The 2016 awards season has arrived in the blink of an eye, kicking off with last night’s Golden Globes. Less glitz than usual but plenty of glamour graced the red carpet as actresses favored more streamlined silhouettes and maneuverable hemlines over sequins and trains. Jewelry added just the right amount of sparkle to the matte colored dresses, which saw red, gold, black and white as the most popular choices. I was thrilled to see a few leading ladies decided to ditch the see-through dresses that, in my opinion, plagued the red carpet in 2015.
Letting the real jewels do all the shimmering and shining, diamonds and emeralds appeared to be the gems of choice while Harry Winston, Chopard and Neil Lane were heavy favorites to supply them. Here are the best jewels from last night’s Golden Globes:
The winner for Best Statement Necklace is hands down Jennifer Lawrence, who paired her red Dior tabard-top, cut-out gown with a bib of diamonds. From Chopard’s “High Jewelry Collection”, the necklace boasts 156.77 carats of diamonds set in 18k white gold.
Adding another win for the night – this time for Best Period Jewels, Lady Gaga channeled 1950s glamour à la Marilyn Monroe in a custom black velvet Versace number and plenty of diamond jewels from Neil Lane.
Pulling out all the stops, as she usually does, Jennifer Lopez let her jewels do the sparkling this time on the red carpet, winning the award for Best Red Carpet Rocks (and highest carat count). The Shades of Blue star amplified her mustard-yellow Giambattista Valli gown with 200 carats of Harry Winston diamonds: a classic diamond wreath necklace of 46.95 carats, a caftan cascading drop diamond necklace of 68.40 carats, a marquise and round brilliant cut diamond bracelet of 59.27 carats, yellow diamond drop earrings of 16.46 carats, a diamond band ring of 5.21 carats and a radiant cut yellow diamond ring.
Empire star and Golden Globe winner Taraji Henson went green in a big way, wearing a pair of Kimberly McDonald earrings set with rare 107-carat cushion-cut Gemfields Zambian emeralds. Cookie wins for Best Jewels to Make You Green with Envy.
Another star who chose to go green was Jaimie Alexander, pairing her emerald green and black Art Deco print gown by Genny with Lorraine Schwartz Colombian emerald jewels. The verdant actress wins for Best Green Goddess Jewels.
Exercising her riskier sense of style, Cate Blanchett dazzled on the red carpet in a fringe and lace backless Givenchy couture gown with matching Tiffany & Co. jewels – a diamond bracelet that mimicked the pattern details of the lace and a pair of pearl tassel earrings to match the fringe. Clearly, she wins the award for Best Matching Dress & Jewels.
Emmy Rossum nailed the red carpet sleek and chic look in a strapless red Armani Privé column and a diamond collar necklace by Van Cleef & Arpels. The intersecting lines of the necklace created a classic yet modern look, earning her the win for Best Elegant Jewels.
After winning early in the night, Kate Winslet showed her penchant for Art Deco jewelry from Neil Lane as she accepted her award for Best Supporting Actress in a Movie – Drama. Stacked on her wrist was a pair of striking Art Deco bracelets, which went nicely with her diamond drop earrings. The actress rightfully wins the award for Best Art Deco Jewels.
Walking on the wild side, Olivia Wilde paired her sparkling crimson Michael Kors figure-hugging dress with vintage Bulgari jewels. The striking 1975 necklace earns her the award for Best Vintage Jewels.
The last jewelry award of the night goes to another Olivia, Olivia Palermo. Though it is not known why the socialite was attending, the trendsetter and always glam Palermo brought her jewelry A-game by wearing one of my personal favorite necklaces – a David Webb laurel leaf necklace in beautiful yellow gold and diamonds. She wins the award for Best Gold Golden Globe Jewels.