The Jewelry Insider

February 25, 2009

Every year the world’s top jewelry houses compete to bedazzle Hollywood’s biggest stars for the Academy Awards.

Harry Winston used to have a diamond monopoly on the proceedings, but jewelers like Neil Lane, Lorraine Schwartz, and Chopard have become top contenders in recent years.

And while the competition was fierce this year, the fashion critics agree it was vintage jeweler, Fred Leighton, who made the loudest jewelry statement on the Oscar red carpet for 2009.

Aside from Angelina Jolie’s emerald jewels (by Lorraine Schwartz) it was Amy Adams’ vintage bib necklace that created the biggest stir in jewelry circles. Her diamond and gemstone statement piece from Leighton featured 39 carats of diamonds and 630 carats of sapphires, emeralds and rubies.

Coming in a close second was Best Supporting Actress nominee, Taraji P. Henson, who wore a Fred Leighton diamond flower statement necklace from the 19th century. And Mamma Mia star, Amada Seyfried, dazzled the crowd with a similar vintage look from the Fred Leighton treasure chest.

The famous jewelry house has a history of dressing the world’s biggest stars and is a go-to favorite of Sex And The City darling, Sarah Jessica Parker. Aside from wearing a Fred Leighton gold and diamond bracelet to the Oscars this year, Parker chose Fred Leighton jewels to accompany her much buzzed about bird hair clip in her wedding scene to one Mr. Big.

While there are many designers who’ve made it big at the Oscars in year’s past, it’s clear 2009’s Mr. Big comes in the guise of a vintage jewelry house. Fred Leighton may not pull up to your front door in a limo with a dozen roses, but he definitely knows how to make an entrance.

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