There are always a lot of diamonds on any awards show red carpet. Stars regularly borrow baubles from the largest jewelry houses and independent designers, stacking on rings, bracelets and earrings with abandon. J-Lo on any red carpet offers a prime example.
Over the past few years, statement necklaces have taken a backseat to large earrings, whether they’re chandeliers, drops or clips. But on this year’s red carpet, that were front and center, seemingly on the neck of every actress who attended. They mainly came in traditional mid-century collars, typical of the 1950s or 1960s and though some had emeralds and sapphires, most were done up in diamonds.
Charlize Theron stepped out on the carpet in a dramatic black Christian Dior gown, which was paired with a Tiffany & Co. high jewelry necklace with a 21-carat diamond drop and more than 26 total carats additionally. Meanwhile, Zazie Beetz wore a sequin Thom Browne corset dress with a Bulgari diamond bib. And Greta Gerwig’s olive gown was utterly transformed by a diamond and sapphire bib.
Newcomer Florence Pugh’s Louis Vuitton dress and drop necklace were proof that the look could also be youthful. The “Little Women” actress and Oscar nominee wore the necklace with no other jewelry, aside from a cartilage piercing and her hair knotted on top of her head.
Janelle Monae’s Forevermark diamond necklace was hard to spot amid the crystal embellishments of her hooded Ralph Lauren gown, but it added extra oomph.
Gal Gadot layered a Tiffany & Co. high jewelry diamond bib over her the high neckline of her Givenchy couture lace gown, a styling technique that other actresses like Gwyneth Paltrow have been testing out this awards season.
Of course, there were other pieces of statement jewelry aside from a strong neck. Scarlett Johansson capped off a brilliant season of awards-show jewelry in a pair of diamond earrings, a collaboration between Forevermark and L.A. jewelry designer Anita Ko.
Meanwhile, Cynthia Erivo added even more statement to her Atelier Versace gown, piling on Piaget rings and earrings, proving that cartilage piercing can show off major jewels.
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