Oscar jewelry fashion at the 2011 Academy Awards was a smattering of surprises paired with the usual classic diamond deluge. Fasten your seatbelts, jewelry hounds. Here’s my glittering recap to the red carpet Super Bowl.
Red-hued frocks with elegant diamond looks were a big trend (Anne Hathaway, Sandra Bullock, Jennifer Hudson), along with emerald jewels (Amy Adams, Reese Witherspoon, Annette Bening), knock-out necklaces (Nicole Kidman, Helen Mirren), and colorful earrings in surprising silhouettes (Marisa Tomei, Gwyneth Paltrow, Natalie Portman).
While there was a very real fear that the ‘less is more’ trend would dominate the night – (Michelle Williams, Mandy Moore and Jennifer Lawrence all opted for minimal jewels – among many others), Oscar always brings out the best in some of our go-to fashion divas.
Here are my top ten looks of the night, but be sure to visit Jewelry.com on Facebook for my complete album with rants and raves capturing all the Oscar looks. And better yet? Check in with JewelClub Monday morning to get all the hot 2011 Oscar jewels at prices that don’t need their own body guard.
1. Anne Hathaway Oscar Jewelry
Some might say Tiffany diamonds and a red dress are safe Oscar bets. I say – that’s the kind of red carpet fashion we jewelry hounds are looking for (and dare I say) expect from the A-list. And Annie’s jewelry looks just kept on coming throughout the show (I’ll be tracking down pics and credits for all – so stay tuned!)
2. Nicole Kidman Oscar Jewelry
How can you make a stunning 150-carat Fred Leighton diamond necklace look even more beautiful? Put it on Nicole Kidman and have it DRAPE DOWN HER BACK! Win!
3. Marisa Tomei Oscar Jewelry
Van Cleef & Arpels is responsible for these sapphire, diamond and emerald statement stunners. And her Charles James dress from 1950 almost made Tim Gunn hyperventilate, bless his heart. She’s never looked better.
4. Natalie Portman Oscar Jewelry
The sensational Live Twitter Chat gang (some of the best minds in jewelry and fashion participated – click here for more!) were either in LOVE with these Tiffany ruby tassels or thought them to be, um, pedestrian. I love the pomegranate color – not the silhouette so much. It just wasn’t the knock-out moment the belle of the Oscar ball needed to bring (a la Gwyneth in Cathy Waterman and Ralph Lauren when she won back in the day).
5. Gwyneth Paltrow Oscar Jewelry
Speaking of G-Pal – only she could pull off this Calvin Klein silvery sensation of a dress paired with these unique Louis Vuitton gemstone (bird?) earrings from their L’Ame du Voyage collection. A bold choice and a big win!
6. Helen Mirren Oscar Jewelry
Dame Mirren reigned over the red carpet in a pearl, diamond and platinum necklace from 1907 and a diamond bracelet from Cartier’s Archive Museum Collection. This woman always looks lovely – although the length of her necklace is a bit long here for my taste.
7. Reese Witherspoon Oscar Jewelry
This year’s Angelina Jolie-emerald-earring copycat award goes to…Reese Witherspoon, who looked lovely in 35-carat emerald drops by Neil Lane (her jewelry totaled $1 million). Annette Bening? You come in second place…
8. Jennifer Hudson Oscar Jewelry
Jaws dropped when this dream girl stepped on the red carpet in a ‘tangerine/red’ Versace number and Neil Lane diamonds. And I am telling you. You don’t have to go anywhere, sister.
9. Mandy Moore Oscar Jewelry
The ‘less is more’ win of the night for me went to this pretty diamond cluster earring on Mandy Moore. The overall look is the perfect example of how to wear jewelry with a sparkly dress. Just lovely.
10. Amy Adams Oscar Jewelry
Such a bold choice to wear navy, no neck line and this Cartier emerald and diamond wrap necklace and a 30.75-carat carved emerald and diamond bracelet-watch worth $1.025 million. Everyone is talking about her jewelry – despite the fact that it belonged with a different ensemble.
Whew! So what do you guys think of my Top Ten Oscar jewels for 2011? Who did I miss? Weigh in – and be sure to double back tomorrow for my ‘after party’ jewelry gawk-fest. Hoping for an Angelina sighting at the Vanity Fair party. Stay tuned!
(By request, a close-up of Amy Adams’ Cartier wrist bling. Wow!)