Los Angeles, CA—Just as the ready-to-wear industry has its cadre of theatrical fashion shows—New York, London, Milan, Paris—where the public can get a first look at new trends, the major red carpet entertainment awards help serve as a showcase for fine jewelry, especially as the public isn’t admitted to the U.S. jewelry trade shows.
TV’s 69th Primetime Emmy Awards were held on Sunday, September 17, and there was no shortage of high-wattage gemstone brilliance. The key standout trends were colored gemstone jewelry and statement earrings. Earrings mainly were big drops (though not chandeliers) and on-the-ear styles, and of course there are always a few subtle-yet-not-subtle diamond studs of mega-carat wattage. There were a few sizable cuffs and statement necklaces in the crowd as well (notably an emerald and diamond stunner from Gismondi 1754 that Jane Fonda wore backwards.) Best news for jewelers, however, was that there was good representation of accessible jewelry brands and designers, not just the major jewelry houses providing bling.
Jane Fonda turned heads coming and going with her Gismondi 1754 necklace and earring set. She turned the necklace around to let the drop fill in the bare expanse of upper back. Top of page, the front view.
Here were some of the top looks worn for the Emmys; both for the awards ceremony itself and at related pre- and post-event parties.
At the Variety and Women in Film’s 2017 Pre-Emmy Celebration on September 15, Lea Michele and Angela Sarafyan wore Hearts on Fire diamond earrings, and Alison Wright wore Le Vian yellow gold earrings.
Lea Michele, above, and Angela Sarafyan, below, in Hearts On Fire jewelry at the Women In Film Pre-Emmy Celebration. Below bottom, Alison Wright in Le Vian gold earrings.
Mandy Moore (below top) wore Penny Preville five-stone Journey earrings at the Entertainment Weekly Pre-Emmy Party. Also at the EW party, actress Gabrielle Ruiz (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) wore Sylvie Collection’s 14k white gold and diamond double-row ear climbers (styled upside down) and 14k white gold and diamond stacking bands (below bottom).
Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Fargo), Suzanne Cryer (Silicon Valley), and Adina Porter (AHS: Roanoke) wore wore pieces from designer Roberto Demeglio’s Pura, Domino and Cashmere collections to the awards and other events.
Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Suzanne Cryer at the Emmys in Roberto Demeglio, above; Adina Porter in Demeglio's jewelry at another party, below.
Actresses Jessica Biel, Elisabeth Moss, Julianne Hough, Anna Chlumsky, and Giuliana Rancic all were draped in Forevermark diamond jewelry. (All Forevermark images, Getty.) Presenter Jessica Biel (below top) wore more than 40 carats total of Forevermark diamonds, including a cushion diamond bracelet and two-stone round bypass ring from Forevermark by Rahaminov (top and bottom center); and Forevermark brand long drop earrings, “You & Me” two-stone Deco curve ring by A. Link (top right) and two-stone ring, all in 18k white gold:
Actress Elisabeth Moss, nominated for her role in The Handmaid’s Tale, wore 8.92-ct. Forevermark Custom by Karla Welch tw-stone bar earrings set in rose-toned platinum, and a Forevermark Exceptional diamond cushion ring in platinum, 11.03 ctw.:
Actress Julianne Hough wore Forevermark pieces by Rahaminov, Mémoire, Imagine Bridal, H.J. Namdar, A. Link, and Jade Trau. From Rahaminov, she wore hexagon bezel studs, offset diamond eternity band, round halo diamond band, all in 18k gold. From Mémoire, an Odessa nine-stone diamond band set in platinum; from Imagine Bridal, a five-stone diamond halo band in white gold; from H.J. Namdar, a five-stone diamond band in 18k white gold, and Jade Trau’s Kismet diamond band in 18k white gold:
Forevermark rings by, from left, Imagine Bridal (2), Memoire (center) and Rahaminov.
Anna Chlumsky (Veep), who won Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy, wore Forevermark Black Label square solitaire stud earrings and Forevermark brand cluster shield ring, Cornerstones eternity ring, and another eternity ring, all in 18k white gold:
E! host Giuliana Rancic wore pieces from A. Link as well as Forevermark branded pieces from the regular collection (cluster stud diamond earrings) and the Tribute Collection (seven stackable diamond rings). She wore A. Link’s two-stone “You & Me” Deco spiral ring as well; all were set in 18k white gold.
