Hollywood, CA—For all that didn’t go quite as planned for this year’s 91st Academy Awards, at least jewelers had reason to celebrate. After years of bare necks, bare arms, and barely-there earrings (at least in terms of on-camera visibility, if not actual carat weight), statement jewelry was back in a big way this year. Big, bold necklaces and earrings topped bold and colorful gowns (especially pink and yellow), and even the men got in on the action.
For anyone who isn’t sure what gender fluidity is, this year’s red carpet was a crash course. The big newsmaker, of course, was Billy Porter’s Christian Siriano gown (left, accented with heaps of Oscar Heyman jewelry), but there were decidedly feminine elements to Chadwick Boseman’s sparkling and flowy Givenchy Couture tails by Claire Waight Keller (of Meghan Markle wedding dress fame) and Nicholas Hault’s Dior wrap tuxedo jacket. Meanwhile, a record number of women opted for satin pantsuits instead of gowns.
Above left, Chadwick Boseman's flowing tails and Nicholas Hault's Dior wrap tuxedo jacket (above center) incorporated traditionally feminine tailoring. Meanwhile, suits were de rigueur for multiple women. Below, Amy Poehler, Awkwafina, and Elsie Fisher were just three of many who put on pants instead of a traditional gown for the event. All women's images, Getty via Marie Claire
Will the statement necklaces of the Oscars translate into bigger neckwear off the red carpet and with daytime duds? Only time will tell, but in the meantime, here’s a look at the top trends and who wore whose jewelry:
Texas retailer Susan Eisen has proven in the past that an independent jeweler can get national publicity. This year, award-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o (Black Panther) wore a Susan Eisen piece to the famed Vanity Fair Oscars afterparty and hashtagged it on Instagram. Nyong’o wore a Forevermark by Susan Eisen 3.0-ct. pear shape diamond ring in 18k white gold.
As mentioned, Billy Porter was decked out in more than $2 million worth of Oscar Heyman jewelry. He wore a 20-carat yellow diamond Entourage ring on the red carpet, and while hosting a pre-show for ABC, he added the yellow diamond Gardenia brooch (below top left and right). At the Vanity Fair party, he exchanged his white tuxedo shirt for a black top and added a 62-ct. diamond riviere necklace and marquise diamond bracelet.
Billy Porter swapped out his white shirt for a black underlayer and added a diamond riviere necklace and marquise diamond bracelet, all Oscar Heyman. Shown here with Angela Sarafyan. Image: Getty
In addition to her Susan Eisen piece, Nyong’o wore a Forevermark by Premier Gem 6.04-ct. platinum pear solitaire diamond halo ring and Forevermark Frozen Beauty diamond earrings (14.87 ctw.) and two-stone diamond ring (8.52 ctw.), all set in 18k white gold:
Also in Forevermark were Serena Williams, Amandla Stenberg, Yalitza Aparicio, Melissa McCarthy, and Tonya Lewis Lee.
For the Awards (top group), Serena Williams wore Forevermark by Rahaminov Asscher diamond drop earrings (46.38 ctw.), 8.45 ct. Movál diamond ring (10.32 ctw.), and diamond line bracelet (27.02 ctw.); Forevermark by Premier Gem emerald-cut diamond ring (10.02 ctw.), Forevermark Black Label Collection five-row bracelet with Black Label square diamonds (61.72 ctw.), all set in platinum. She changed into Forevermark Peacock Ombré diamond and enamel earrings (8.34 ctw.) in 18k rose gold for the Vanity Fair party (bottom).
