Beauty can be found in many different places, from the flexible, scaled beauty of Fope jewellery to the imaginations of some of the greatest writers in history.
There are many famous pieces of jewellery seen in fiction, from Audrey Hepburn’s famous diamond and pearl necklace in Breakfast at Tiffany’s to the Pink Panther, the Hand of the King from Game of Thrones and the One Ring from the Lord of the Rings.
However, one gleaming blue necklace stands out above all of them, as it not only was the star of one of the biggest and most successful films ever made but also was turned into a real jewel that is one of the most valuable in the world.
This is the story of the Heart of the Ocean.
My Heart Will Go On
In 1997, the James Cameron film Titanic was released, grossing over $2bn worldwide and was a story of two young star-crossed lovers who defy their class divide and find each other onboard the legendary ship, and the tragic consequences that follow.
One of the biggest drivers of the plot in the film is the search for a jewel known as the Heart of the Ocean, a blue Edwardian-style pendant made up of a 56-carat blue diamond, surrounded by a line of white diamonds on a diamond-studded chain.
This drives the framing narrative for the film, and Rose eventually drops the priceless jewel into the sea at the end of the film.
Whilst it is evidently inspired by the legendary Hope Diamond, there are known to be three real Heart of the Ocean necklaces in existence.
One is the prop made for the film made with cubic zirconias made by the London Jeweller Asprey & Garrard and in Disney’s archives after they bought Twentieth Century Fox.
The other two, however, were commissioned later. One is a platinum-set, 171 carat Ceylon sapphire surrounded by diamonds that was donated to auction house Sotheby’s to raise money for the Aid For AIDS and Diana, Princess Of Wales Memorial Fund charities.
It ultimately sold for $1.4m on the condition that singer Celine Dion, which she wore two nights after the auction for the 70th Acadamy Awards where Titanic won 11 Awards.
Another, owned by Old Rose actor Gloria Stuart, was made with a 15-carat blue diamond and is worth over £15m.