What is the Titanic necklace called?
What is the Titanic necklace called?
It’s been 25 years since ‘Titanic’- starring Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio – was released and it’s about to return to the big screen.
James Cameron’s award winning film has been digitally remastered for the new showings and will be available to watch in 3D 4K HDR high-frame rate.
‘Titanic’ amassed a whopping 14 Oscar nominations in 1998. From those nominations, it landed 11 Oscars – including Best Picture and Best Director for James Cameron.
To celebrate the blockbusters return to cinemas, fine jewellery experts at Steven Stone have recreated the Heart of the Ocean.
What is the Heart of the Ocean?
If you’re not familiar with the Heart of the Ocean, it’s a fictional piece of jewellery that’s featured in the film.
During the film, Rose DeWitt Butaker is given the Heart of the Ocean diamond necklace as a gift from her fiance, Caledon Hockley. However, she is being pressured to marry him to save her family’s status and financial situation, rather than out of love.
Rose returns the unwanted gift to Cal’s safe along with a note saying that she doesn’t wish to be with him.
Cal later gives Rose his coat forgetting that the Heart of the Ocean is still in one of the pockets and she later lets it fall into the ocean.
Inspired by the Heart of the Ocean, our experts have created a high-quality replica of the eye catching pendant.
The 50 carat piece features a deep blue sapphire, surrounded by a halo of sparkling round brilliant diamonds.
Whilst the Heart of the Ocean prop that Kate Winslet wore on set during her time as Rose DeWitt Bukater cost just $7500 to produce, our experts estimate this piece to be worth a staggering $150 million.
Is the Heart of the Ocean real?
The Heart of the Ocean necklace featured in the Titanic movie is fictional. However, there are centuries of history behind the story.
The fictional piece was largely inspired by a real-life treasure that’s called the Hope Diamond.
Originally mined in India, the 45.52 carat Hope diamond was cut from an even larger stone called the Tavernier Blue. The Tavernier Blue diamond was sold to Louis XIV in 1768 who had it re-cut into a stone he called the “Diamant bleu de la Couronne de France” (the blue diamond of the French Crown).
Louis XVI wore the stone as part of a large pendant, but shortly after his imprisonment, it was stolen and didn’t reappar until the early 1800s. By this time, it had been re-cut again, to form what is now known as the Hope diamond.
Was there a famous necklace on the Titanic?
There may not have been a Jack and Rose on the Titanic, but there was a Kate Florence Phillips and a Henry Samuel Morley.
Henry was a 40 year old married man who owned a confectionary in London. Kate was his young employee and secret mistress.
The pair had decided that they wanted to start a new life together and had chosen to elope aboard the Titanic, under fake names.
To show his love and devotion to his new bride, Henry gifted Kate a diamond and sapphire necklace.
Though Kate was rescued by a lifeboat – wearing nothing but the necklace and a thin nightgown – Henry unfortunately didn’t survive the sinking of the ship.
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What is the Titanic necklace called?
THE HEART OF THE OCEAN
The Heart of the Ocean, crown for Miss Ocean
FICTIONAL DIAMOND — The Heart of the Ocean (also known as Le C�ur de la Mer) is the name of a fictional blue diamond featured prominently in the 1997 film Titanic. In the story, the diamond was originally owned by Louis XVI and cut into a heart shape after the French Revolution. In the film Caledon Hockley (Billy Zane), the wealthy son of a Pittsburgh steel tycoon, purchased the diamond for his fianc�e Rose DeWitt Bukater (Kate Winslet) a week before they sailed on Titanic.
REPRODUCTIONS — After the release of the film in 1998, The J. Peterman Company sold less expensive reproductions. Their necklace consisted of 137 Austrian crystals and a detachable, inauthentic «blue diamond» pendant packaged in a navy blue, hinged presentation box. This is the only officially licensed reproduction of the necklace. This particular replica can still be found on the secondary market, although likely in used condition.
There are many other unofficial inspired reproductions available on the secondary market ranging in price from as little as $5 to thousands of dollars.
SUPERB PERFORMERS — Gloria Stuart is fantastic as the mature Rose Dawson, adding a touch of realism to the story and reminding us that memories are precious. Celine Dione gives us the haunting background music and Kate Winslett beautifully portrays Rose as a girl following her heart no matter what.
London-based jewelers Asprey & Garrard used cubic zirconias set in white gold to create an Edwardian-style necklace to be used as a prop in the film. Asprey & Garrard produced and designed the necklaces: the result was three different and unique designs. Two of their designs were used in the film while the other went unused until after the film had been released. The three necklaces are commonly known as the original prop, the J. Peterman necklace, and the Asprey necklace. The three necklaces are all very similar but have distinguishable differences.
