The parade of million dollar jewels on the Oscars Red Carpet has become increasingly commonplace in the past couple of years. As jewelry companies vie for the necks, ears, fingers and wrists of celebrities, the price tags for borrowed jewelry keep ticking upward. The PR buzz generated by the the multi-million dollar baubles has evolved into a successful marketing platform for the major brands, most of whom handsomely compensate their A-list celebrity mannequins.
The battle for the most expensive jewelry on Oscar night will continue as jewelry houses like Chopard, Tiffany, and Harry Winston compete for the next day’s headline of who wore the priciest baubles at the Oscars. Who knows how high the number will climb this Sunday, but for now here’s the current list of the top ten most expensive Oscars jewelry of all time:
10. Angelina Jolie – 2009 – $3.5 million
Angelina Jolie wore a pair of Colombian emerald drop earrings, weighing a total of 115 carats, by Lorraine Schwartz. The earrings are valued at $2.5 million. Jolie also wore a matching 65-carat emerald ring, also by Lorraine Schwartz, worth over a $1 million. In sum, Jolie wore jewelry totaling approximately $3.5 million to the Oscars in 2009.
9. Jennifer Lawrence – 2014 – $3.5 million
Jennifer Lawrence wore jewelry by Neil Lane value at a total of $3.5 million. The Art Deco style rock crystal and 100-carat diamond necklace draped down her back is worth $2 million, her 10-carat diamond stud earrings are $500,000, her colored diamond and platinum ring are $1 million. The value of the second vintage diamond ring was not reported, but could be estimated at $100,000.
8. Kate Winslet – 2010 – $3.5 million
Kate Winslet lit up the Oscars Red Carpet in 2010 wearing a stunning yellow diamond necklace by Tiffany & Co. The $2.5-million necklace was paired with matching $975,000 canary diamond earrings and three matching bracelets, also by Tiffany & Co.
7. Charlize Theron – 2013 – $4.5 million
Charlize Theron wore Harry Winston diamond jewels to the 2013 Oscars worth a total of $4.5 million. She looked spectacular in emerald-cut diamond ear studs, a vintage 1959 58.07-carat diamond lattice bracelet, a vintage 1959 ‘Cluster’ diamond bracelet with diamonds weighing a total of 57.30 carats, a diamond marquise lattice bracelet, and marquise-cut diamond cluster ring, all set in platinum.
6. Nicole Kidman – 2008 – $7 million
The Aussie beauty’s cascading 1,399-carat diamond necklace at the 2008 Academy Awards was custom-made just for her by L’Wren Scott. The $7-million necklace featured more than 7,500 diamonds and was reported to have taken 6,200 hours to hand craft.
5. Sandra Bullock – 2014 – $8.2 million
Sandra Bullock opted for jewelry by Lorraine Schwartz, wearing a pair of platinum and diamond cluster earrings ($1.8 million) and a diamond bracelet ($6.4 million). Together, the jewels are worth a total of $8.2 million.
4. Anne Hathaway – 2011 – $10 million
Anne Hathaway wore a Tiffany Lucida Star diamond necklace, weighing a total of 94 carats, a matching pair of diamond earrings and a diamond ring. Together worth an estimated $10 million. Hathaway was reportedly paid $750,000 to wear the pricey jewels.
3. Charlize Theron – 2014 – $15.8 million
Charlize Theron turned to Harry Winston for her jewelry at the 2014 Oscars, wearing a diamond cluster pendant necklace featuring a 31-carat D Flawless emerald-cut diamond valued at $15 million. She paired the necklace with diamond stud earrings estimated to be worth $800,000.
2. Cate Blanchett – 2014 – $18 million
The Blue Jasmine actress wore jewelry by Chopard, including a pair of earrings set with 62 opals in white gold. She also wore a brown diamond bracelet and a pear-shaped diamond ring, both also from Chopard, bringing the total cost of her jewelry to approximately $18 million.
1. Gloria Stuart – 1998 – $20 million
The Titanic star still holds the title of most expensive Oscar jewelry. Nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Titanic, Gloria Stuart wore a a brilliant 15-carat blue diamond necklace by Harry Winston to the 1998 Oscars, where the film took home 11 Academy Awards.
Jennifer Garner – 2013 – $2.5 million
Jennifer Garner selected a vintage-inspired diamond necklace from Neil Lane for her stroll down the 2013 Oscars Red Carpet. The necklace plus a pair of matching earrings brought the grand total to $2.5 million worth of jewels.
Amy Adams – 2011 – $1.3 million
Amy Adams chose Cartier for the 2011 Oscars, wearing a carved emerald and diamond necklace with a matching carved emerald and diamond secret watch, both from Cartier. Together, the jewels are valued at about $1.3 million.
Gwyneth Paltrow – 2012 – $1 million
Gwyneth Paltrow dazzled in an Anna Hu Haute Joaillerie “Hearts of Winter” cuff bracelet, set with 2,368 brilliant diamonds, and a flower ring. The cuff alone is worth a cool $1 million.