Upon hearing 'Heart of the Ocean', most people think, no doubt straightaway of the 1997 blockbuster, Titanic. The heartshaped blue diamond necklace plays a silent leading role in the film, and ultimately ends up at the bottom of the ocean. But did you know that this fictitious necklace is actually based on a piece of royal jewellery? Read on to learn all about the blue Heart of the Ocean.

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The Heart of the Ocean in Titanic

The Titanic. The Heart of the Ocean jewellery plays a role in the film. – BAUNAT
The film tells the story of Jack and Rose, 2 people from wildly different backgrounds. They fall in love aboard the biggest passenger liner in the world at that time, the Titanic, that was sailing to America in 1912. In the film, Rose, played by Kate Winslet, receives a stunning necklace, the Heart of the Ocean, from her fiancé Caledon Hockley, played by Billy Zane. The rare blue diamond is used in the film to unjustly accuse Jack of theft, resulting in a tragic end to the film.

Why wasn't the Heart of the Ocean in Titanic real?

In the film the jewellery allegedly came from Louis XVI's crown. The precious stone was subsequently crafted into a 56 carat heartshaped blue diamond in a white gold and colourless diamond setting. Were the 'Heart of the Ocean' to have been real, it would be valued at €300 million. For the motion picture a zirconia and white gold version was made, worth €8000. To this day the prop is stored in the film studio's archives. Naturally, after the film rather a lot of replicas of the stunning blue Heart of the Ocean were made and sold.
Inspired by the Heart of the Ocean, a 171 carat necklace with a real blue sapphire was crafted and ultimately sold for 1.4 million dollars
Gloria Stuart with the Heart of the Ocean necklace - BAUNAT
The necklace, designed by jewellers Asprey & Garrard, was worn by Celine Dion as well as the actress who played Rose as an old lady in the film Titanic, Gloria Stuart. That Heart of the Ocean is presently exhibited in a museum in Cornwall.

Which real item of jewellery was the Heart of the Ocean based on?

The Hope Diamond, which the Heart of the Ocean is based on – BAUNAT
The Heart of the Ocean in the Titanic film isn't a real piece of jewellery, but is hugely popular nonetheless. The jewellery is however based on a real diamond, the 45.52 carat Hope Diamond. The Hope Diamond is one of the world's most valuable diamonds; its worth is estimated at around 350 million dollars.
The precious stone has its own narrative that is worthy a film itself. The story has it that the stone was cursed as it was stolen from an Indian statue of the goddess Sita. The stone has been housed at the Smithsonian Museum since 1958. At one time, the French king, Louis XIV also owned the Hope Diamond, or the Bleu de France, as it was also known by.

The appeal of blue diamond jewellery

Sapphire ring as an alternative to the Heart of the Ocean - BAUNAT
The unique colour of a blue diamond is truly compelling. Both the 'Hope Diamond' and the 'Heart of the Ocean' were encompassed by a halo, a circle of smaller diamonds to offset the brilliance to perfection.  The colour is also very popular in an engagement ring, take for example Kate Middleton's sapphire ring she received from Prince William.

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BAUNAT necklace as an alternative to the Heart of the Ocean - BAUNAT
Blue looks spectacular in a necklace too. Just as the Hope Diamond and the Heart of the Ocean, a few of BAUNAT's sapphire necklaces are also encircled by a halo. The difference being they are a lot more affordable than those unique pieces.

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Why buy diamonds at BAUNAT?

Buying tailor made jewellery is very easy at BAUNAT. Working with our experts you can design jewellery entirely how you want it. Once you have given the go-ahead, our experts will make an online 3D model, and in turn the actual item of jewellery. You are kept up to speed, and remain closely involved, throughout the process.

Another reason to buy your diamond jewellery at BAUNAT is the price. Thanks to our unique approach whereby we procure our diamonds directly at source, you can purchase our jewellery up to 30-50% less expensive than at a jewellery shop.

However, lower prices do not mean we stint on quality, on the contrary in fact. At BAUNAT we work exclusively with the very best materials and craftspeople. Guaranteeing you an optimal price-quality ratio.

Find out more about other renowned precious stones

You now know everything about the Heart of the Ocean, as well as a little about the Hope Diamond. However, there's more to tell about the latter, likewise about a few other renowned diamonds. Glean all you need to know in the following blogs.

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