Jewellery in Alfred Hitchcock Movies

Gemstones and jewellery have been important in many books and many movies. Everyone loves to see the sparkle of a diamond on a beautiful woman.  The thought of having wealth, including expensive jewels, is very attractive.  In the movies of Alfred Hitchcock gemstones and jewellery are often central to the plot.

Alfred Hitchcock

Alfred Hitchcock

WARNING:  This post will give away the plots to various Alfred Hitchcock movies!


Can you name a few of Alfred Hitchcock’s movies in which gemstones or jewellery are central to the plot?

Here are some of the movies and TV episodes where gemstones or jewellery steal the scene!

Movie Title Jewels to Watch
Family Plot Diamonds
Vertigo Ruby Necklace
Shadow of a Doubt Emerald Ring
To Catch a Theif Many Pieces of Jewellery
Rear Window A Missing Wedding Ring
Lifeboat A Diamond Bracelet as Bait
Notorious Harry Winston Diamond Necklace
The Ring A Boxing Ring, Not jewellery
Topaz A Great Codename, Not the Gemstone
Number 17 Stolen Jewels
Stage Fright Marlene Detrich’s Own Jewellery
The Diamond Necklace, TV Episode A Stolen Diamond Necklace
The Pearl Necklace, TV Episode A Pearl a Year for a Necklace
The Matched Pearl, TV Episode A Black Pearl
The Avon Emeralds, TV Episode An Emerald Necklace
A Tangled Web, TV Episode A Corpse Loaded with Jewellery
The Big Kick, TV Episode A Diamond Bracelet
Wally the Beard, TV Episode Jewels in a Sack

Family Plot and Hidden Diamonds

Diamond in the Chandelier

Diamond Hidden in the Chandelier

In Family Plot, Arthur Adamson is posing as a legitimate jeweler while kidnapping wealthy people for a ransom in diamonds.

Then he hides the diamonds in plain view!

Trailer for Family Plot, Look for a Very Large Diamond!

Vertigo and the Ruby Necklace

Necklace in Vertigo

Carlotta's Necklace in Vertigo

“The necklace…that was the slip.  I remembered the necklace…There was where you made your mistake, Judy.  You shouldn’t keep souvenirs of a killing.  You shouldn’t have been that sentimental,” Jimmy Stewart to Kim Novak at the climax of Vertigo.

This spanish-style ruby drop jewel pendant necklace is the clue to a murder.

Scene from Vertigo where Carlotta’s Necklace is in the Painting

Shadow Of A Doubt and the Engraving in the Emerald Ring

Shadow of a Doubt

Emerald Ring in Shadow of a Doubt

Uncle Charlie has given his niece, young Charlie, an emerald ring as a gift.  Young Charlie notices that the ring is engraved.  The engraving reads “TS from BM“.  After reading a newspaper article at the library, Charlie learns that the TS refers to Thelma Schenley and the BM refers to Thelma’s husband Bruce Matthewson.  Charlie also learns that Thelma Schenley Matthewson was the third victim of the Merry Widow Murderer.

Could Charlie’s Uncle be the Merry Widow Murderer?

Jewellery in Alfred Hitchcock Movies

Your Input

(Join our poll or Scroll Down To The Bottom and leave a comment) – Emerald is winning the poll!

To Catch A Thief

To Catch A Thief

I plan to introduce different gemstones alphabetically.  I will start with “A” (Ammolite) and see where it leads me.  Leave a comment and let me know if you have a favourite gemstone that starts with the letter “M”.  Take the poll!  Can you name a reference to a gemstone in a song, movie or book?

About Jen McKercher

A passion for gemstones drives Jen to learn as much as she can about the wonders of gemstones and how they enhance our lives. Jennifer McKercher taught gemmology at the Canadian Gemmological Association.

Posted on October 28, 2011, in Trivia and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Any close-ups of emerald ring in Shadow of a

  2. I love the jewelry in Hitchcock movies, I especially like the bracelet Miss Kelly wore in Rear Window, I am looking for a replica it is hard to see exactly the charms, on the pearl bracelet.

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