At first glance I thought the giant scorpion on Angelina Jolie’s hip at the Maleficent: Mistress of Evil premiere on September 30, 2019 in Los Angeles was a sequined part of her Atelier Versace black gown. I didn’t think it was a fine jewel, because it’s ginormous. I am happy to report, I was wrong.
The Scorpion is a 50-carat diamond and platinum brooch with gold details on the body and black diamonds on the underside and ends of the legs. Composed like a piece of sculpture, the tail curls over and the legs have a bend. Jolie conceived the slightly sinister 3-1/2 inch long statement piece with Los Angeles based jeweler, Robert Procop.
With this scorpion and the spider brooch worn by British Supreme Court’s President, Lady Hale, last week as she announced Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s move to suspend parliament was unlawful—the trend for creepy crawlers feels well underway.
“The brooch has existed for some time, but Angelina waited for the perfect moment for it to make its debut,” explained Procop. “With the gown she selected and the nature of the premiere, the stars aligned.” According to the jewelry designer, the Scorpion is not currently for sale. It may be auctioned for charity in the future. In the past, proceeds from from the Style of Jolie collection were donated to the Education Partnership for Children in Conflict, which builds schools for children around the world.
All the other designs in the Style of Jolie collection have been bold pieces set with large emeralds or citrines in geometric mountings. This scorpion is on a par with the other megawatt piece in the Style of Jolie collection, The Jolie Citrine Necklace. The exceptional jewel features 64 graduated bezel-set cushion cut citrines and a 177.11-carat pear-shape citrine. It was donated in 2015 to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D. C. by Jolie and Procop. The Jolie Citrine Necklace is currently on display among other treasures including the Hope Diamond.
Also, at the Maleficent premiere, the actress’s daughter Zahara Jolie-Pitt debuted emerald-cut citrine and gold suite of jewels she designed with Robert Procop for the Zahara Collection. The matching set includes a bracelet, three-tiered earrings and a ring that are very much in the mode of her mother’s collection.
The limited edition Zahara Collection also has pieces set with white and pink quartz, as well as pink sapphires. The Zahara Collection will be available for sale beginning in November at several Saks Fifth Avenue stores, as well as other exclusive retail partners throughout the United States and Australia. All proceeds from the Collection will benefit the Los Angeles-based House of Ruth Shelters, which provided transitional housing for battered women and children.