The movies are glamorous, movie stars are the best instrument for that glamour, and there's no more glamorous way to decorate those movie stars than with a perfect piece of jewelry. Pair the right performer with the right necklace, and the two become practically intertwined. Can anyone imagine Holly Golightly without her pearls, Radio Raheem without his fists of love and hate, or Vermeer's Girl without her pearl earring?
It's not just costume designers who make all these priceless pieces into timeless movie props, but even major jewelers. Baz Luhrmann's Great Gatsby jewelry had a whole line custom-designed for the film by Tiffany & Co. The results speak for themselves.
It's not all glitz, of course. Jewelry in movies can serve a number of different functions - from political statements to family heirlooms, from irreplaceable historical artifacts to pure kitsch. Or, if we're talking about Harry Potter jewelry, bling that can bend the time-space continuum.
We in the audience are not, by and large, movie stars, but that doesn't mean we can't dream of adorning ourselves with the rings, pendants, or earrings that have become so immortalized on screen. Vote up the famous pieces of movie jewelry you'd like to try on for yourself.