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Oscar’s Divas Look Like A Million in Color
Deborah Yonick, jewelry style expert

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With eight Oscars to its credit Slumdog Millionaire’s rise as top dog at the 81st Annual Academy Awards signals our longing to break from news of financial obscurity for something more happy and hopeful. In kind, celebrity divas put their own positive spin on the occasion by parading the red carpet in bright, colorful frocks and jewels.

Trends in gowns embrace architectural looks, with pleats and folds resembling origami. Interesting textural combinations, metallics, and beaded embellishment also are important with various shades of red, as well as white, blush and creamy taupe colors popular. And, formal’s new black comes in deep purples and blues.

Strapless and one-shoulder designs continue to resonate as prime choices with today’s stars, opening up the neck to amazing shoulder sweeping drop and chandelier earrings, as well as bib-style necklaces. Among the most stunning jewels of the night was a pair of vivid green Colombian emerald drop earrings (115 carats total), and a 65 carat Colombian emerald ring by Lorraine Schwartz that nominee Angelina Jolie popped against her black strapless Elie Saab.

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Another fan of Lorraine Schwartz, the lovely, statuesque Heidi Klum adorned her asymmetrical crimson colored Roland Mouret gown in coral and diamond platinum earrings, bangles and rings worth almost a cool million.

Also sporting coral jewels, the young, fresh Vanessa Hudgens of High School Musical fame wore long luscious drops in diamond accented platinum earrings, by Cathy Waterman, the perfect complement to her black strapless Marchesa tulle and feather detailed gown.

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Perhaps the jeweler most worn by Oscar’s highly celebrated actresses of the evening was Fred Leighton, with a statement piece of FL vintage gracing the neck of nominee Amy Adams. Atop her red Carolina Herrera bustier dress with black silk piping was a stunning 1950s bib-style necklace clustering 630 carats of emeralds, rubies, and sapphires, and 39 carats of diamonds.

Other Fred Fans: Meryl Streep wore 19th century agate cameo pendant earrings and moonstone ring (c.1915); Taraji Henson chose a 19th century pink topaz ring; Viola Davis selected a 10 carat Colombian emerald ring; and Melissa Leo picked Colombian emerald drop and diamond line pendant earrings, 1920’s emerald and diamond link platinum bracelet; and diamond snake and emerald bead ring.

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Undoubtedly Oscar worthy, The Big Three in gems showed up on Hollywood’s biggest stars. Nominee Marisa Tomei adorned her white pleated Atelier Versace in vintage Van Cleef & Arpels—1941 estate sapphire and diamond gold bracelet (sapphires total over 51 carats, and 5 carats of diamonds); and 1973 estate earrings with carved lapis lazuli (total 28 carats). Past Oscar winner Marion Cotillard wore Chopard blue sapphire necklace of 125 carats and 13-carat blue sapphire ring with emerald cabochon against her black and cobalt Dior. And, in Fred Leighton: Tina Fey flashed a 1930’s sapphire and diamond platinum ring; and past Oscar winner Whoopi Goldberg decked out in a ruby ram’s head cuff, Art Nouveau ruby ring; and 24 carat cushion-cut alexandrite ring.

Although rubies, emeralds and sapphires evoked many an “Oh My!” other gemmy designs captured the moment. Matching her plum Armani Privé strapless chiffon number, Alicia Keys wore a 19th century amethyst ring by Fred Leighton, who also accessorized Phoebe Cates in 19th century garnet and ruby bracelets.

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Unlike other awards shows, the Academy Awards satellite parties get as much notoriety as Oscar’s red carpet. At Elton John’s 17th Annual AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party British TV personality Katie Price caught eyes in tanzanite earrings and tanzanite and pink sapphire ring; and Perla, wife of legendary rock star Slash, shone in citrine and pink spinel ring, and South Sea drop earrings—all by Hollywood designer and AGTA member Erica Courtney. While singer Natasha Bedingfield, rocked the house in green beryl and diamond 18k gold jewelry by New York designer and AGTA member Tamir. At the coveted Vanity Fair After Party, singer Gwen Stefani flaunted a nearly 38-carat rubellite ring by AGTA member Bulgari; and Naomi Watts sparkled in amethyst gold bracelet, earrings, and rings by Neil Lane.

So, remember fashionistas, if a Slumdog can become a Millionaire, you can certainly look like a million bucks by Adding More Color to Your Life!


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