TRENDS: Diamond studs

Forget chandeliers and explore these demure red carpet dazzlers.

The red carpet was alight with a frighteningly high carat count during the awards season earlier this year, but the carats were packed into demure diamond studs. It seems little sparklers are in vogue on lobes, writes Rachael Taylor

During awards season last year, Professional Jeweller issued a lost property report for lavish neckware on the red carpet. Despite hours of picture research we struggled to come up with a good example of a stylish celebrity accessorising her neck as she humoured her minions.

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Fast forward a year and we’re still waiting for the return of outlandish, oversized bobby dazzlers round the necks of the rich and famous that we’ve come to love guffawing at as they are flashed to the cameras. And as we vaulted into the 2011 awards season with the Golden Globes, it was clear that we should stop sitting by the phone. Big bling isn’t coming home any time soon.

But just because we needed a telescopic lens to pick out the jewellery choices of most red carpet starlets doesn’t mean they are skimping on luxury; it just means they are getting sneaky about it. Stylists to the stars might be dishing out warnings that flaunting success through jewellery won’t help popularity rankings in a recession but stars will always gravitate towards glamour.

So it is to the classic diamond stud that natives of the red carpet have turned. Necklines still remained almost unanimously bare at the Golden Globes, but diamond stud earrings were seen on some of the chicest of lobes. And while the ear baubles might be less in size, the luxury factor is certainly more, with stars opting for maximum carat in a demure, classic setting.

Halle Berry managed to pack more than 3ct into her Harry Winston set, only to be outdone by fellow actress Eva Longoria who squeezed 5ct into her pair from Neil Lane. Other actresses on the red carpet to don diamond studs included Michelle Williams in an understated pair from Fred Leighton and Natalie Portman who looked elegant in Tiffany.

But when it comes to hidden luxury, the award most certainly had to go to go to Scottish actress, and face of Italian jewellery brand Pomellato, Tilda Swinton. She selected a Jil Sander dress with a white shirt top that completely covered a Fred Leighton diamond necklace, weighing in at a massive 100cts.

For understated glamour nothing beats a pair of diamond studs, be they lower quality stones teamed with silver or top quality rocks swathed in platinum. As the fashion pack swap statement for subtle, be sure to have a range of demure diamond studs in your product range. Diamonds are forever, but diamond studs are very right now.


This article was taken from the February 2011 issue of Professional Jeweller magazine. See the whole edition by clicking here.



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