January 31, 2003
Oscars to Feature Diamonds this Year
The Academy Awards' 75th anniversary will be referred to as its "diamond jubilee" by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, says Sally Morrison, director of the Diamond Information Center. Morrison says the ceremony will celebrate diamonds in the movies, and predicts diamonds will play a prominent role throughout the evening.
"This might be the year for jewelers to create a 'Red Carpet Showcase' to create excitement before the Oscars," says Morrison. "Jewelers could curate their own selection of diamond jewelry that's on trend." She says chandelier earrings, cuff bracelets, long tassels of diamonds (perhaps coordinated with a diamond choker), and huge right-hand rings will be popular on the red carpet this year. Jewelers could mount photographs of the stars, gleaned from popular magazines such as In Style to add to their displays.
Morrison says diamond choices this year will be helped along by New York City's Fashion Week, which will be in full swing by the day Oscar nominations are announced, Feb. 11. "We know already that many of the fashion shows will be featuring major diamond jewelry this year," says Morrison. Many Oscar attendees will be at the shows, seeing the jewels, just as they get the news on who's nominated, she says. "There will be so much diamond jewelry at the fashion shows that it will be quite clear that the minimalist moment in fashion is over and jewelry is back," says Morrison. "Since actresses look to the fashion shows for guidance on what to wear to awards shows, this should make it a super diamond-intensive red-carpet season."
In fact, Morrison thinks some may be tempted to select a signature piece of diamond jewelry and coordinate a dress to accompany it. She also says that in honor of the diamond jubilee of the Oscars, actresses might wear their own jewels or a piece they've worn before, such as the diamond necklace Gwyneth Paltrow wore the night she won the best-actress award. After the ceremony, her father purchased it for her from Harry Winston.
by Peggy Jo Donahue