The Jewelry Insider

February 22, 2012


It’s Oscar Week, and to get the jewelry juices flowing I’ve collected what I (humbly) think are some of the best Oscar jewelry moments for your gawking pleasure.

As with any list, I’m sure I’ve missed many of your favorites – so be sure to weigh in with your rants and raves. And no – Bjork’s “egg” didn’t make the cut.


So…without further ado…

#10 Beyonce


Beyonce was the belle of the ball at the 2005 Oscars in these huge diamond danglers – a trend I think we’ll see again on the carpet this year.

#9 Hilary Swank


I really loved the delicacy of Hilary Swank’s diamond necklace at the 2000 Oscars – a $250,000 Asprey & Garrard stunner.  This year’s Golden Globes copied the sentiment with a bevy of beauties sporting delicate neckwear in lacey silhouettes.

#8 Cher


Any Oscar Top Ten List has to include Cher, right? I’m going with her black Bob Mackie shoulder duster look from 1986 – but there are oh so many others to choose from. Where’s the Oscar nod for Burlesque, people?

#7 Nicole Kidman


2011 nominee, Nicole Kidman, has many Oscar triumphs, but I’m going with these yellow gold Indian dream catcher earrings that she paired with that history-making absynthe green Dior dress from 1995. Tom who?

#6 Amy Adams


2009 was a bang-up year for Oscar jewelry, and Amy Adams ‘almost’ won the night with this gemstone bib necklace from Fred Leighton (see #2 for the night’s big jewelry winner).

#5 Michelle Williams


This 19th century diamond necklace from Fred Leighton was the perfect complement to one of my all-time favorite Oscar gowns – the tangerine dream from Vera Wang on Michelle Williams back in 2006. I can’t WAIT to see what she’ll be wearing this year!

#4 Gwenyth Paltrow


Before she was prancing around with muppets in pink feather dusters, Gwennie made Oscar fashion history in that pale pink Ralph Lauren piece of perfection and a gorgeous 40-carat, $160,000 diamond necklace – given to her by her parents. And the world’s G-Pal love/hate relationship was born…

#3 Keira Knightley


Talk about making a statement. This vintage Bulgari collar necklace on Keira Knightley spawned an entire look-alike industry back in 2006. And with good reason, right?

#2 Angelina Jolie


Yeah. Of course. Those emeralds. I couldn’t come up with enough adjectives back in 2009to describe them. They still make my salivary glands go into overdrive.

#1 Elizabeth Taylor


What would we jewelry hounds do without Dame Liz? No one has been able to top her 1970 Oscar jewelry jaw-dropper from Cartier – a 69-carat teardrop rock aptly named the Taylor-Burton diamond that perfectly complemented her dress(!) – an Edith Head creation designed to match her friggin eyes!

Big, deep breath….


Said Ms. Taylor about her little bauble,

“Originally, I wore the diamond as a ring, but even for me it was too big, so we had Cartier design a necklace. I’m still sick that I sold it some years later.”

So what will the beautiful people bring us this year? Will Rachel Zoe go bannanas with Anne Hathaway’s Oscar style? Will Nicole Kidman bring it or bore us?  Stay tuned…and check back later in the week for my Oscar jewelry predictions!

Leave A Comment

Add New Comment

Comments (10)

  1. Raven

    I absolutely loved Amy Adams’ necklace. The colors ar stunning and they fit her complexion oh so well. For me it’s number 1! 🙂

  2. PerfectDiamond

    The Joseph Archduke diamond have been worn by some starlet on a red gown in the Oscars sometime ago. That diamond is bigger than the Liz Taylor-Burton diamond and it is also D-colorless and with Flawless clarity!

  3. RaymondLeeJwlrs

    Remember Sandra Bullock’s Neil Lane drop studs from 2010? They were sheer perfection with that simple silhouette and her classic screen siren hair. They were enormous and beautiful without being gaudy, but let’s be honest – The Oscars’ red carpet is not the place for subtlety…

Comments are closed.