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The Jewelry Insider

February 11, 2009

GOOP guru and Oscar-winner Gwyneth Paltrow glittered in gold for the Entertainment Industry Fund’s “Unforgettable Evening” gala benefiting women’s cancer research last night. Her beaded gold necklace added just the right amount of sparkle to a stunning cream Balmain jacket over a Calvin Klein dress. And her ‘barely there’ make-up was the perfect complement. Bravo!

I’ve been cursing Miss Gywnnie for peer-pressuring me into trying those Tracey Anderson work-out DVDs (my calves have been burning for weeks!), but this ensemble puts her back in my good graces. Who needs to walk without limping?

Statement necklaces are holding steady as a red carpet trend, and gala performer, Beyonce, rocked a black-beaded interpretation for last night’s festivities. And her domed gemstone and black diamond earrings and cocktail ring gave her Jean-Paul Gaultier LBD a much-needed splash of color.

Also making a statement was Rita Wilson in a Lanvin crystal flower necklace with both a pearl strand and a gold chain. As did gal-pal Kate Capshaw, who livened up her basic black with the ubiquitous layered gold chain look (you can spot ‘em on every carpet).

Overall, it was a classy carpet showing for a very worthy charity. I could use some charitable vibes, actually, as I hobble my way through life from my permanent dance aerobics injuries.

Thanks, Paltrow. Thanks a lot.

The Jewelry Insider

January 12, 2009

All the fashion hounds are reporting a downturn in the dazzle department on the red carpet these days. The buzz goes something like: the troubled economy is keeping jewelry looks to a minimum, less is more will rule the day, blah blah blah. Either these folks are blind, or they simply didn’t watch the bling-filled shenanigans on the Golden Globes’ red carpet last night.

How could you miss Beyonce’s, diamond fringe Lorraine Schwartz shocker? Or Christina Applegate’s stunning vintage yellow diamond flower necklace – also from dame Schwartz. And I haven’t even begun to cover the wattage coming from Eva Mendez and Elizabeth Banks. I was sitting couch-side – gasping aloud.

Now, of course, there were those like a glowing Eva Longoria, who chose to keep things on the down low. Lots of tasteful studs with a “no necklace” choice made the red carpet rounds, including two-time winner Kate Winslet in 10-carat Chopard earrings, Anne Hathaway in Van Cleef & Arpels diamond and sapphire gems, and a gorgeous January Jones in barely there diamond studs also by Van Cleef. (She should trademark that dress color. Stunning.)

Purple princesses, Anna Paquin, Hayden Panitierre and (my favorite) Olivia Wilde, also kept the bling to a minimum.
But there were others, like Amy Adams, who brought out the big guns with green gemstone statement earrings and a rocky right hand ring – another Lorraine Schwartz win. Kate Beckinsale does no wrong in Fred Leighton earrings that must have weighed as much as her nine-year-old. And Slumdog Millionaire star, Freida Pinto, offered dangling gold and diamond statement earrings to complement her mustard-colored frock.

Another red carpet trend emerged on the wrist. Lots of statement makers here, including Bochic gold and turquoise snake bracelets on a resurfacing Sandra Bullock, stunning diamond and gold cuffs on Freida Pinto and layered bangles in every incarnation from the likes of Debra Messing and Megan Fox.





The losers in my book aren’t shockingly bad, but rather fall into the ‘been there done that’ category. Angelina Jolie must have a closet full of that same dress. Cameron Diaz appeared in her traditional ‘colorful’ gown choice with bad roots and barely a jewel in sight. Marisa Tomei channeled Captain Jack with her Seinfeld-worthy pirate shirt and layered Neil Lane necklaces. And J-Lo? How many times are you going to work the plunging neckline dress? It’s gettin’ old, sister.





So you’ve got the good, the boringly bad and for the ugly? Please reference Rene Zellweger’s updo, Sting’s new brunette leprechaun decision and Ryan Seacrest’s desperate attempt to get Brangelina’s attention on the red carpet. Not a pretty picture.

