The 87th Academy Awards sparkled with [borrowed] diamonds galore this past Sunday as Hollywood’s leading ladies strutted the red carpet. Not even a bit of afternoon rain could dull the glittery affair that is the Oscars. As expected, the major jewelry houses swathed actresses and performers alike in their most opulent creations for all the viewing public to see. From fantastic to faux pas, here are my thoughts on the jewelry at this year’s Oscars.
Without question, the actress wearing the most jewels, in original jaw-dropping fashion, was Lupita Nyong’o. The stunning star, who won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress last year, wore a custom design by Francisco Costa of Calvin Klein Collection. The luminescent gown was composed of strategically placed strands of pearls – 6,000 actual [cultured] pearls to be exact. Needless to say, a necklace would have been overkill, so Ms. Nyong’o opted for diamond earrings and a trio of rings, all by Chopard.
Turning to Van Cleef & Arpels for jewelry to compliment her femme fatale dress by Saint Laurent, Margot Robbie selected one of the Maison’s most iconic designs – a Zip necklace. Based on the original design first produced in 1951, Ms. Robbie’s – the Zip Antique Colombine, 2013 (valued at $1.5 million) – is composed of 300 sapphires and studded with 150 diamonds throughout. While there is some debate whether or not the Duchess of Windsor actually owned one, there is no question that the legendary fashion maven and jewelry collector came up with the idea for the design. (Read more about the history of the Zip Necklace here).
For me, the large sapphire-bead tassel did not seem to sit right when I was watching Ms. Robbie present on stage. Maybe a little tweaking will set that tassel straight!
Usually adorned in Bulgari, the Aussie native opted for Anna Hu for this year’s Oscars. Ms. Watts’s shimmery silver and black Armani Privé ensemble was paired with a pair of ‘Modern Art Deco’ earrings, valued at $3 million, set with oval sapphires weighing over 50 carats and accented by purple sapphires and diamonds in 18k white gold. And, speaking of the Duchess of Windsor, Ms. Watts’s one-of-a-kind ‘Wallis Simpson’ bracelet, also by Anna Hu, was inspired by the Duchess and features 385 diamonds weighing a total of 34.06 carats set in white gold. The bracelet is valued at $980,000.
The Academy Award-winning Goop-er also turned to Anna Hu for her jewels this year. As an enlarged rose blossomed on her shoulder, Ms. Paltrow accented her light petal pink Ralph & Russo one-shoulder dress with (overly) large ‘Fire Phoenix’ earrings and a ‘Pétales d’Amour’ ring. The one-of-a-kind earrings, worth $425,000, feature two pear-shaped cabochon rubellites, together weighing 101 carats, and two pear shaped rubellite, a total of 22.88 carats, set in sporadic display of pavé white and yellow diamonds; blue, pink and purple sapphires; spinels; and Paraïba tourmalines in white gold. The ring centers on a 6.27-carat pigeon’s blood Burmese ruby surround by petals of pink and white diamonds set in rose and white gold.
Last year’s Best Actress winner went bold in more ways than one. Wearing an austere black dress from Margiela Couture designed by John Galliano, Ms. Blanchett livened up the look with a one-of-a-kind bib necklace from Tiffany & Co.‘s 2015 Blue Book Collection. The statement piece, not to be confused with a costume confection, is composed of aquamarines, turquoise and diamonds arranged (seemingly) at random to elicit a wealth of textures and volume.
Also making a statement with a necklace, albeit one reminiscent of green algae, was Scarlett Johansson. The new mother looked svelte and stunning in a body-hugging verdant Versace number; however, Ms. Johansson covered her plunging neckline with a statement-making Swarovski crystal embroidered collar. Luckily, she paired the green monster with Piaget‘s Mediterranean Garden ear cuff: set in 18-carat pink gold with 5 pear-shaped emeralds, 278 brilliant-cut diamonds, 4 pear-shaped aquamarines, and 2 pear-shaped green tourmalines.
From emerald green to acid green, Emma Stone daringly wore a chartreuse Elie Saab dress covered in sequins with aplomb. While I commend the red-haired siren for her bold choice of dress, I’m not so keen on the jewelry. The pair of Tiffany & Co. cuffs worn by Ms. Stone are very similar in style to one of jewelry’s most lauded 20th century designers, Suzanne Belperron. According to Tiffany, the cuffs were inspired from 1940s glamour, but they too closely resemble a pair of cuffs by the French designer, circa 1935, to simply be ‘inspired’ by an era…
Below are the Belperron cuffs I am referring to. They were sold at Sotheby’s in November 2012 for $357,795.
All awards season, Ms. Moore has been bedecked in sequins. The Academy Award winner for Best Actress was more demure in an embroidered Chanel Haute Couture gown, custom made for her and designed by Karl Lagerfeld. With over 80,000 hand-painted sequins, the dress took over 987 to make by the hands of 27 people. Keeping in line with her elegant aura, Chopard jewels – diamond earrings and two diamond rings – kept her sparkling bright through the long night.
The Best Actress nominee, and past winner for playing June Carter in ‘Walk the Line’, chose a Tom Ford dress that walked the line. The fitted white gown was accented by bold black lines across the top and waist, highlighting Ms. Witherspoon’s elegant figure beautifully. Keeping in tone with the monochrome look, Ms. Witherspoon wore Tiffany & Co. jewels, including a pair of diamond cluster earrings, a wide diamond bracelet, a diamond ring and a rare 3.03-carat Fancy Intense blue diamond ring.
The Scandal star was anything but at this year’s Oscars, donning a champagne peplum from Miu Miu. The subdued cream color got a punch of color from her Fred Leighton Pink Sapphire Ombré earrings, featuring more than 25 carats of sapphires and 3.5 carats of diamonds. The earrings, in a JAR-esque design, were the kind of shoulder dusters you’d hope to see at Hollywood’s most prestigious awards show. She also wore a major diamond ring as well.
Also in white for the black tie affair, the nominee and former Oscar winner chose a daring Dior Haute Couture white gown with a black band gathered at the back. Love it or hate it, Ms. Cotillard is known for her edgy sense of fashion when it comes to the red carpet. Her Chopard diamond earrings, on the other hand, were beautiful hoops that picked up the circular pattern of her gown.
The pregnant star and nominee for her role in The Imitation Game wore a Valentino dress with embroidered flowers and French phrases. Adorning her hair was the Sunset Headband from Chanel‘s Cafe Society collection. The glittering geometric camellia flower design is composed of pink sapphires and diamonds, in pink and white gold.
The (annual) nominee and three-time Oscar winner wore a belted black and white Lanvin ensemble complete with a black blazer and stunning 19th century diamond fan earrings from Fred Leighton.
Proving age is only a number, Jenny from the Block nearly bared all in a nude Elie Saab gown complete with a tulle-rific skirt and plunging neckline. Accenting the hand-sewn embellishments of the dress, Ms. Lopez selected $2.5 million worth of jewelry, which included a pair of 20-carat diamond drop earrings and three diamond rings, from Neil Lane.
Nominated for Best Actress for her role as Jane Hawking in The Theory of Everything, Ms. Jones wowed in a romantic look by Alexander McQueen. Some hate it, some love it, but the pearl embellished bodice and 3D flower embroidery is quite lovely, in my opinion. To top it all off, Ms. Jones wore ‘Dans les étoiles’ earrings set with briolette-cut champagne diamonds, a diamond ‘Snowflake’ bracelet and clutched a Minaudière precious case – all from Van Cleef & Arpels.