Hollywood, CA—The 2017 Academy Awards will of course go down in history for the colossal ‘Best Picture’ gaffe, but one thing nobody could fault about the evening was the jewelry worn on the red carpet. The key trend for the evening was a dressed-up ear, accented with stacks of sparkly bracelets and a ring or two. Yellow gold with pretty pastel gems also made a noticeable statement.
Naturally, there were some standout necklaces. This is, after all, the Oscars. But overall the drop earring with a bare neck and décolleté set the tone for sparkle, with a few button earrings thrown in for good measure and, of course, the occasional (enormous) diamond stud earring.
For jewelers, this is great news. The Oscars serve as kind of a runway fashion show for jewelry. Just as the fashion runways are largely conceptual rather than a line-for-line presentation of clothing that will be in stores the following season, the Oscars’ red carpet does the same for jewelry. The Oscars red carpet will suggest trends—such as chokers or yellow gold and colored gems—but few women have a lifestyle that cries out for the kind of jewelry seen at the Oscars. This year, however, that could change. Big statement earrings and stacked bracelets both are a look that’s much more likely to translate to ordinary life and retail sales than a big bib of diamonds and gems. The same goes for the stacks of slim diamond bracelets seen on many actresses: that’s something a woman can acquire and build over time, not something she has to commit a huge chunk of change to at once.
Here’s a look at who wore what from popular jewelry brands:
Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, Sarah Paulson, Halle Barry, Lily Collins, Giuliana Rancic, and Molly Sims were all spotted wearing Forevermark diamonds. (All Forevermark celebrity images by Getty Images).
Octavia Spencer (top of page), who starred in Hidden Figures, wore Forevermark earrings with princess cut diamonds (18.61 ctw) in 18k white gold, a Forevermark Exceptional Diamond ring with a 9.04 ct Asscher-cut diamond in platinum, and a Forevermark by Rahaminov diamond eternity band (9.04 ctw) in 18k white gold.
Janelle Monae, also from Hidden Figures, wore Forevermark collection, Forevermark by Rahaminov, and Forevermark Exceptional Diamond jewelry featuring both white and fancy yellow diamonds, total value $1.5 million.
Janelle Monae wore cluster stud earrings from Forevermark Collection, a yellow and white diamond ring from Forevermark by Rahaminov, and Forevermark Exceptional Diamond jewelry, below:
Sarah Paulson wore Forevermark Black Label diamond line earrings with round, cushion, square and oval diamonds (10.16 ctw) in 18k white gold:
Halle Barry wore diamond bangles, cuffs, bands, and a two-finger ring, much of it set in 18k rose gold. Her jewelry came from the Forevermark collection, plus Forevermark by Natalie K, Forevermark by Pleve/Pluczenik, Forevermark by Rahaminov, and Forevermark by Jade Trau two-finger ring in 18k white and rose gold.
Halle Berry wore Forevermark jewelry from Pleve by Pluczenik (earrings with pink diamonds) Rahaminov (bangle in rose gold), above, and Jade Trau (left bangle), Natalie K (lattice and right bangle), and Forevermark collection bangles and two-finger ring, below top and bottom, respectively.
Lily Collins wore a Forevermark multi-row offset eternity band in 18k white gold (8.28 ctw), Forevermark by A. Link wing earrings (below top) in 18k white and yellow gold, Forevermark by Imagine Bridal two-stone ring in white gold, Forevermark by Rahaminov multi-row eternity ring (below bottom) and Forevermark by Maria Canale Pastiche cigar band ring in 18k white gold.
Molly Sims wore Forevermark collection diamond chandelier earrings, eternity band, and a Forevermark by Imagine Bridal five-stone band. All were set in 18k white gold:
Giuliana Rancic, Host of E! On The Red Carpet, wore Forevermark long drop earrings and radiant-cut line bracelet, and a Forevermark Exceptional Diamond ring, total value $1 million:
Auli’i Cravalho wore Maxior earrings and bracelet and a Harry Kotlar rare pink diamond ring on the red carpet (below top), and later wore L’Dezen by Payal Shah diamond earrings, Harry Kotlar diamond bracelets, and a Hearts On Fire diamond ring during her on-stage performance of “How Far I Go,” from Disney’s Moana (below bottom).
Also in Hearts On Fire was Kristin Cavallari, who wore Hearts on Fire diamond earrings and rings (below) wth a Pasquale Bruni diamond collar necklace:
Freida Pinto wore Hearts On Fire diamond earrings and a Harry Kotlar canary diamond ring to the Vanity Fair Oscar Party following the awards:
Caitriona Balfe, wore Hearts On Fire diamond earrings to the Vanity Fair party:
Matt Damon also rocked Harry Kotlar platinum and black diamond cufflinks with his tuxedo:
Zuri Hall wore Le Vian drop earrings:
Halston Sage (below top) wore a Doves by Doron Paloma diamond ring to the Oscars, while Angela Sarafyan wore a Doves black and white diamond gladiator ring to the 25th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation's Academy Awards Party (below bottom):
Demi Lovato wore DVANI black diamond jewels to the Vanity Fair Oscar party:
Lots of stars chose platinum jewelry for the Oscars. Teresa Palmer, Ginnifer Goodwin, Darby Stanchfield, Hailee Steinfeld and Olivia Culpo wore platinum jewelry by Neil Lane. Emma Stone wore a platinum ring by Tiffany & Co., while Kate McKinnon wore a platinum bracelet by Chopard.
Priyanka Chopra donned Lorraine Schwartz platinum and diamond earrings and ring, and jade and natural lavender cuffs. Scarlett Johansson wore estate jewelry from Fred Leighton: a pair of mid-century three-row cuffs with diamonds and 1930’s earrings with pear shaped diamonds, both by Belperron, and an Art Deco ring with old European cut diamonds (9.0 ctw). Rooney Mara also wore an Art Deco ring with a lozenge-cut diamond from Fred Leighton, and Tracy Pollan wore Fred Leighton platinum jewelry as well: a 1960’s pendant necklace with diamonds and black opal, stud earrings with six-carat round brilliant diamonds and multiple Art Deco diamond rings.
Nicole Kidman wore platinum earrings with diamonds and spinel, two diamond bracelets and a cluster ring with a 13.58-ct. pear-shaped diamond, all by Harry Winston.
Left to right: Nicole Kidman (InStar Images), Priyanka Chopra (Getty Images) and Scarlett Johansson (InStar Images)