NEW YORK — Pasadena, Calif.-based jewelry designer Christian Tse and Swiss luxury jeweler Chopard have received starring roles in two upcoming films.
Tse has created the weighty pink sparkler coveted by Beyoncé Knowles in the remake of "The Pink Panther," which hits theaters Feb. 10, while Chopard has accessorized Sharon Stone in "Basic Instinct 2," the sequel to the 1992 suspense thriller that is scheduled to be released in August.
Tse, who was contacted by Lüp, a New York-based public relations and product placement firm, to create "The Pink Panther" ring, said he was surprised at how many versions he designed before director Shawn Levy made a decision. "At one point, we spoke about using a real vivid pink 55-carat diamond that was available, but the director thought it was too small and wouldn't show up well," said Tse, adding the loose diamond of Lugash that was burgled in the original 1963 Blake Edwards film wasn't a real rock.
The final Pink Panther ring features a darker pink cubic zirconia that is oval cut and set in a simple white gold setting. Tse said he is exploring the idea of creating a smaller version for production for licensing down the line. In its current form, he estimates the ring to be worth about $20,000.
"My own designs usually involve fine work and details, but they wanted something very basic and graphic for the film," Tse said. "I had so much fun working on it. These types of projects are like a side gig for me."
For "Basic Instinct 2," Stone is returning to the role of novelist Catherine Trammel and has chosen a number of Chopard pieces to wear throughout the film, which is still in postproduction. Among Stone's choices are Chopard's Golden Diamond necklace, which features gold faceted in diamonds and then treated with Rodium to appear blue; the Strada XXL watch; a heart-shaped pink diamond ring, and long diamond earrings.
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