Some films go down in history for acting, directing, Oscar wins or box office records. Others forever have a special place in our minds thank to the truly dazzling jewelry moments that appeared on-screen. We can’t think of Marilyn Monroe’s Lorelei Lee in 1953’s Gentlemen Prefer Blondes without remembering her drenched in diamonds. The “The Heart of the Ocean” necklace in the 1997 classic Titanic stole every scene despite its starry cast.
A new study by Confused.com rated the most expensive jewelry moments in film, with the help of expert valuations provided by reputable UK jeweler Queensmith. Below, GRAZIA USA has rounded up the top 10 most expensive gems, jewels, baubles, and dazzling diamonds to grace the screen.
According to the study, the most expensive piece of jewelry to be shown on screen is the “Heart of the Ocean” necklace in Titanic. It’s from London-based jeweler Asprey & Garrard, worn by Kate Winslet’s character Rose DeWitt Bukater. The 56-carat heart-shaped blue diamond necklace is estimated to cost over $5.75 million.
Ocean’s 8, 2018
Anne Hathaway’s character Daphne Kluger in the 2018 heist flick Ocean’s 8 wore the second-most expensive gems in cinematic history. The Cartier “Toussaint” necklace in the film features diamonds of varying size and shape, including a 136.25 carat blue-white Queen of Holland diamond. The piece has been valued at $150 million.
Death on the Nile, 2022
A recreation of Tiffany 128-carat yellow diamond necklace previously worn by Audrey Hepburn and Lady Gaga, was worn by Gal Gadot’s character Linnet Doyle in the 2022 Agatha Christie adaptation Death on the Nile, worth approximately $30 million.
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, 2003
Kate Hudson’s pastel yellow backless dress in How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days has certainly gone down in fashion film history, but so has her character Andie Anderson’s Harry Winston “Isadora” yellow diamond necklace. The piece has been estimated between $4 million and $5 million.
Gentleman Prefer Blondes, 1953
Marilyn Monroe’s character Lorelei Lee in 1953’s Gentlemen Prefer Blondes adorned a Moon of Baroda diamond necklace, estimated at just over $4 million.
Anna Karenina, 2012
In the 2012 screen adaptation of Anna Karenina, Keira Knightley’s character is seen dripping in Chanel diamonds throughout the film. Styled by costume designer Jacqueline Durran, the layered floral Camelia Poudré necklace has been estimated to be worth just over $3 million.
The Tourist, 2010
Angelina Jolie’s character Elise Clifton-Ward in the 2010 flick The Tourist sees the starlet wearing a diamond choker necklace designed by Robert Procop, estimated at $2.5 million.
The 355, 2022
Diane Kruger’s character in The 355, German intelligence agent Marie Schmidt adorned luxury Swiss jeweler Piaget’s Sunny Side of Life Rose Gold necklace, worth over $700,000.
House of Gucci, 2021
In her portrayal as the infamous Patrizia Reggiani in House of Gucci, Lady Gaga wears a Bulgari necklace that’s estimated to be worth over $625,000.
Pretty Woman, 1990
It’s a scene that’s engrained in our collective pop culture oeuvre: when Richard Gere almost closes the jewelry box on Julia Robert’s hand and she begins hysterically laughing. The ruby and diamond heart necklace he fits Vivian is estimated to be worth over $550,000.