Serena Williams at the Vanity Fair afterparty:
Emma Roberts wore Forevermark Alchemy Collection by Jade Trau Sophisticate long diamond drop earrings; Forevermark by Rahaminov diamond choker (12.35 ctw.); and Forevermark five-stone Flower diamond ring (4.31 ctw.), all in 18k white gold:
Amandla Stenberg wore Forevermark Alchemy Collection by Jade Trau Envoy pear diamond medallion necklace and Forevermark Black Label Collection three-stone ring with Black Label square, round and cushion diamonds (3.05 ctw.); both set in 18k yellow gold. She also wore Forevermark Flower diamond drop earrings (1.35 ctw.) in 18k white and yellow gold:
Nominee Yalitza Aparicio wore fancy yellow diamond drop earrings (10.43 ctw.) in 18k white and yellow gold and a 10.73-ct. fancy yellow diamond ring in 18k white and yellow gold, both by Forevermark by Premier Gem; and a Forevermark by Natalie K diamond ring (4.92 ctw.) set in 18k white gold.
Nominee Melissa McCarthy wore a Forevermark Degradé diamond line necklace (33.61 ctw.) set in 18k white gold; Forevermark by Devotion diamond studs (4.08 ctw.); and Forevermark by Premier Gem 15.05-ct. Exceptional cushion diamond solitaire ring (16.05 ctw.), 7.13-ct. cushion diamond split shank ring and 7.04-ct. Exceptional cushion diamond halo ring, all set in platinum.
Tonya Lee Lewis (shown here with her husband, renowned director Spike Lee) wore a Forevermark diamond drop necklace and asymmetrical diamond earrings, both in 18k rose and white gold:
Sara Weinstock jewelry was the pick for (below, clockwise from top left) Kiersey Clemons, Leona Lewis, Regina Hall and Regina King. Clemons wore Weinstock’s Donna chandelier earrings, Reverie Couture statement ring, Reverie Couture pear cluster statement ring and the Reverie 2 Pear 1 Cushion Ring. Hall wore Weinstock’s Brut Tag ring to the Vanity Fair party, while King wore the Veena oval rose cut ring and the Reverie 7 cluster ring to the 12th Annual Women In Film Oscar Party, and the Illusion 5 cluster ring and the Reverie Couture shield ring to the Vanity Fair party. Singer Leona Lewis wore the Illusion emerald-cut choker to the Elton John AIDS Foundation viewing party.
A dozen celebrities donned Hearts On Fire jewelry for the evening, whether to the Oscars themselves or to the various before-, after-, or viewing parties.
Actress Danielle MacDonald wore a Copley tassel diamond necklace (21.3 ctw.) in white gold. Model Toni Garrn wore an intertwining diamond right hand ring set in rose gold. Marcia Gay Harden wore a Lorelei diamond pave dome ring (2.38 ctw.) and Lorelei open diamond drop earrings (3.48 ctw.) set in white gold to the Vanity Fair party (below), while at the Elton John AIDS Foundation Oscar Viewing Party, she wore a Triplicity diamond cuff (4.78 ctw.), Lorelei diamond crisscross ring (0.65 carat) in yellow gold, and Serafina diamond crescent drop earrings (5.8 ctw.) in rose gold.
Jane Seymour wore HOF’s Poise diamond line necklace with diamond drops (18.85 ctw.) and Lorelei chandelier diamond earrings (6.55 ctw.), both set in white gold:
Paris Jackson wore the Fire diamond necklace set in rose gold, Laura Vandervoort wore a Triplicity pointed diamond ring set in yellow gold, and model Fernanda Liz wore the Select Temptation diamond line bracelet (3.5 ctw.), and Aerial marquise diamond bracelet (10.6 ctw.), both in white gold. Actress Christina Ricci wore a Lorelei diamond pave dome ring (3.65 ctw.) set in white gold:
Actress Christine Lahti wore Triplicity crescent earrings (1.46 ctw.), an Atlantico triple wave diamond ring (1.64 ctw.), and a Lorelei floral diamond bangle (1.02 ctw.), all set in yellow gold. Actress Laura Marano wore a HOF double bezel diamond choker necklace (17.75 ctw.), a HOF intertwining diamond right hand ring (1.52 ctw.), and a Lorelei diamond right hand ring (2.3 ctw.), all set in white gold. And finally, E! News correspondent Zuri Hall accessorized with Aerial diamond drop ear vines (4.25 ctw.) in white gold: