Pearls have, for centuries, inspired and intrigued. The natural splendour of the pearl has seen it become not only highly desirable within pearl jewellery but also part of the cultural vernacular that ties many across the globe together. Indeed, pearl jewellery has come to symbolise more than its parts and is a feature in the arts across music, painting, photography and film. In today’s blog we celebrate pearl jewellery with 5 iconic uses of pearl jewellery in film.
Breakfast At Tiffany’s
Perhaps one of, if not, the most iconic use of pearls and fashion in cinemagraphic history ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s gave the World the little black dress (a strapless Givenchy number to be precise). Not only did Audrey Hepburn look the part in her outfit but her matching jewellery has inspired women across the world for decades. The iconic outfit was complemented, or enhanced, by a stunning multi-strand pearl necklace complete with a Swarovski crystal brooch on the front. Timeless, elegant and utterly stunning, the pearl necklace perfectly aligned with the outfit and character.
The Great Gatsby
Following the world and life of millionaire Jay Gatsby and his pursuit of Daisy the love of his life pearls are featured throughout. Set in the 1920s and based on a novel by Francis Scott Fitzgerald the film captures the elegance and opulence of the roaring 20s. Pearls come to symbolise materialism as, in one of the most memorable scenes, Daisy is given a 350,000 dollar necklace from her husband as a wedding gift the day before the wedding. Whatmore, the matching single string pearl bracelet and platinum diamond and pearl ring exude a sophisticated and debonair charm that match the spirit of the famous decade.
Five Wives Club
Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn, and Diane Keaton play the main characters in the film which sees four friends given pearl necklaces on the day of their graduation. Following the suicide of one of the girls the characters seek to reconnect and take revenge on their husbands who all left them for younger women. The pearl necklaces in the film symbolise eternity and friendship in this 1996 comedy.
Girl With The Pearl Earring
Inspired by the life and work of famous Dutch Master painter Johannes Vermeer, the film chronicles the events that led to his famous painting of the same name. Featuring Scarlett Johansson as Griet, a servant in the household of Vermeer, and Colin Firth as the great Dutch Master the film explores themes of artistic brilliance, inspiration and friendship. Griet is the inspiration for the work, and who poses with the pearl earrings on her ears to finish the masterpiece.
The Devil Wears Prada
Maybe the most definitive films for fashionistas, ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ sees Anne Hathaway play Andy, who is in dire need of a makeover. One of the most iconic of Andy’s looks in the film is her black and white outfit which mixes casual and formal elements effortlessly. To set off her glamorous and modern look her pearl jewellery comes to symbolise her transformation.