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Jan 17, 2021

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Holiday Gold On the Silver Screen

There’s a particular science to it: A “holiday movie” doesn’t have to take place during the holidays, though we certainly won’t kick it out of the club if there’s a little tinsel on its jacket.

There’s a particular science to it: A “holiday movie” doesn’t have to take place during the holidays, though we certainly won’t kick it out of the club if there’s a little tinsel on its jacket. No, when we say holiday movie, please understand that we mean cozy, comforting, gives you the feels (normally happy ones). Of course, most movies set during the holidays tick the boxes, but we’d hate to exclude some quality flicks just because a Christmas tree doesn’t make an appearance during the running time. And the magpies behind the scenes here At Present know there’s one truly key component to a perfect holiday movie: excellent jewelry. Big or small, shiny or matte — we don’t care, as long as it’s glorious. 

So we decided to make a list of holiday(ish) movies that feature excellent jewels to encourage — nay, insist — you stay inside on a chilly day, pile on your favorite necklaces over your coziest pajamas (don’t worry, the cat is used to this behavior by now) and escape into the glitter of cinema. And assuming this gets you in the adorning mood (how could it not?), we’ve paired each flick’s fantastic and festive gems with available sparklers from At Present that make every day feel like a winter wonderland.

Katharine Hepburn modelling Paul Flato jewelry for Holiday (1938). Photographed by George Hurrell.

The Vibes:

Glittering diamonds, whip-smart heroines, B&W elegance. 

The Movie: Holiday (1938)

As far as we’re concerned, there are three stars in this George Cukor-helmed film: Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, and the astonishing jewelry by the iconic designer Paul Flato. Hepburn plays the high-minded black sheep in an extremely wealthy family; Grant enters the scene as her sister’s beau, and if you’ve literally even heard the phrase “rom com,” you can probably guess what happens next. But the jaunty wordplay between two of Hollywood’s most charismatic and fast-talking stars elevates what could be typical fare to an end-of-year classic. 

Get your pause button ready:

When Hepburn appears for the New Year’s Eve celebrations: she’s decked out in a truly impressive pile of diamonds that you’re gonna want to relish.

The Jewelry:

Brush up on your transatlantic accent, because this bold diamond-laden Julez Bryant medallion channels Kate Hepburn’s simple, eye-catching style perfectly.

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The Vibes:

Beautiful excess, charming romance, difficult in-laws.

The Movie: Crazy Rich Asians (2018)

This contemporary take on an age-old theme — seriously, when haven’t families gotten in the way of love *cough Romeo and Juliet cough* — is presented in the funny, frothy and designer-stuffed society of Singapore’s ultra-wealthy families. It’s an appealing addition to the pantheon of cozy movies.

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When imperious mother-in-law-to-be Eleanor shows up. She’s a veritable walking treasure chest (but, you know, tasteful) and her glorious emerald ring is something to behold. Michelle Yeoh, who plays Eleanor, chose the stunner from her personal collection for the film. Can you even?

The Jewelry:

This statement-making beryl and morganite Onirikka ring is incredible and comes without a difficult, domineering mother-in-law attached — what more could one ask for?

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The Thin Man (1934)

The Vibes:

Madcap, holiday cocktails, what if you and your partner decided to solve crimes together?

The Movie: The Thin Man (1934)

Nick and Nora are that couple that you love to hate and/ or hate to love. You know the ones: charming but also kind of annoying; the life of the party but also the drama of the party. If they show up, at least you just know you’re gonna get a story of the whole ordeal. (If you can’t identify your Nick & Nora friends, by process of elimination, that means you are the couple. Don’t shoot the messenger!) Nick, bored at home after retiring from his job as a police detective, begins to uncover criminal wrongdoings in his free time. Nora, a wealthy heiress who also doesn’t have a job (relatable) and their dog Astrid join the hijinks; they soon become the couple that solves crimes together. They also drink a ton whilst doing it. (The dog stays on the straight and narrow.) Also, it’s Christmas so they throw a bunch of parties.

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Nora gets all dolled up for the yuletide merriment in a candy-cane striped dress and some epic diamond bracelets.

The Jewelry:

This diamond and onyx Art Deco-era (made around a decade before The Thin Man was  released) beauty can easily transition from day (light whodunnit work) to night (festive fetes)!

 

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The Family Stone (2005)

The Vibes:

Yuletide, complicated family dynamics, heirloom jewelry.

The Movie: The Family Stone (2005)

A prodigal son ready to propose brings his Type A girlfriend home to his bohemian family, (played by a carousel of actors that range from “where do I know him from?” to “OMG isn’t that Rachel McAdams?!”), and chaos ensues. Marketed as a holiday comedy, The Family Stone has bit more pathos than your standard dysfunctional family fare, vacillating from tense-funny to sweetly melancholic. Plus, it centers around an heirloom ring.

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Kooky matriarch Diane Keaton appears. We have to bow down to her unparalleled statement jewelry styling. 

The Jewelry:

This Pamela Zamore ring has the best of both worlds: the delicate lines of an Art Deco heirloom but it’s bold enough to be the ultimate statement ring. It’s like wearing a piece of the sun on your hand. 

 

 

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Photographer: Wilson Webb/© 2015 The Weinstein Company.

The Vibes:

Chic, lush, that feeling you get when you have an intense crush and smile all the time thinking of the person.

The Movie: Carol (2015)

Like so many great stories, it begins in a department store. (Mannequin 2, anyone?) It’s the 1950’s, Christmastime. Two women meet over the shop counter — one a wealthy housewife and the other a young shopgirl — and immediately forge an intense connection that oscillates between lust, love and friendship.

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Carol is dancing. She’s adorned with an unusual vintage Van Cleef & Arpels bracelet that features swinging tassels; the movements are meant to draw the eye to the gentle, sensual curve of the wrist. (Also, really any scene– Carol is stylish to her marrow and wears the most sumptuous jewelry.)

The Jewelry:

 This Loren Nicole bracelet is woven from strands of silk and lush golden beads that are inspired by ancient techniques, but echo the bold golden looks of the 1950’s. The metal warms on your skin and it’s organic shape gently falls around your wrist. Take a note from Carol: wrists are sexy as hell and should be celebrated as such!

 

 

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