From the Heart of the Ocean to the Evenstar to that ring in the Phantom of the Opera movie, jewelry can play a big part in a film’s narrative. Despite being a large part of the book, Esmeralda’s necklace has never been seen in the movie version.
Costume design from the Opera La Esmeralda
Esmeralda wears a small oblong bag fasten to a necklace of red seeds. The bag is made from green silk and has a large imitation emerald made from glass. This is where she gets her name from but the fact that the stone is fake means that she too is fake. Esmeralda is not a real Gypsy. Inside the bag is her only link to her real self, a baby shoe.
Sister Gudule (Gladys Brockwell) showing the necklace to Esmeralda Hunchback Notre Dame 1923
Having the pouch in a movie would mean that Esmeralda’s backstory would have to be played out in some way. In the 1923 movie, Esmeralda did have a necklace to signify her origins but it was a medallion and in the 1999 parody version she had a birthmark.
Esmeralda Smiling, Maureen O’Hara 1939 HUnchback of Notre Dame
However, a few years ago there was talk that the Brolin movie would be more of an action-adventure tone and treasure hunts are popular plot mechanic for that genre. If the narrative was somehow centered around Esmeralda’s jewelry having a connection to a treasure that could be location at Notre Dame, like it’s a key or just part of it, you could have a story that keeps are as a Gypsy since films like that and have her jewelry as a focal point.
Esmeralda and Sister Gudule by Benjamin Lacombe from Notre Dame de Paris Tome 2
Personally, I wish the origins of Esmeralda and her original necklace would be played out in a film very but also I like jewelry in general so I would just like to see how a film could work it in to a narrative even if as stupid as the idea I proposed in that last paragraph.
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My Angers Rose Window Pendant by Lovell Design
I have been a fan of Lovell Design for a few years now. they make Lovell Design natural and nautical theme jewelry pieces. When I was in Maine for a day I went to one of their stores and I saw that they made Rose Window pendants and pins from the Cathedrals in Europe. THe have two of Notre Dame’s Rose Windows. I got the Rose Window from Angers. It’s one of my favorite pendants to wear.
Notre Dame North Rose Window Pendant by Lovell Design
You can get one the Rose Window Pieces on Lovell’s website. In addition to Notre Dame North and West Rose Windows and Angers they have Rose Window designs from Chartres, Clermont, Lausanne, and St Chapelle.
And can you check Lovell Design other pieceson Amazon, sad to say the Rose Window are not there but there stuff is very pretty I love their St. Brendan’s Cross.
Christmas! It’s soon so time to start planning your Hunchback gift list for yourself or that special gift for the Hunchback fan in your life or a person you want to turn into one. Between now and christmas I will periodically post gift ideas that are either directly Hunchback related or just inspired by it. This post is more stuff inspired By Disney’s Esmeralda and Esmeralda’s costume in Notre Dame de Paris.
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