Last night the 92nd Academy Awards took place, and while it is a big night for the stars nominated, its also a big night for jewellery as well.
Here, Professional Jeweller highlights the top jewellery highlights from the 2020 Oscars…
Diamond necklaces take centre stage
While statement earrings of course featured on many stars, the order of the day at this year’s Oscars was without a doubt statement diamond necklaces. From bold diamond chokers, to pieces partnered with one stand-out gemstone, to real timeless and classic designs, the night’s stars opted to go bigger and bolder on the neckwear front, with many wearing pieces that stood out against sweetheart necklines and off the shoulder dresses. Highlights include Idina Menzel’s cascading diamond necklace, featuring 60.30cts, by Harry Winston, Charlize Theron’s 20-plus carat marquis-cut diamond necklace from Tiffany & Co, and Florence Pugh’s wore a diamond wrap choker necklace with a teardrop gemstone from Louis Vuitton’s high jewellery ‘Riders of the Knight’ collection.
Sustainable jewels shines
Many of the stars walking the red carpet last night wore sustainable jewellery pieces. Oscar nominee, Scarlett Johansson, wore $2.5m word of Forvermark diamond pieces, including earrings, which for part of a one-of-a-kind collaboration with designer Anita Ko. Elsewhere, Atelier Swarovski adorned men and women alike, including Olivia Coleman and Antonio Banderas, with bespoke conscious luxury designs, while brand ambassador Penelope Cruz used the event to debut her new emerald cut lab-grown diamond ring created in collaborated with the jewellery house. British lab-grown diamond brand, Lark & Berry, also dressed several stars.
Men continue to up their red carpet jewellery game
2020 has seen an increase in men adding jewels to their suits, with many wearing a variety of pieces from subtle cufflinks and bracelets, to statement brooches and cufflinks. At the Oscars presenter, Mark Ruffalo, wore diamond cufflinks by Harry Winston, while Keanu Reeves wore a Cartier Tradition dress set, 1956, in 14ct yellow gold and platinum with onyx and diamonds. On the brooches front, which was one of the biggest trends of the night for gents, Timothée Chalamet wore a Cartier Tradition brooch, 1955, crafted with rubies and diamonds, Elton John places a bespoke diamond and sapphire rocket brooch by Theo Fennell on his purple suit, and Taika Waititi showcased a lingerie pin with diamonds and a grey Tahitian pearl by jewelry designer, Nikos Koulis.
Lark & Berry partnered with Diamond Foundry to create a collection for the night
London-based Lark & Berry partnered with the Leonardo DiCaprio-backed diamond growing company, Diamond Foundry, to create a collection for the Academy Awards. The hero piece was a 64.5ct necklace set with 500 diamonds, which was worn by singer and actor, Billy Porter, during the opening ceremony, whilst the collaboration also included a set of long earrings, stud options of a similar design and a striking collar necklace – all crafted in 18ct white gold. Pieces feature trillion and baguettes stones in delicate sizes, all partnered together to create the ultimate impact.
Oceans 8 actress wore a replica of the necklace at the heart of the film
Mindy Kaling went to the Oscars wearing a necklace that was ‘identical’ to the piece featured at the heart of Ocean’s 8. The actress wore diamonds from Chopard and explained the jewellery had been inspired by the 2018 heist movie, which she starred in. According to Kaling, the jewellers sent a security guard to the ceremony to watch over the piece – which featured 78.46-carats of marquise-cut diamonds and 46.33-carats of round-shaped diamonds crafted in white gold.
IMAGE CREDIT: Photo provided by Harry Winston