Oscar Trends of Note

March 2, 2005

Oscar Trends of Note

White diamonds and colored gemstones flashed on the red carpet at the Academy Awards this year. Colorful jewelry got a real plug at last, including many colored diamonds and a variety of gemstones. Kate Bosworth wore gorgeous coral drop earrings from Erica Courtney, while Salma Hayek was regal in blue sapphire drop earrings. Laura Linney wore a stand-out Cathy Waterman pearl necklace, which was doubled and tied with diamond paisleys dangling at the ends. Penelope Cruz wore a yellow diamond suite by Chopard and Halle Berry dressed up in brown diamond briolette earrings by Lorraine Schwartz.

White diamonds made a splash too, looking especially fresh in hair ornaments, linear drop earrings, brooches and wonderful bracelets. There were many bare necks, and when diamonds were used in necklaces, they often looked too big and over-the-top. The exceptions were Y-neckaces and lariats, which looked more contemporary. Smaller or delicate diamond earrings also worked well on a few stars, such as Oscar winner Hilary Swank and Scarlett Johansson.

Vintage looks got their day in the sun. Diamond floral broaches from the 19th century were stitched onto a ribbon designed by Fred Leighton and worn in Johansson's hair. Also evoking a bygone era was Helen Mirren, who wore an Edwardian diamond necklace and bracelet. Natalie Portman graced her goddess gown with a 19th century headband from Fred Leighton. Kate Winslet wore matching diamond clips by Neil Lane on her gown and the look evoked the golden era of Hollywood.

Young actress Emmy Rossum ornamented her red gown with spectacular rubies and diamonds in a traditional necklace and earrings set by Harry Winston that unfortunately looked too old for her. Best supporting actress winner Cate Blanchett wore a large Lorraine Schwartz brooch in pastel gemstones.

Many more men were bedecked as well, boding well for the growing interest in men's jewelry. Best supporting actor winner Morgan Freeman wore yellow diamond hoop earrings, while Jamie Foxx accepted his Oscar wearing jewelry by popular African American designer Chris Aire, including a black and white diamond Aire Traveler watch, platinum cufflinks and a diamond ring set in platinum and red gold. Diamonds earrings were common on many men.

by Peggy Jo Donahue

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