Disney’s Cruella was a feast for the eyes, both in the sartorial and jewelry sense. The high-fashion Baroness Von Hellman, played by Emma Thompson, wore bold sculptural, 1960’s and 1970’s pieces alongside beautifully classic De Beers diamonds.
Out of this special collection by De Beers, which also featured some punk rock-inspired safety pins, the five-line diamond and white gold necklace with matching earrings worn by Emma Thompson steal the show. The pieces are from De Beers’ Arpeggia collection, which was inspired by Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata; the larger brilliant round diamonds set on “lines” of micropavé are meant to represent musical
That said, the true emotional hero piece of the movie is the ruby and diamond pendant necklace. No spoilers here for those who might not have seen the film yet, but this family heirloom that Emma Stone’s Cruella is determined to retrieve is appropriately Victorian in style – what appears to be a large cabochon ruby surrounded by a diamond halo on a long sautoir-length chain.
There’s a lot of other incidental jewelry, fine and costume, to be seen in the background: there’s several fashion shows, premieres, Liberty Department store windows, and of course, parties. From the fantastically inspirational clothes (men and women) and sets (the scenes inside the fictional Hellman Hall are particularly beautiful) in addition to the jewelry, this film is definitely a rewatch, if not only to make sure you didn’t miss any of the lovely things.
Written by Gloria Cheng