The Original Necklace
The original necklace was the necklace seen throughout the film. This necklace has a large London-blue stone cut into a trillion/cleftless heart surrounded by white round cut cubic zirconias set in white gold. The chain is composed of a mix of round, pear, and marquise cut white cubic zirconias. The bail on this necklace was a heart cut white cubic zirconia attached to a white round cut stone which was attached to the cage on the main stone. The necklace is owned today by a private collector named George Holmes. However, it is currently being lent to James Cameron to display next to other props for tours in his office building in California.
The J. Peterman Necklace
Due to The J. Peterman Company’s acquisition of this particular necklace through the sale of props from the film, this design is often referred to as the J. Peterman design, though officially the necklace does not hold this designation. This particular design is another blue cubic zirconia; however, it is cut into the shape of a heart rather than a trillion cut. The main stone is surrounded by round cut cubic zirconias and features a white round cut stone at the top where it attaches to the chain. The chain is composed of white round cut cubic zirconias, with a larger inverted pear cut cubic zirconia as the bail. This particular design is featured in the film for a brief moment when Caledon retrieves the necklace from his safe during the sinking, this is the only time the necklace is seen on screen. This particular necklace is believed to still be in the possession of the J. Peterman Company.
The Asprey & Garrard Necklace
The third and final design was not used in the film. After the film’s success, Asprey & Garrard were commissioned to create an authentic Heart of the Ocean necklace using the original design. The result was a platinum-set, 171-carat (34.2 g) heart-shaped Ceylon sapphire surrounded by 103 diamonds. This design featured a much larger inverted pear shaped Ceylon sapphire with a subtle cleft to resemble a heart. The chain for this necklace also featured a mix of round, pear, and marquise cut white diamonds. The bail also featured a heart cut white diamond with another round cut diamond attached to an inverted pear shape diamond which was then attached to the cage of the main stone. The necklace was donated to Sotheby’s auction house in Beverly Hills for an auction benefiting the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund and Southern California’s Aid For AIDS. It was sold to an unidentified Asprey client for $1.4 million, under the agreement that Celine Dion would wear it two nights later at the 1998 Academy Awards ceremony. This necklace has also never been made available for public viewing.
SUPERB PERFORMERS — The story of the Hope Diamond bears many similarities to the story of the Heart of the Ocean with the obvious exception of the Hope Diamond not actually having been on board the Titanic. In the 1943 film Titanic, a blue diamond plays an important role in a love affair as well. A primary plot point in this earlier film is the theft of the diamond, which creates a dramatic break in a romantic relationship also similar to the 1997 film.
THE 1997 FILM
In the 1997 film fictional treasure hunter Brock Lovett (Bill Paxton) searches for a diamond necklace, which he believes lies within the wreck of the RMS Titanic. Lovett reveals that the necklace was fashioned from a large blue diamond worn by Louis XVI. Shortly after the King’s execution in 1793, the diamond was cut into a heart and became known as The Heart of the Ocean. Lovett states that the Heart of the Ocean was 56 carats, which would make it more valuable than the Hope Diamond which is 45 carats. The story of the Heart of the Ocean is similar to the story of the Hope Diamond, except the Hope Diamond was worn by Louis XIV in a royal necklace rather than a crown. Lovett’s hunch about the diamond’s whereabouts seems to be confirmed when his team salvages a drawing in which a nude woman is wearing the necklace. The drawing is dated April 14, 1912, the day the Titanic sank.
Later on an elderly woman (Gloria Stuart) claiming to be the woman in the picture contacts Lovett and is flown out to his recovery ship. The elderly woman tells the story of her voyage on the ill-fated ocean liner Titanic. She reveals that although now known as Rose Dawson Calvert, she was once Rose DeWitt Bukater. During the film the audience’s perspective alternates between the past and present as Rose shares her memories. Rose relates the details of the night she wore the necklace and her relationship with the artist of the drawing, Jack Dawson (Leonardo DiCaprio).
On the night of the sinking the diamond changes hands a few times. First Rose and Jack return to her cabin where she opens a safe to show off the gem to Jack. While Jack examines the necklace Rose asks Jack if he would draw her like one of the girls from his portfolio. Jack accepts and Rose puts on the necklace to pose for a drawing. After Jack completes the portrait Rose asks Jack to put the necklace back in the safe. Rose and Jack leave the cabin in a hurry leaving Jack’s drawings behind. Cal’s bodyguard, Spicer Lovejoy, returns to the suite, fearing they have been discovered Jack and Rose run throughout the ship hoping to hide from Mr. Lovejoy. Cal returns to the cabin to discover Rose has taken off with Jack and in a jealous fit Cal hatches a plan to frame Jack.
