The Most Memorable Movie Diamonds From “Pretty Woman” to “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days”

Victoria S. Barton
The Most Memorable Movie Diamonds From “Pretty Woman” to “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days”
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Glitz and glamour go hand in hand with Hollywood movies. Naturally, diamonds have always played a central role in wardrobes and plot-lines throughout the history of film. From Marilyn Monroe’s iconic star turn in “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,” where she famously crooned “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” while clad in a hot pink gown and dripping in diamonds, to modern heist flicks like “Ocean’s Thirteen,” that centers around stealing a diamond necklace here are the stunning diamond moments from movies that stole the show.
In honor of #DiamondMonth on The Vivant, click through the slideshow above for a look at the most memorable diamonds in film!

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Movie: "Pretty Woman" starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere (1990)

The Diamonds: In one of the most famous movie scenes in American cinema, Edward Lewis (Gere) surprises Vivian Ward (Roberts) with a lavish ruby and diamond necklace, to which she responds with an animated laugh. The necklace is worth an estimated $250,000, and was custom designed for the film by French jeweler Fred Joaillier. 

Movie: "Titanic" starring Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio (1997)

The Diamonds: In "Titanic," a steel tycoon (Billy Zane) gives his fiancé Rose DeWitt Bukater (Winslet) a blue diamond necklace, dubbed "Heart of the Ocean," as an engagement gift. In the film, the story of the necklace is as follows: The diamond was said to have originally belonged to King Louis XVI, and it was later shaped into a heart after the French Revolution. At the end of the film, an elderly Rose throws the necklace into the ocean. A replica of the necklace was made by Asprey London, and made of blue quartz, a cheaper stone. The jeweler also made a version composed of a single 170-carat sapphire and 65 diamonds—totaling 30 carats. The sapphire necklace was sold at a charity auction for Princess Diana's Memorial fund for $2,200,000, and loaned to Celine Dion for her performance of "Titanic's" theme song at the 1998 Academy Awards. 

Photo: 20th Century Fox/20th Century Fox

Movie: "Moulin Rouge" starring Nicole Kidman (2001)

The Diamonds: Kidman plays Satine, a dancer, starring in Paris' famed "Moulin Rouge. Satine wears a custom-made necklace made of 1,308 diamonds, designed by Australian jeweler Stefano Cantur during an onstage performance at the famous French club. After the film wrapped, the necklace was set to sell for around $1 million at Christie's, but the jeweler changed his mind, and took it off the market. If the necklace hadn't been taken off the auction block, it would likely have been the most expensive necklace from a film ever sold. 

Photo: 20th Century Fox/20th Century Fox

Movie: "Affair of the Necklace" starring Hilary Swank (2001)

The Diamonds: The basis of this flick is the story of an ornate diamond necklace, originally commissioned by Louis XV to Boehmer et Bassenge as a gift to his mistress Madame du Barry, costing a reported 1,600,000 louis d'or. The king died prematurely, and the necklace was left unpaid for at the time of his death. In the 1780s, the monarchy's rule was tainted by gossip regarding Queen Marie Antoinette's infamous spending habits. When the jewelry house offered the necklace to Marie Antoinette, she refused it. The Queen was later swindled by a young woman who told the jeweler that the Queen had changed her mind, and proceeds to steal the necklace herself to tarnish the Queen's reputation. The story remains one of the biggest mysteries in French history, as the necklace disappeared shortly thereafter.

Photo: Warner Bros./Warner Bros.

Movie: "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days" starring Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey (2003)

The Diamonds: Ben Barry (McConaughey) takes on a bet that he can make a woman fall in love with him in ten days in exchange for landing a major diamond account at his advertising firm. In the film, he says, "A woman in love wants diamonds." Once he meets Andie Anderson, he brings her to an event celebrating his new account (a fictional diamond company called DeLauer), and she's loaned a yellow diamond necklace for the night, dubbed the Isadora Duncan. In reality the necklace is an 84-carat yellow diamond pendant created by Harry Winston worth a whopping $5.3 million. 

Photo: Paramount Pictures/Paramount Pictures

Movie: "Breakfast at Tiffany's" starring Audrey Hepburn (1961) 

The Diamonds: In the film adaptation of Truman Capote's classic story, Holly Golightly is a young café society girl who's looking for a wealthy man to marry. In the famous opening scene, she eats a danish in front of Tiffany & Co.'s windows wearing an opulent pearl and diamond necklace by Chanel, and a delicate diamond tiara, while gazing at jewelry.

In the film, she says that she wants to find a substantial apartment but is waiting until she can find "a place that makes me feel like Tiffany's." Later, in publicity photographs promoting the movie, Hepburn wears the Tiffany Yellow Diamond, which is one of the largest yellow diamonds ever found.

Photo: Paramount Pictures/Paramount Pictures

Movie: "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" starring Marilyn Monroe (1953)

The Diamonds: In the film, Monroe famously sings "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend." She plays a diamond-digger that's about to marry a man for his money. Her character,  Lorelei Lee, even says, "I always say a kiss on the hand feels very good, but a diamond tiara lasts forever." She wears extravagant diamonds throughout the musical comedy that will go down in history as some of chicest accessories ever

Movie: "Sex and the City" starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Cynthia Nixon, and Kristin Davis (2008)

The Diamonds: In the "Sex and the City" movie, Samantha (Cattrall) heads to a Christie's auction to buy herself a ring she's had her eye on. She bids on the diamond flower ring, but walks away empty handed, not realizing that her boyfriend has surprised her by anonymously upstaging her bid at $50,000, later offering her the ring as a present. 

Movie: "Ocean's Thirteen" starring Brad Pitt, George Clooney, and Matt Damon (2007) 

The Diamonds: The final installment of the "Ocean's Eleven" trilogy follows the gang in a grand scheme to prevent a new casino called The Bank from receiving the prestigious Five Diamonds Award. In the meantime, they also resolve to steal a diamond necklace worth $250,000,000 that the casino owner had given his wife, which is stored in a highly-secured room.

Photo: Warner Bros./Warner Bros.

Movie: "Blood and Wine" starring Jack Nicholson and Michael Caine (1996)

Jewelry: Jack Nicholson plays Alex Gates, a wealthy man that lands heavily in debt. His solution is to steal a million-dollar diamond necklace from a private home with the help of his business partner Vic (Caine). Naturally, things do not go as seamlessly as planned, but the stunning necklace is one of our favorites on film. 

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