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The Jewelry Insider

February 24, 2012


With the 84th Academy Awards a mere days away, it’s time – once again – to put the champagne on ice and dish out some juicy Oscar jewelry predictions. You know you love ’em.

But first, a quick reminder that this Sunday at 6pm EST all the jewelry-loving tweeps will be using the #oscarjewelry hashtag to Live Tweet all the red carpet shenanigans.


We may not have a Glam Cam – but we’ve got fangs sharper than a diamond shard when it comes to arm-chair quarterbacking the fashion choices of the A list. AND we play drinking games. Me-OW!

Prediction #1 – Wonder Woman Cuffs

I just participated in a Style Counsel piece for InDesign Mag where we ‘trend spotter’ types all touted the arrival of the double cuff on the red carpet. Sofia Vergara, Elle McPherson, Kate Beckinsale and Nicole Ritchie all sported the look during Awards Season this year, and the trend is likely to continue on Sunday night.

Why wear one gazillion-dollar piece of arm candy, when you can have two?

Prediction #2 – Neckwear No-Show


One would think the ‘case of the missing necklace’ would be solved now that Lindsay Lohan is the ‘home stretch’ of her community service – BUT – the little devils just aren’t coming out to play at all on the red carpet lately.

Gone are the bib necklaces of Awards Shows past (like this stunner on Amy Adams in 2008). We’re not even getting a decent-sized diamond Y-neck!


While I may be off here, I’m thinking the statement earring trend is where the big boys are going to play again this year – and with designer Lorraine Schwartz dominating the red carpet, I’m sure the celebs have been doing their ear lobe exercises all week.

Prediction #3 – Blue Sapphires


Emerald jewelry has become the gemstone of choice when it comes to adding a splash of color to a red carpet look – from Angelina Jolie’s emerald earrings in 2009 to Reese Witherspoon last year.


BUT – the 2012 runways have been swimming in a sea of blue hues (Chanel Couture, Anna Sui, Oscar de la Renta and more), and I think the jewelry world may just follow suit. Just a hunch.

Prediction #4 – Golden Gowns


While shiny dresses may be an ‘easy way out’ when it comes to making a statement on the red carpet (Taylor Swift, anyone?) metallics are – indeed – trending, with Badgley Mischka, Naeem Kahn, Marchesa and many more featuring them in their Fall 2012 RTW shows.

The vintage sequined look of the Great Gatsby-era is also big right now – and so are those long, head-to-toe sequined looks that belong to the Alexis Carrington/Dynasty days of the 80s.


So, ladies. When in doubt? Wear a big shiny dress to the Oscars. At least you’ll make the Joan Rivers “Best List”.

Prediction #5 – Angelina Jolie and Michelle Williams Will Wear Studs


I’ve given up hope that Angelina will bring us another Lorraine Schwartz jewelry juggernaut like the emeralds of yesteryear. Every time I think: “THIS is going to be the event where she graces us with something other than studs, hoops or ‘just Brad’ in the accessory department,” well..I wind up as disappointed as a tree-hugger at a logger convention.


Coming in a close second on the list of “Can’t Seem to Top Her Own Fabulosity”? Michelle Williams.

I LOVED her 2006 Tangerine Dream of an Oscar dress and her 19th Century vintage diamond necklace from Fred Leighton was the perfect complement. But these days? I haven’t seen her sparkle in anything other than barely-there studs and an eye twinkle. Zzzzzz……


C’mon A-listers! It’s the Oscars. I want to wear a bib to catch the drool this year. I want my jaw to hit the floor so hard I have to put in carpet to cover the cracks. I want Kelly Osbourne’s hair color to return to something resembling… ‘human’.


But I digress…

With Jennifer Lopez, Halle Berry, Natalie Portman, Penelope Cruz, and Emma Stone all presenting, I’m sure there will be plenty of jewelry conniption fits to complement my champagne.


What are your thoughts about the Oscar line-up this year? Agree, disagree with my predictions? Weigh in…

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