December 26, 2020—Since the trailer for WW84 debuted in January, we knew the new Wonder Woman movie was going to feature jewelry because Diana Prince (Gal Gadot) flashed the gold Bone cuff Elsa Peretti designed for Tiffany. Now I can confirm WW84 has much more than just a jewelry cameo. A gem named the Dreamstone, drives the plot forward.
Before we review the gem, let’s look back at the end of the 2017 Wonder Woman film, which was set during World War I. Our heroine Diana is in Paris. We are not given the exact date, but she is typing on a contemporary computer at her desk in the Louvre’s Arms and Armor department and wistfully pondering the state of the world while longing for her true love Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) as she reviews press clippings and holds the period watch he left her with on the battlefield.
Flash forward to 1984 and Wonder Woman has relocated to Washington, D.C. where she lives in a glamorous apartment in the Watergate building. By day she works as a cultural anthropologist at the Smithsonian and by night she is a crime stopper in the streets of the city.
Being an Amazonian woman, Diana doesn’t physically appear to have aged a day since World War I. And she knows how to blend in now. Remember her scene of confusion trying on the early 20th century clothes in the last film?
In the 1980s world, while everyone onscreen is sporting seriously bad hair and the worst fashions from the period, Diana keeps it classy in neutral tones. For example, when she goes solo for dinner, signaling she is still missing her man, she wears grey pants, a beige jacket and what appears to be a slender whip style belt.
The style could be a small rendition of the whip belt Elsa Peretti designed for Tiffany. I don’t have confirmation on that fact, but it would be cool if it was Peretti’s whip belt because it would allude to Wonder Woman’s Lasso of Truth.
Warning: There are spoilers in the following sections of the story.
The serious action of WW84 kicks off with the robbery of ancient artifacts that are being fenced through a jewelry store in a mall. Wonder Woman stops the robbers before the police arrive.
When the Dreamstone, the main item in the loot from the heist, arrives via the FBI at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History’s department of gems and minerals run by Barbara Minerva (Kristen Wiig), Diana drops by to take a look.
I appreciated the authenticity of the scenes of Diana walking through the real Smithsonian. I am not sure if the offices were actually behind-the-scenes, but they certainly looked like they were with stuffed animals everywhere, wood sample drawers and trays as well as scientific equipment. I have been in the back halls at the Smithsonian not to mention the American Museum of Natural History in New York and the filmmakers captured the spirit to perfection.
Back to the Dreamstone, the rough citrine is set on a stand with some Latin writing that Diana translates to mean that it grants “One great wish.” At first, Diana and Barbara both dismiss the item as a fake. But Diana still wishes upon the stone. And her wish is that Steve would come back.
ELSA PERETTI GOLD BONE CUFF AND DIAMONDS BY THE YARD
Diana’s wish comes true. Steve does reappear. This time, it is worth noting, he is wearing a period appropriate Casio watch with his Members Only black zip up jacket. Diana is dressed to perfection in a white gown accessorized with Tiffany’s Elsa Peretti gold Bone cuff and Diamonds by the Yard necklaces.
The cuff, of course, links to Diana’s Wonder Woman bracelets that carry a lot of her power including the ability to deflect bullets and create a force field. They also allude to the Golden Eagle Armor Diana puts on later in the movie when things get serious. Before the situation goes south, some of the most charming moments of the film happen between Steve and Diana.
The chemistry between the couple is immediate and is made all the more dramatic when they take a stroll alongside the reflecting pool in front of the Lincoln Memorial.
The next day after sleeping together on a futon in his apartment, there is a divine turning of the fashion tables when Steve tries on a series of 1980s outfits. The montage of looks Diana judges is reminiscent of her moment doing pretty much the same thing in the first movie. It is also similar to so many montages of outfit try-ons for women in movies such as Pretty Woman or Crazy Rich Asians. The scene was also undoubtedly a wink to Chris Pine’s reputation for being something of an eccentric fashion plate.
GOLDEN EAGLE ARMOR
When the Dreamstone falls into the sinister hands of Maxwell Lord (Pedro Pascal), Wonder Woman has to save the world from the fallout. During the most intense battle with her new enemy—the gemologist Barbara Minerva who has transformed into the evil Cheetah—Wonder Woman dons her Golden Eagle Armor.
While the ceremonial armor isn’t a jewel, according to DC Fandom it is “crafted of pure gold.” Jewelry purists would scoff at this idea because pure gold would be too soft for the battle gear. I think it’s safe to say the gold is a special alloy with superpowers.
I love the subtle link of the armor back to Diana’s fascination with the subject shown at the end of the first movie when she had a brief moment as a curator in the Arms and Armor department at the Louvre.
ELSA PERETTI GOLD MESH NECKLACE
All the Easter Eggs and secret messages in the Marvel movies is part of what makes them so much fun to watch and breakdown. Be sure to stick around until a little bit after the credits in WW84 begin to role. There is one more perfect jewelry moment. Lynda Carter who played Wonder Woman in the beloved late 1970s television series, turns up as Asteria and saves the day while breezily wearing an Elsa Peretti for Tiffany gold split bone cuff and a gold mesh necklace.