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 re-released 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.)
Originally published by @jckonline February 10, 2023
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