Hollywood, CA—The 90th Academy Awards was marked by discussions of diversity, inclusion, and breaking down barriers of both gender and color—except when it comes to jewelry. While there were some beautiful colored gemstone pieces to be seen—such as Kristin Anderson-Lopez’s ruby ensemble from Oscar Heyman, Helen Mirren’s Harry Winston sapphires, Lindsey Vonn’s vintage Bvlgari ruby neckpiece, and Andra Day’s showstopping emeralds—diamonds ruled the red carpet this year. (Left and below: E! Live From The Red Carpet host Giuliana Rancic wore these Forevermark by Susan Eisen diamond drop earrings. Eisen is a designer and retailer based in El Paso, TX. She also wore a Forevermark by Premier Gem Exceptional Diamond cushion ring set in 18k rose gold.)
This year’s Oscar jewelry parade featured more necklaces than we’ve seen in recent years, although the primary emphasis remains on the ear, with the earring of choice being a drop. Both trends are welcome news to the jewelry industry after several seasons of bare necks and simple stud earrings.
Allison Janney, Best Supporting Actress nominee (I, Tonya) wore a diamond riviere necklace set in platinum, and three diamond line bracelets from Forevermark by Rahaminov. The necklace and one bracelet were set in platinum; the other two in 18k white gold. She also wore diamond stud earrings and an Asscher diamond ring with side baguettes from Forevermark by Premier Gem. In total, she wore approximately 128.6 carats of diamonds valued at more than $4 million, and spoke out in favor of Forevermark’s support of women in diamond-producing nations.
Said Janney, “Being at the Academy Awards in stunning Forevermark Diamonds makes me feel incredibly special. I also feel good knowing that they help to support women’s health & education programs in their diamond producing communities.”
Another very welcome trend for jewelers is how much Oscar-night jewelry comes from popular brands, not just the big jewelry houses. As much as we might like to ogle the massive pieces, the reality is that for most of our customers, there’s a pretty big gap between Oscar night and date night. But with more and more accessible brands being featured on big-jewelry nights, there’s more and more opportunity for jewelers to connect with customers for important local red-carpet nights.
Here, from both the Oscars themselves and related parties and events, were some of the evening’s standout looks from jewelry brands you know:
Kristen Anderson-Lopez, who won the ‘Best Original Song’ Oscar for “Remember Me” from Pixar’s Coco, wore Oscar Heyman’s invisibly set ruby and diamond earrings and bracelet, and a seven-carat cushion ruby ring surrounded with diamonds.
Kristen Anderson-Lopez is one of the relatively few ladies who wore colored gemstone jewelry at the Oscars. She chose this suite by Oscar Heyman.
Sarah Paulson and Viola Davis (below) wore Norman Silverman diamonds. Paulson wore three pairs of Norman Silverman diamond stud earrings (18.00 ctw), while Davis wore hoop earrings, a spiral ring, and 55+ carats of diamond bracelets with ovals, heart, and east-west diamond settings. In total, she wore more than 100 carats of Silverman’s jewelry, valued at over $500,000.
Forevermark made a splash at both the Academy Awards and the famous Vanity Fair afterparty. At the Oscars, Mary J. Blige (Mudbound), nominee for both Best Supporting Actress and Best Original Song, wore Forevermark large drop earrings in white gold, diamond and pave marquise ring in 18k oxidized gold, and Forevermark Exceptional Diamond cushion halo ring with split shank band set in platinum. All told, she wore approximately 23 carats of diamonds, $300,000 in value.
Mary J. Blige in Forevermark.
Later, at the Vanity Fair afterparty, Allison Williams (Best Picture Nominee Get Out) wore Forevermark circle diamond earrings (below right) in 18k white gold, a Forevermark by Rahaminov stackable cushion diamond eternity band in platinum (below center), and Forevermark by Natalie K stackable round diamond eternity band in 18k white gold (not pictured):
Lupita Nyong’o wore Forevermark Cascading Light earrings in 18k gold, Forevermark by Rahaminov pear solitaire ring in platinum and a Forevermark by Zameer Kassam Exceptional Diamond halo ring:
Gina Rodriguez, one of the evening’s presenters, wore Forevermark by Rahaminov starburst earrings (below center), Forevermark by Natalie K stackable diamond eternity bands in rose gold, and two Forevermark by Imagine Bridal stackable eternity bands in 18k white gold (below:
Emma Roberts wore Forevermark Exceptional Diamond fancy yellow oval diamond earrings with oval white diamonds set in 18k yellow and white gold:
Olivia Wilde wore two Forevermark bracelets, a diamond cuff in white and rose gold and a diamond bangle in rose gold, and Forevermark by Devotion round brilliant diamond studs; model Hailey Baldwin wore Forevermark The Center of My Universe diamond stud earrings and Forevermark by Rahaminov oval flower ring, both in 18k white gold; and Janet Mock, writer, TV host and activist, wore Forevermark brand stackable diamond bangle bracelets and chandelier earrings in white gold, and a Forevermark by Rahaminov halo oval diamond ring.
Oscar nominee Emily V. Gorden (The Big Sick) wore Narcisa Pheres diamond earrings and a DVANI ruby and diamond ring. Jasmine Tookes also wore DVANI emerald earrings to the 26th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party.
Chelsea Peretti (below top) and Megan Williams wore Le Vian jewelry (below bottom) for the evening. Peretti wore morganite earrings, bracelets and ring to the Oscars, and Megan Williams wore both Le Vian and Hearts On Fire diamond rings to the Elton John AIDS Foundation viewing party. Also in Hearts On Fire was Erin Lim, who wore a diamond bracelet from the brand to the Oscars.
Best Supporting Actress nominee Lesley Manville wore Harry Kotlar diamond rings. Also in Harry Kotlar was Odeya Rush, who wore Harry Kotlar diamond earrings along with diamond rings by Hearts on Fire to the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party. Gabrielle Union (below) wore Harry Kotlar diamond stud earrings (below center), a Hearts On Fire diamond bracele (below right), and a DVANI black diamond and pave ring (not pictured):
Kate Upton wore diamond rings by Hearts On Fire and Le Vian to the Vanity Fair party. Also at the Vanity Fair party, Catt Sadler wore Le Vian black diamond earrings.
Platinum jewelry was well represented as well. Nicole Kidman, Allison Williams, and Salma Hayek rocked Harry Winston jewelry. Kidman wore chandelier earrings, two bracelets and two rings, Williams wore earrings and a bracelet, and Hayek wore “Mrs. Winston” earrings and a ring. Wonder Woman Gal Gadot (below) stunned in Tiffany & Co.’s Blue Book Collection necklace and ring with aquamarines and diamonds.