Spotted in Hearts On Fire diamond bracelets were Edie Falco (below top) and Samira Wiley (below bottom), who both wore them along with earrings and rings from Butani and Djula.
Ariel Winter wore Hearts on Fire diamond rings with a Borgioni ear cuff:
Regina King also wore a Hearts On Fire diamond bracelet with DVANI diamond earrings:
Other stars who chose DVANI jewelry included Gina Rodriguez (below top), who wore a DVANI diamond ring (not shown), and Lydia Hearst, who wore a DVANI blue sapphire ring with Djula blue sapphire and diamond earrings and a Gilan yellow gold ring.
Yellow was a popular color choice this year: Angela Sarafyan wore a Harry Kotlar diamond ring and Hueb earrings during the evening:
Gail Simmons and Lilliana Vazquez both wore Le Vian jewelry: Simmons chose Le Vian’s peacock earrings and a Borgioni sapphire and diamond ring, and Vazquez wore a Le Vian black diamond rose ring along with L’Dezen by Payal diamond earrings.
While popular jewelry brands and independent designers made a strong showing, an awards show wouldn’t be an awards show without representation from America’s renowned jewelry houses and celebrity jewelers such as Neil Lane, Tiffany & co., Harry Winston, Lorraine Schwartz, and Fred Leighton. Here, platinum was the major winner for those pieces, which ranged from vintage stud earrings and cocktail rings to layered bracelets and necklaces. Here’s who wore what in platinum jewelry:
Nicole Kidman and Claire Foy both wore Harry Winston. Kidman donned a link bracelet with 35.16 cts. Of diamonds and drop earrings with 13.77 ctw of pear shaped diamonds; Foy wore cluster diamond earrings (16.49 ctw) and ring (3.95 ctw), and a ring with a 4.06-ct. pear-shaped diamond.
Nicole Kidman was one of several stars whose gowns had jewelry-like embellishments built in. This trend can be good or bad for jewelry: on the positive side, it reinforces the need to add sparkle for special occasions, but it also can detract from the real jewelry being worn.
Zoe Kravitz wore platinum jewelry by Tiffany & Co.: a necklace with diamonds, the Lucida necklace with diamonds, stud earrings, the Aria ring with diamonds, the Extraordinary Colors of Tiffany Collection ring with diamonds, and from the Victoria collection, cluster earrings with diamonds, line bracelet with diamonds, and alternating ring with diamonds.
Michelle Pfeiffer, Chrissy Metz, Charlie Heaton, Ariel Winter, and Evan Rachel Wood wore Neil Lane. Pfeiffer wore a platinum cluster ring with diamonds, Metz wore diamond and pearl earrings, Wood wore vintage couture geometric earrings with diamonds and a pearl and diamond ring, and Winter wore vintage couture diamond stud earrings and diamond bands. Charlie Heaton wore Lane’s vintage cufflinks with onyx and diamonds, set in platinum.
Lorraine Schwartz’s jewelry decked out Sarah Paulson, Priyanka Chopra, and Felicity Huffman. Paulson wore Deco-inspired earrings and rings with diamonds. Chopra wore earrings with emerald cut diamonds (62 carats), and a 16.5 carat diamond ring (total value, $7 million). Huffman wore drop earrings with rose cut diamonds from Schwartz’s Caviar Gem Collection and a bracelet with sapphires and white diamonds.
Thandie Newton, Judith Light, and Padma Lakshmi wore platinum jewelry by Fred Leighton. Newton chose an Art Deco ring with diamonds (6.10 carats), and Lakshmi wore an Art Deco old European ring with diamonds (9.0 carats). Light wore an Art Deco ring with a marquise diamond and emerald and an Edwardian ring with a marquise diamond and emerald.
Ryan Michelle Bathe wore Harry Winston, a cascading lariat necklace with diamonds (26.1 carats), drop earrings with cushion-cut and micro-pave diamonds (6.8 carats), and a Lotus diamond ring (4.47 carats), all set in platinum.