Remember these famous movie scenes with diamonds?
Diamonds have been taking over the spotlight in some of Hollywood’s most memorable movie scenes
It’s hard to forget the glance of a beautiful diamond, especially in some of Hollywood’s most memorable and famous movie scenes. In most of the cases, the striking diamond is what made the scene so unforgettable and spectacular. For example, when it comes to the Titanic one of the most significant parts of the film is where Kate Winslet’s character, Rose drops the one of a kind blue diamond in the ocean. At the same time, who could forget the time Marilyn Monroe wore diamond jewellery and sang about her love for the beautiful gemstones in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes in 1953? Here’s a list of some of the most unforgettable scenes in movies that feature diamonds:
DIAMOND SCENE FROM PRETTY WOMAN – 1990
Julia Roberts wore a ruby and diamond wreath necklace worth R3 million in Pretty Woman
One of the most memorable scenes in Pretty Woman was the time Edward Lewis (Richard Gere) presented a Vivian (Julia Roberts) with a ruby and diamond wreath necklace in a blue velvet box. The scene shows Julia laughing after Richard closed the box of jewellery on her fingers. The director originally intended the closing of the box to be a practical joke on Julia, but decided to leave the iconic scene as authentic as it is; Julia’s spontaneous and endearing laugh made it one of the most famous movie scenes in Hollywood history. The necklace was custom-designed for the film and has an estimated value of R3 million.
DIAMOND SCENE FROM OCEAN’S THIRTEEN – 2007
Brad Pitt, Matt Damon and George Clooney plan on stealing a R3 billion diamond necklace in Ocean’s Thirteen
During this film three of Hollywood’s most beloved actors, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon and George Clooney get together to plan one of the biggest heists of their lives. This involves the gang stealing an iconic diamond necklace, worth R3 billion from a very important casino owner’s wife.
DIAMOND SCENE FROM TITANIC – 1997
The Heart of the Ocean replica was sold at a charity auction for an estimated R29 million
Who could forget the beautiful blue, heart-shaped diamond, Kate Winslet’s character wore in Titanic? The story behind the diamond, which was dubbed the Heart of the Ocean, is that the unique gemstone once belonged to King Louis XVI and was made into a heart after the French Revolution. Even though the necklace was a fictional piece of jewellery for the film, a replica was made using 170-carat sapphire and 65 diamonds that weighed 30 carats. At the 1998 Academy Awards, Celine Dion wore the spectacular necklace during her performance of the Titanic theme song, ‘My Heart Will Go On’. Before the performance, the replica was sold at a charity auction for a whopping R29 million.
DIAMOND SCENE FROM BLOOD AND WINE – 1996
Jack Nicolson plans to steal a diamond necklace worth, R13 million in Blood and Wine
The 1996 Blood and Wine thriller featured Jack Nicolson getting into trouble after he attempts to steal a diamond necklace worth, R13 million. The once, very wealthy wine merchant finds himself in a lot of debt and in his desperation for money plans to steal his client’s spectacular jewels. Even though the film debuts a lot of ups and downs, for Nicholson the film showcases one of the most extravagant pieces of jewellery ever shown in cinemas.
DIAMOND SCENE FROM SEX AND THE CITY 2 – 2010
Mr Big pops the question with a large black diamond engagement ring in Sex and the City 2
It was such a special moment for Sex and the City’s, Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) – the love of her life, Mr Big finally popped the question. Even though it took six seasons and two movies before the proposal happened, it was worth the wait. Mr Big made the moment unforgettable by proposing with a large black diamond engagement ring. The magnificent ring became one of the most memorable engagement rings in Hollywood.
DIAMOND SCENE FROM HOW TO LOSE A GUY IN 10 DAYS – 2003
Kate Hudson’s character receives an 84-carat yellow diamond pendant worth R69 million
During the romantic comedy, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days Matthew McConaughey’s character, Michael Michele utters the famous words, “A woman in lust wants chocolates, a woman in love wants diamonds.” The film is about two people falling in love, but it’s also about the beauty of a diamond and what it represents. At the final event of the film, Kate Hudson’s character receives an 84-carat yellow diamond pendant worth R69 million. The remarkable piece of jewellery took everyone’s breath away.
DIAMOND SCENE FROM AFFAIR OF A NECKLACE – 2001
Hilary Swank’s necklace in Affair of a Necklace is worth an estimated R84 million
The entire movie revolves around a lavish diamond necklace that Louis XV gave his mistress, Madame du Barry. In the movie, Hilary Swank’s character, Jeanne de Saint-Rémy de Valois, who was orphaned as a child tries to reclaim her royalty. This includes getting her hands on the famous necklace, which is worth an estimated R84 million.
DIAMOND SCENE FROM GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES – 1953
Marilyn Monroe wears a 24-carat, pear-shaped diamond necklace in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
The 1953 remake of the stage musical, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes became one of the most iconic films of all time after Marilyn Monroe’s character, Lorelei Lee sang, Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend. Of course, the film also became unforgettable for the spectacular 24-carat, pear-shaped diamond necklace Monroe wore during the film. The necklace was previously owned by Marie Antoinette and Maria Theresa of Austria.
Whether it’s the precious ‘Heart of the Ocean’ necklace in the Titanic or the spectacular yellow diamond in How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days it’s clear that diamonds have been taking over the spotlight in some of Hollywood’s most memorable movie scenes. One thing is for sure, we simply can’t get enough of these remarkable jewellery pieces and the gorgeous actresses, who were lucky enough to wear them.