 1974 version of The Great Gatsby starring Robert Redford and Mia Farrow, Cartier stepped in with art deco historical pieces and inspired reproductions, including a Love Birds brooch, a pearl-and-emerald sautoir, and an unmissable marquise-cut engagement ring.
But there are plenty other brands who have lent some spectacular creations that have graced the silver screen. Here they are:
The ruby-and-diamond necklace that Julia Roberts reaches for — and Richard Gere snaps the jewellery case closed on — was designed by Fred in 1989 and reportedly cost US$250,000.
Designed by Stefano Canturi, the platinum necklace set with more than 1,000 diamonds worn by Nicole Kidman was expected to fetch more than £660,000. But Canturi withdrew the lot when he decided he couldn’t part with it.
Chanel loaned its ambassador Keira Knightley US$2 million of jewellery for the film adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s novel, including a triple-strand white gold-and-diamond necklace befitting of the film’s socialite heroine.
This Princess of Wales biopic featured Chopard’s watches, bags and jewellery from its Happy Diamonds and high jewellery collections, including a three-row necklace of 92 pear- and cushion-cut diamonds.
Tiffany & Co. teamed up with the film’s costume designer to design Jazz Age jewels, such as the Savoy diamond-and-pearl headpiece that adorned Carey Mulligan’s bob. The House then launched the Ziegfeld Collection, based on archival designs from the 1920s.