Jack and Rose having successfully evaded Mr. Lovejoy proclaim they plan to run away together as the Titanic docks in New York. Just as they kiss tragedy befalls the ocean liner and Titanic strikes an iceberg. Fearing the worst Jack and Rose return to Cal’s cabin just as they enter the hallway leading to the suite Mr. Lovejoy places the Heart of the Ocean in Jack’s overcoat. When the couple enter the room it is revealed that the Master at Arms has been called and Jack is implicated as a thief.
As the ship starts to sink it becomes more clear that the Titanic is doomed and Cal returns to the suite and empties his safe. It is not thoroughly stated whether or not Rose (Gloria Stuart) told Brock Lovett that before the Titanic sank, Caledon emptied the safe placing the diamond in his coat. This is the very coat that he later put on Rose forgetting about the precious gem in its pocket. At the end of the film, Rose walks alone to the stern of the salvage ship and opens her hands to reveal the necklace. Rose flashes back to her past arriving in New York still wearing the coat, she discovers the necklace in her pocket. Rose flashes back to the present and with a smile, she throws the necklace from her hand into the water presumably above the Titanic wreck site.
HEART OF THE OCEAN — The fictional diamond is based on a real necklace that according to an article in the Washington Times was worn by Kate Phillips and was diamond and sapphire, rather than a blue diamond.
HEART OF THE OCEAN — This jewel of a Volkswagen engine powers our ocean awareness campaign wagon. It will power us around the UK and Europe as we spread the word about plastic pollution that is damaging our marine environment — and just like the famous diamond that Kate Winslett wore in the film, it is blue. Copyright � photograph 6 November 2017, all rights reserved.
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What Would Rose Wear: Titanic’s Anniversary Means a Return to Edwardian Elegance
Near, far, wherever you are, you may have heard that James Cameron’s epic love story–meets–landmark tragedy movie Titanic is being rereleased for its 25th anniversary—and everyone who loves its period jewelry and the Heart of the Ocean drama is eager to hang with Jack and Rose again.
“Titanic-inspired jewelry symbolizes a love that endures even the greatest of obstacles, making it the epitome of romance,” explains Emily Shultz, jewelry buyer at Shane Co.
So whether you want an over-the-top blue sapphire around your neck, an antique Kate Winslet might have worn in the film, or something a bit more subtle that nods to the late-Edwardian time frame, you’re likely to find a perfect piece of Titanic-esque jewelry out there from auction houses, famed jewelers, and jewelry designers.
Why do stories and jewelry from a movie like Titanic start trends, then and now? “Vintage-style jewelry is more than just a fashion statement—it’s a timeless treasure to cherish and pass down to future generations, reminding them of the beauty and elegance of the past,” Shultz says.
At Steven Stone, creative director Maxwell Stone says they noticed Google searches for “heart-shaped sapphire” had gone up 51% as the film’s anniversary approached. To capture that audience, the U.K.-based jeweler created its own version of the movie’s main jewelry piece, with a deep blue heart sapphire surrounded by a halo of round diamonds.
“Twenty-five years since its release, Titanic still holds a special place in a lot of people’s hearts, and it’s safe to say that few pieces of jewelry shine through pop cultural history like the Heart of the Ocean does,” Stone says. “With the symbolism of tragedy and romance, the popular pendant is said to represent that a woman’s heart is as deep as the ocean.
“Despite being given to her by her fiancé [Cal], the stunning pendant is one of the few items that attached Rose to Jack, making it an incredibly sentimental piece. With its romantic connotations, it’s no surprise that people are still after a heart-shaped sapphire of their own all of these years later,” Stone says.
Here are some other examples of Titanic jewelry that are perfect to wear to a screening of the rerelease, which hits theaters Feb. 10.
Le Vian has many dreamy necklaces that Rose, socialite that she is, would have loved to wear during her time on Titanic. This one (above) is a Le Vian Couture necklace featuring 9.875 cts. Blueberry Tanzanite and 1.1 cts. Vanilla Diamonds set in 18k Vanilla Gold.
If you can imagine what Rose might wear today, then you’ll find options galore at 1stDibs. There’s this Ruchi New York sapphire and diamond necklace (above) as well as an incredible 12.43 cts. Ceylon sapphire and diamond pendant on a platinum necklace to consider.
Rose lived in that marvelous moment between Edwardian jewelry and the modern age, so this incredible filigree pendant (above) from Replacements Ltd. would have given her the regal look she loved.
Titanic was the “ship of dreams,” but the jewelry from the movie continues to give people a reason to dress up, enjoy some romance, and debate whether Jack could have fit on that door (really, he could have).
Top: Shane Co. knows Titanic fans may want their own Heart of the Ocean, and this pendant can fit the bill. The sapphire ombre heart pendant ($1,250) features 62 round, traditional blue natural sapphires at approximately .96 ct. t.w. that are set into 14k yellow gold. (Photo courtesy of Shane Co.)
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