The resemblance between The Hope Diamond and the Heart of the Ocean
There’s a remarkable resemblance between the Hope Diamond and the Heart of the Ocean
After watching the hit film, Titanic viewers fell in love with the romantic storyline as well as the remarkable Heart of the Ocean; a necklace Kate Winslet’s character, Rose wore in the film. Even though the gorgeous Heart of the Ocean is only a fictional diamond, there is a one of a kind blue diamond that comes close to its beauty. Meet the magnificent Hope Diamond, a stone that resembles the unique features of the Heart of the Ocean:
THE BLUE HOPE DIAMOND
The Hope Diamond is a famous blue diamond that weighs an estimated 45.52 carats
The famous Hope Diamond, also known as the Le Bijou du Roi (The King’s Jewel) is a magnificent blue diamond that weighs an estimated 45.52 carats. The origins of the remarkable diamond date back to India, where the original and much larger blue diamond, the Tavernier Blue was bought by a French gem merchant named, Jean-Baptiste Tavernier. The Hope Diamond’s rare blue colour and exceptional size have placed the diamond in a class of its own. The one of a kind diamond gets it unique colour due to trace amounts of atoms. Besides the blue diamond being breathtakingly beautiful, people believe it has been cursed. According to popular belief, anyone who owns the diamond will face evil and bad luck. The Hope Diamond is currently held at the Smithsonian Institute.
THE HEART OF THE OCEAN
The fictional jewellery item was made by cubic zirconia set in white gold
The Heart of the Ocean might only be a fictional jewellery item, but it still resembles the remarkable Hope Diamond. But unlike, the Hope Diamond the famous necklace in the movie was made by cubic zirconia set in white gold. The Heart of the Ocean was made for an estimated R127 000, which doesn’t even come close to the value of the diamond in the film. Nevertheless, the necklace still remains a part of movie history and has been kept in the archives of Twentieth Century Fox.
THE REMAKE OF THE HEART OF THE OCEAN
Celine Dion wore a replica of the diamond at the 1998 Academy Awards ceremony
After the release of the popular film there has been a request for the reproduction of the Heart of the Ocean. A replica was made with a 171 carat sapphire shaped in a heart surrounded by 103 diamonds set in a platinum necklace. The one of a kind jewellery item was later donated to the Sotheby’s charity auction. Celine Dion was spotted wearing the replica of the diamond at the 1998 Academy Awards ceremony.
This, of course, isn’t the only replica that has been made since the movie was released in 1997. Gloria Stuart, who played the elder version of Rose in Titanic was seen wearing a one of a kind replica that contained a 15 carat real blue diamond at the 1998 Academy Awards. The necklace is valued an estimated R254 million.
Gloria Stuart, who played the elder version of Rose wore a replica at the 1998 Academy Awards
The Heart of the Ocean blue diamond might just be a fictional necklace in the movie, Titanic but the jewellery item has still enticed people in creating the real thing. Today, you will not only find one, but two fascinating replicas of the beautiful diamond Rose dropped in the ocean at the end of the film. There’s also the one of a kind Hope Diamond that comes close to the real thing; this gives people the chance to witness the true beauty of a rare blue diamond in all its glory. Visit the Cape Town Diamond Museum to view a life size replica of the famous Hope Diamond on display. Book your personally guided tour today!