Jewelry Guide - Culture Mine
Movies and Books
Of course, why should you limit your reading of diamonds, gemstones, and precious
metals to educational stuff? Priceless jewelry and gemstones have been the fascination
of writers and directors longer than Tiffany & Co. has been on 5th Avenue. Snuggle
up to a good book or make this Saturday "Movie Night with Diamonds"! Check
out some suggestions below.
Breakfast at Tiffany's. (1961)
Director Edward Blake gets it all very right in this sweet, smart comedy set in
1960 New York City. This movie proves why Audrey Hepburn's fans adore her. After
you've laughed and cried through the story (and gasped over the gorgeous costumes)
read the original - Truman Capote's 1958 novel has a harder, more streetwise Holly
Golightly, but she's still a knockout.
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. (1953)
Hollywood legend Howard Hawks directed this colorful musical with Marilyn Monroe
and Jane Russell as show girls and best friends on a cruise to catch the right man.
Enjoy the great songs, goofy humor, and spectacular dance numbers, and see where
Madonna got her ideas for the video "Material Girl."
Pink Panther. (1964)
Director Edward Blake started the series in 1964. Featuring Peter Sellers as the
idiotic but oddly triumphant Inspector Clouseau, the man who just barely keeps a
notorious jewel thief (David Niven) from stealing an enormous diamond known as the
Pink Panther. Also features the world's first glimpse of the slinky cartoon Pink
Panther, tiptoeing about to Henry Mancini's opening score.
Romancing the Stone. (1984)
Director Robert Zemeckis (of Forrest Gump fame) takes you on a hilarious
and wild ride in Columbia with Kathleen Turner, Michael Douglas, and Danny DeVito.
If you want to follow the series, move on to Jewel of the Nile (director
Lewis Teague, 1985), which features the same cast in more incredible adventures.
Marathon Man. (1976)
John Schlesinger directs Dustin Hoffman in this sometimes downright scary movie
about a hapless graduate student who literally has to run for his life. Aging Nazi
Szell (Lawrence Olivier) tortures Hoffman into helping him find a lost treasure
of diamond gems. Industrial diamonds (favorites for dental drilling tools) are featured
in the now notorious scene where Hoffman gets an anaesthetic-free root canal from
the sadistic Szell.
Diamonds Are Forever. (1971)
Director Guy Hamilton returns with the fabulous Sean Connery as the dashing and
daring James Bond. A cheesy romp set in Las Vegas, Bond has to stop diamond smugglers
from their evil plot.
To Catch a Thief. (1955)
Legendary director Alfred Hitchcock casts Grace Kelly and Cary Grant as a rich ice
queen and jewel thief who fall in love among the casinos and cliffs of the tiny
Mediterranean kingdom of Monaco. Kelly met her future husband, the Price of Monaco,
during the making of this suspenseful film.
Breakfast at Tiffany's. (1958) Truman Capote.
A brilliant novella. See the 1961 movie with Audrey Hepburn, which is delightful,
but then promise me you'll read this book. Holly Golightly is not forgotten easily.
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. (1926) Anita Loos.
Published in 1926, this comic classic was called "The Great American Novel"
by renowned author Edith Wharton. Best known as a musical comedy from director Howard
Hawks (featuring Marilyn Monroe's famous song "Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend"),
the novel is shaped as a diary of two best friend show girls, Lorelei Lee and Dorothy,
on a transcontinental cruise for the right man.
Queen of Diamonds. Jean Plaidy.
Incredibly prolific historical novelist Jean Plaidy creates a compelling tale about
the theft of the Crown Jewels (including the famed Sancy) from Louis XIV of France,
and speculates on events in the court just before the French Revolution.
Diamonds Are Forever. (1954) Ian Fleming.
The fourth book in the James Bond 007 series puts James in the path of malicious
diamond smugglers. Set in Las Vegas, it's not known as the best Bond, but a fun
The Eustace Diamonds. (1872) Anthony Trollope.
In his day, Trollope was more famous than Austen or Forster, and he is just as funny
and astute in this Victorian social comedy. This novel satirizes money's effects
on marital and sexual situations, focusing on the strange fate of a lying Victorian
The Crystal Singer. (1982) Anne McCaffrey.
For you sci-fi fantasy fans out there, this novel is a must. McCaffrey sends her
heroine, Killashandra Ree -- an opera student with perfect pitch but a broken career
-- into space. She gets wildly rich as she discovers and collects tremendously powerful
crystals needed as energy sources using only her voice (and some pretty cool tools).
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what web sites, reference books, novels, and films -- featuring diamonds, gemstones,
and precious metals, of course! - you've enjoyed. We'll include your suggestions
and update out list regularly.