Emmy Jewelry Dresses Down

November 5, 2001

Emmy Jewelry Dresses Down

Normally used for prime product placement by fashion designers and jewelry heavyweights, this year's Emmy Awards – postponed twice in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks – had a pared-down airing Nov. 4. Even in its more subdued incarnation, a few clear jewelry trends emerged – tasteful displays of diamonds set in white metals on the women, and flag pins on men's lapels.

Small diamond drop earrings were the most popular accessory, seen on Allison Janney (winner of Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama for "The West Wing"), Debra Messing, Kim Cattrall and Mary Tyler Moore – who also wore a diamond pavé dragonfly pin by Fred Leighton, from her own collection. Most necks were bare, while the necklaces that were worn were spare. Host Ellen Degeneres accessorized her tailored tuxedo with a three-stone diamond pendant. Actress Amy Brenneman wore a similar piece. Edie Falco, winner of the Outstanding Actress in a Drama for "The Sopranos," wore a diamond lariat. Sally Field bucked the diamond trend with a dainty necklace of colored gemstone briolettes.

Many men's lapels were adorned with red-white-and-blue memory ribbons and often paired with flag pins, as on the lapel of Peter MacNicol (winner of Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for "Ally McBeal"). Eric MacCormack (winner of Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series for "Will & Grace") paired his American flag pin with the maple-leaf flag pin of his native Canada.

- by Liz Smutko

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