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Real “Titanic” Necklace to Benefit Diana’s Trust Movie’s Paste Necklace Recreated with Real Jewels March 11, 1998 DIANE SAWYER Four years ago, a group of Paramount producers asked Asprey London, the royal jewelers, if they could build a prop for their movie, a necklace for a little movie called “Titanic.” They had no idea, of course, that the film would be the first movie to gross a billion dollars and receive 14 Academy Award nominations. They made that necklace out of cubic zirconia, but now they’re making it again, and this time it’s for real. KATE WINSLET (clip from “Titanic”) Good gracious. DIANE SAWYER (VO) That’s the one they made four years ago—fabulous, but fake. BILLY ZANE (clip from “Titanic”) It was worn by Louis XVI and they called it “Le Coeur de la Mer.” DIANE SAWYER (VO) To make the real Coeur de la Mer, they had to find a sapphire that was, well, big. Terry Davidson (ph) is the head of jewelry for Asprey. TERRY DAVIDSON, ASPREY LONDON We went to America and we went to the Far East. We went to the Near East and we went to Europe. And I looked at five stones in total before this particular stone came in. When it came in, I looked at it and I said, “This is the stone. This is the stone.” It’s funny, you know, we have a saying, “It talked to me,” and this is what it did. It really did talk. DIANE SAWYER (VO) The stone is from Sri Lanka, originally a 174—carat triangle. They lost a few carats re—cutting it into a heart. Then five men worked day and night for three weeks to get it ready, ready to be auctioned off at a gala ball in Los Angeles in honor of Princess Diana. TANIA FOSTER—BROWN, ASPREY LONDON The Princess of Wales, as a member of the British royal family, obviously has been to Asprey frequently and shopped with us. And we felt extremely distressed when we heard of her tragic death earlier last year and we want to do anything we could to raise money for some important funds and causes in her memory. DIANE SAWYER (VO) They hope it will bring in more than $4 million at auction. Potential buyers please note—You get 36 carats of diamonds, too. And those weren’t easy to find, either. TERRY DAVIDSON You don’t buy them off the shelf. You buy those which are as near as possible and then you cut them to match, so each one corresponds with its opposite partner and is the same size. DIANE SAWYER (VO) Each one positioned and repositioned and re—repositioned, using beeswax and hand tools, and experience. And then setting the centerpiece, the Coeur de la Mer, “the heart of the sea.” PAUL PROSSER, ASPREY LONDON JEWELER This particular sapphire is 171 carats, which is one of the largest sapphires I’ve ever set, if not the largest, and the most beautiful. DIANE SAWYER (VO) The necklace in the movie had to survive icebergs, floods, lifeboats, gunshots, an upside—down ocean line and the freezing Atlantic. But the real necklace only has to survive the auction and, two days later, the Oscar telecast on the neck of Celine Dion. CELINE DION (singing) Near, far Wherever you are, I believe that the heart does go on. DIANE SAWYER (on camera) And while Celine has to wait, I don’t. I have it right here in my hot little hands. We’ve been trying it on around here all evening. You should know that this was modeled after a design that Asprey’s confirmed would have been the kind of thing they may have made back in 1912, at the time of the “Titanic.” And lest you think that my honest face has garnered me any special privileges here, I want you to—can you pan back? Can you see Mike and William, my constant companions, not going to let me substitute the little paste model that I made at home. So as we said, in 10 days the necklace will be auctioned by Sotheby’s at a charity ball in Beverly Hills to raise money for the Princess Diana Memorial Trust.
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