How are these marvels of diamonds, gold and gemstones that adorn the necks of stars and celebrities, conceived? Who are the designers? Where do they find inspiration? How are these exceptional jewels even made? Go behind-the-scenes with thirteen of the world’s most legendary jewellers: experience what goes into the design and creation of their most magnificent jewels, as well as the jewellery’s presentation at major events. Gain entry into the studios of the most secretive jewellery houses, watch as negotiations for the most beautiful diamonds unfold, and visit the workshops where experienced craftsmen manipulate metals, bending them every which way to create extraordinary pieces – some worth up to ten million dollars!
Accompany a movie star stepping out onto the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival, wearing the Marilyn necklace. Attend the Christie’s auction of Elizabeth Taylor’s most precious jewels. Experience the last-minute preparations of a giant 400-piece exhibition opening in Shanghai, or the showcasing of the new Josephine collection at the Biennale des Antiquaires. From Paris to New York, London to Bali, and Milan to Rio, this four-part documentary series offers a breathtaking journey into the world of fine jewellery, filled with legendary families, gemstone hunters and some of the world’s most innovative designers.
Directors: Guillaume De Ginestel, Eric Ellena, Jane Lipman & Sean O’Sullivan
Co-Producers: French Connection Films, Quasar Multimedia, Current Affairs Hambrook Communications
Length: 52 minutes x 4 episodes
Languages: English, French
Partners: The French Film Board (CNC), Media Programme (Europe), Friuli-Venezia Giulia Audiovisual Fund, The South African Department of Trade & Industry (DTI), The Gauteng Film Commission
Broadcasters: Stylia (France, Africa), Vosges Television (France), Sky Arts (Italy), Canal Plus (Poland), DR TV (Denmark)
Screenings: George Brown College (Toronto, Canada), GIA (Carlsbad, Californie), GIA (UK), The Goldsmiths’ Center (UK), NYC University (New York), St. Clair Capitol Theatre (Chatham, Canada), Royal Ontario Museum (Canada)
FIFA (International Festival of Films on Art) 2014