4 Famous Diamonds on the Silver Screen

If you want proof that diamond jewelry is more than a simple accessory, just look to the silver screen. Famous diamonds have played a role in countless Hollywood films, often representing what the classic characters desire more than anything else. Whether depicting love, adventure, or mystery, these chameleonic gemstones never fail to steal the show.

Here are four movies where diamonds are the star:

Titanic (1997)

The diamond in this blockbuster starring Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio plays such a big part that it has its own name: The Heart of the Ocean. The rare blue stone is given to Kate's character Rose by her fiancé, and she goes on to wear it—and nothing else—when posing for Jack (DiCaprio) in one of the movie's most memorable scenes. In a twist of fate, Rose survives the ship's sinking with the priceless jewel stashed in the pocket of her fiancé's jacket—and she then throws it overboard decades later after sharing her tale.

More fascinating still, there's a true story behind the necklace, according to The Washington Times. In reality, it was given to a young woman named Kate by her lover as they were fleeing England (and his family) for a new start in America. Her lover drowned, Kate survived, and the necklace is still around today.

The Pink Panther (1963)

Like Titanic, The Pink Panther has a real-life connection—but in this case, it's more a matter of life imitating art than the other way around. The comedy-mystery starring Peter Sellers—which saw several sequels, along with a 2006 remake with Steve Martin—follows a bumbling detective named Inspector Clouseau as he tries to track down a renowned jewel thief. The Phantom, as he's called in the film, is going after a princess' massive jewel known as the "Pink Panther" (thanks to a panther-shaped imperfection).

About 30 years after the classic caper's release, headlines began to emerge about a European ring of jewel thieves known as The Pink Panthers. Experts estimate they've stolen nearly 250 million euros' worth of jewels since their formation, according to the Daily Mail.

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)

Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell star as showgirls in this classic that's perhaps best known for the song "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend." The movie follows the ladies as they journey to Paris on a transatlantic cruise, collecting admirers (and jewels) along the way. They're pursued by a detective hired by Lorelei's (Monroe) rich fiancé's father, who suspects she's just after his money. She makes no secret of her priorities, though—in the famous scene, she sings, "The French are glad to die for love, they delight in fighting duels. But I prefer a man who lives and gives expensive jewels."

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)

In this sequel to Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones (played by Harrison Ford) goes on a rollicking adventure in pursuit of a mystical diamond and kidnapped kids from a remote Indian village. The stone is one of five fabled, famous diamonds that supposedly promise good fortune and glory to their owners. Indy and his sidekicks brave a fire pit, poison, and a violent cult to recover the jewel, which they then return to the grateful villagers.

From action flicks to classic tales of romance, it's clear that movie stars aren't the only things that shine in Hollywood films.

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