THE BLUE HOPE DIAMOND AND TITANIC STORY
Some historical diamonds have been an inspiration of movie story writing. The famous Hope Diamond is one of them. In the 1943 film “Titanic”, a love story revolves around the theft of a blue diamond, a reference to the Hope diamond.
In James Cameron’s more recent version of the film, starring Leonardo di Caprio and Kate Winslet, there is also a blue diamond named the “Heart of the Ocean”. According to the film, this diamond lies on the bed of the ocean within the wreck of the Titanic. This is pure fiction, as the Hope Diamond was not aboard of the Titanic. However, a piece of jewellery with a 170 carat sapphire-like Cubic Zirconia (and thus not a blue diamond) created by Asprey & Garrard, was made for the film. In the movie the diamond was originally owned by Louis XVI and cut into a heart shape after the French Revolution. Caledon Hockley (Billy Zane), the wealthy son of a Pittsburgh steel tycoon, purchased the diamond for his fiancée Rose DeWitt Bukater (Kate Winslet) a week before they sailed on Titanic.
Even if King Louis XIV has been one of the owner of the Hope Diamond and wore already the heart shaped diamond during festivities. Only after the French Revolution the Blue Diamond disappeared and has been re-cut. Read more about the real story behind the Hope Diamond.
At the 1998 Academy Awards, the singer Céline Dion wore the “Heart of the Ocean” to present her song “My Heart Will Go On”. This beautiful jewellery piece has been created after the movie by the same jeweller and centred by a heart-shaped 103 Ceylon sapphire. The Heart of the Ocean jewel was auctioned for charity for $ 1, 4 million.
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