The brilliant jewels of the 20s were recreated by the best masters of Tiffany & Co so that every spectator could plunge into the authentic atmosphere of the world of luxurious parties and love without obstacles. To recreate the pulsating atmosphere of New York in the 1920s when the small island of Manhattan was intoxicated with jazz and rivers of champagne, director of the film Baz Luhrmann and costume designer Catherine Martin turned to Tiffany & Co, the most influential jewellery house of those times. And they were lucky, as Tiffany & Co cherishes the archives of orders and sketches of their jewellery.
Catherine Martin approached this task with care and eccentricity. She analysed the archives of Tiffany & Co and discovered the correspondence of Fitzgerald, the author of the book, with jewellers. Historical information was at the disposal of the costume designer, it was so detailed that Hollywood immediately teamed up with the world of fashion to transform the archival sketches into real works of art.
The masterpiece of the whole film was the Savoy headpiece made of pearls and diamonds of the highest class. This is truly the quintessence of luxury and lightheadedness of the Jazz Age.
Daisy’s headpiece is complemented with unusual wrist jewellery, this is Martin’s own design, inspired by traditional Indian jewellery and sketches from the Tiffany & Co. archives. Another important jewellery piece of the film is Daisy’s pearl necklace, which in Fitzgerald’s novel cost an enormous amount of money by the standards of 1922 – 350 thousand dollars.
The jewellery collection was presented around the world after the premiere of the film, where everyone could buy what they saw on the screen.