When it comes to dressing in diamonds, few contemporary Hollywood stars can rival Italian actor Monica Bellucci. Since she made her cinematic debut in the early ’90s, following a successful modelling career, the actor has displayed an unwavering commitment to dazzling treasures from the likes of Cartier, Chopard and Boucheron.
Necklaces are Bellucci’s preference: she uses them to decorate her décolletage to dramatic effect. And the Bond girl leaves no stone unturned, switching between emeralds, diamonds, rubies and sapphires to accessorise her red-carpet looks.
Bellucci has a specific style – she tends to stick to form-fitting ensembles in a muted palette by Dolce & Gabbana and Christian Dior – so jewellery is how she breathes personality into her ensembles. Her role as a Cartier ambassador has made her privy to the storied jewellery house’s most precious — and exuberant — gems, like the signature crocodile pieces first made for Maria Félix in the ’70s. More recently, the actor has used her new shorter hair to frame large hoop earrings for a bohemian take on statement jewellery.
Here, British Vogue revisits just 31 of the Italian siren’s magnificent haute joaillerie moments.
19 November 1996
In London, Bellucci walked the red carpet in a black plunging neckline decorated with a small crucifix necklace.
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6 August 1999
The actor wore a baby blue dress styled with a necklace made up of gold strands dotted with diamonds to match her earrings at a ball in Monaco.
30 November 1999
At the centenary celebration of Cartier in Paris, Monica wore a ruby and diamond parure.
11 May 2000
The actor wore a pearl choker necklace with pendant detail at the Under Suspicion premiere.
21 May 2000
Bellucci attended the closing ceremony of the 2000 Cannes Film Festival wearing a pink corseted Dolce & Gabbana gown with a fringe-trim diamond choker necklace.
25 May 2000
The actor wore a pearl and diamond set with a strappy black dress at an awards ceremony.
3 September 2000
The actor paired a figure-hugging off-white dress with a collar of diamonds.
21 January 2001
At the Golden Globes, Bellucci wore a magenta halter-neck dress complete with elaborate diamond drop earrings.
24 February 2001
The Italian actor teamed a leather-trim dress with a diamond choker necklace and loose hair.
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1 September 2002
She wore Dolce & Gabbana at the Venice Film Festival. Her slicked-back bun placed the focus squarely on her pearl pendant necklace.
14 May 2003
Monica wore earrings that matched her gobstopper cocktail ring with a baby blue floor-length gown at Cannes.
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25 May 2003
Later on in the festival, Monica wore a festoon necklace made up in coloured stones.
7 April 2004
Monica wore a classic Panthère de Cartier choker at a party for the jewellery house held in Paris.
4 September 2005
Arriving in Venice, the actor wore sparkling diamond pendant earrings with a choppy blunt fringe.
4 September 2005
Later that day, Monica wore a necklace from the same parure to the The Brothers Grimm premiere.
25 May 2006
The actor wore one of Cartier’s original crocodile emerald and diamond necklaces, first commissioned by Maria Félix in 1975, to a premiere at Cannes.
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28 May 2006
Walking the red carpet at Cannes, Monica decorated a nude evening gown with a diamond and ruby necklace.
19 May 2008
With her hair styled in Veronica Lake-inspired waves, the actor wore a delicate diamond choker.
26 March 2009
In Dubai, the actor attended the opening of Cartier’s boutique in the city’s mega mall wearing multiple stands of necklaces by the French jeweller.
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12 September 2010
At the opera in Paris, Monica decorated a strapless dress with an elaborate tassel-detail necklace and matching emerald and diamond cocktail ring.
16 May 2009
She wore a vintage diamond Cartier necklace with a striking red off-the-shoulder gown by Dior.
18 May 2014
She wore dainty gold heart-shaped earrings with black diamond detailing alongside a polka dot Dolce & Gabbana dress.
8 February 2015
At the 2015 Baftas, she wore Boucheron diamond earrings with an Azzedine Alaïa dress.
26 October 2015
For the premiere of Spectre held at the Royal Albert Hall in London, she paired an elegant green velvet dress by Ralph & Russo with triangle-cut diamond Chopard earrings.
2 November 2015
At the Mexico City premiere of the Spectre movie, Monica wore an Azzedine Alaïa gown with dangling diamond Chopard earrings.
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17 May 2017
A twinkling diamond brooch was pinned at the neckline of her black Stella McCartney jumpsuit.
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17 May 2017
With a navy tulle Dior Couture gown, Bellucci wore a platinum, sapphire and diamond necklace by Cartier.
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17 September 2017
Monica wore a dramatic diamond and emerald necklace for a Cartier launch in Rome.
31 January 2018
With her hair in a tousled bob, the actor wore a Cartier Panthère pendant necklace.
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18 May 2019
In Cannes, she wore another emerald and diamond necklace from Cartier’s Maria Félix crocodile suite.
24 September 2019
Bellucci attended the Dior show during Paris Fashion Week, and finished her belted black gown with a pair of large hoop earrings.