The Jewelry Insider

December 3, 2008

Tonight, a longtime holiday tradition continues in New York’s Rockefeller Center with the 76th annual tree lighting ceremony. While New Yorkers like myself know better than to brave the crowds in midtown until well into next year, tourists and tree-lovers alike flock to the landmark to take part in the festivities every year.

Jewelry hounds will be happy to note that the glittering star on top of the 8-ton, 72-foot Norway spruce is a miracle in and of itself. The Swarovski sparkler weighs in at a whopping 550 pounds, is over 9 feet tall and is made of 25,000 glittering crystals. What a way to ‘bling’ in the holiday season!

Tony Bennett, Harry Connick, Jr., Jamie Foxx and Beyonce are among the entertainers scheduled to perform, and Britney Spears is expected to officially ‘light’ the 30,000 energy-efficient LED bulbs that sit on over 5 miles of wire.

Other important guests include a Pascagoula, Mississippi family whose new home was built in part with lumber from last year’s Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, an 84-foot-tall Norway spruce.

Light for the holiday season, and light at the end of the tunnel. A wonderful sentiment and a glittering way to mark the official start of the holiday season.

NBC will air the entire ceremony tonight at 8pm.

The Jewelry Insider

November 17, 2008

Diamond jewelry made a sparkling appearance at the finale of MTV’s TRL last night– from Hilary Duff’s gorgeous white and black diamond fan earrings to Nelly’s icey dog tags.

For those of you who have been able to successfully ignore the MTV phenomenon over the past ten years, TRL is short for “Total Request Live”, an American Bandstand-type show that helped artists promote their latest offerings and gave screaming fans a chance to burst their vocal chords.

Host Carson Daly (the MTV generation’s Dick Clark) welcomed back a dazzling list of performers, including a gorgeous Beyonce, a blinged out 50 Cent, Kid Rock, Christina Aguilera and my favorite boy band graduate, the cute-as-a-button, Justin Timberlake.

Another highlight was Blink 182’s Travis Barker, who appeared via satellite from Los Angeles in his first televised interview since surviving his Sept. 19 plane crash.

“Every day gets better. I feel better every day,” he told fans. “I’m already playing my drums again and am back in the studio. I’m thankful to be able to play.”

Former host and Nick Lachey main squeeze, Vanessa Manillo, appeared in glittering diamond star drop earrings but unfortunately wore a dress that Paris Hilton made famous on the David Letterman show a few weeks back. Ouch. New stylist, anyone?

But perhaps the night’s most talked about performance was a surprisingly tight showing by the only boy band still standing, The Backstreet Boys. Also surprising was how I found myself singing every word to their hit, “I Want It That Way”, while watching last night.

OK. Maybe it’s not that surprising…

While youngsters like singer, Taylor Swift, remember coming of age to this television classic, many musicians experienced career-changing experiences on the show.

Perhaps a resurfaced Eminem said it best when he phoned in and said, “I feel like they’re tearing down my home.”

Or as *NSYNC would say, “tearing up my heart”…

Good bye TRL! You will (admittedly) be missed…

The Jewelry Insider

September 8, 2008

There are diamond engagement rings, and there are diamond engagement rings. New bride, Beyonce Knowles flashed one blinder of a rock on the Fashion Rocksred carpet this weekend, and jewelry lovers everywhere dropped to their knees.

Weighing in at a mere 18 (yes, you heard it Cindy) carats, the Lorraine Schwartz ring is valued at $5 million and features a flawless, emerald cut diamond. Jay-Z does pretty well for himself, we hear.

The music biz’s royal couple secretly married in April, and the stalkerazzi has been waiting for the diamond to debut ever since. Timing is everything.

Beyonce also wowed the audience with her “Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing” duet with one Justin Timberlake during the show and appeared in full Etta James garb to pay homage to the chaunteuse, who was in the audience and who Beyonce portrays in her latest film, Cadillac Records.

To see both the bling and the sing, watch Fashion Rocks this Tuesday in a two-hour special on CBS. Proceeds benefit Stand Up To Cancer, a program established by the Entertainment Industry Foundation to raise money for cancer research.