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The Jewelry Insider

February 24, 2009

 

 

 

 

 

Let’s face it. We’re all still drooling over Angelina Jolie’s jaw-dropping emerald earrings. Am I right?

We’re all wondering how much they cost – and most importantly – how on earth can we afford a pair of our own?

While I am still researching the Lorraine Schwartz price for those jewelry hounds who are gluttons for punishment – I have great news for folks who want to get the same Angelina emeralds for a fraction of the price!

The new Jewelry.com has a brand new feature called, Celebrity Style, where they focus on important celebrity looks you can get for a lot, lot less. Angelina’s emeralds, Kate’s diamonds, Heidi’s earrings and more are featured in the freshly posted Oscar feature.

Check it out here!

The Jewelry Insider

February 23, 2009


Aside from the much-anticipated Angelina Jolie / Jennifer Aniston showdown, jewelry fashion was the talk of the town leading up to last night’s Oscar telecast. Diamonds? Gemstones? Gold? Would the stars bring out the bling, or would the economy force the A-list to keep the diamonds on the down-low?

Well, thank the jewelry gods above that the stars ignored the gloom and doom-ers and positively lit up the red carpet with jewels – from giant statement looks to tasteful, show-stopping diamond glamour.

The Statement Makers included a fiery Amy Adams in red Carolina Herrera and a lobster bib-sized Fred Leighton gemstone statement necklace from the 1950s, a sparkling Taraji P. Henson in Roberto Cavalli and a vintage diamond flower necklace – also from Fred Leighton, and Heidi Klum who rocked a Roland Mouret red dress with $900,000 worth of Lorraine Schwartz diamond jewels. And, of course, my winner of the night, Angelina Jolie, in Lorraine Schwartz emeralds, who reminded me how much fun it is to gasp aloud at the televsion.

 

 

 

 

Light colors with tasteful diamond looks also made a frequent appearance last night. Oscar-winner and Woody Allen muse, Penelope Cruz, looked stunning in vintage Balmain and a 69-carat cushion cut diamond necklace, a 21-carat starburst yellow diamond ring, and 11-carat diamond stud earrings – all from Chopard. That’s $3 million in diamonds in case you were wondering. Odios Mio!

And Anne Hathaway surprised us all with her musical-theater skills and her impeccable fashion sense as she glowed in Armani Prive and Cartier. I take back every evil pants-suited remark I made, Anne, after boo-hooing my way through that Shirley MacLain tribute to you.

Also on the light side of fashion was Marisa Tomei in Versace and vintage jewels from Van Cleef & Arpels that included a 1941 diamond and sapphire bracelet, a 1960 diamond ring, and 1973 lapis and diamond earrings.

 


Color couture
added a much needed rainbow effect as Natalie Portman was the prettiest in pink Rodarte and rocky diamonds studs, Freida Pinto stunned in purple Galiano and gemstone drop earrings, and Alica Keys shimmered in a lilac Armani Prive frock with jaw-dropping diamond-leaf earrings.
And what is a red carpet without our Metallic Mavens? Viola Davis won the category in my book with a shimmering Reem Acra gold gown and a series of icey diamond bangles. Tina Fey, whose schtick with Steve Martin made me fall in love with her all over again, wore the most stunning silvery Zac Posen number I’ve ever seen on her. And Jennifer Aniston finally gave up the black (and the pants suit) for a bejeweled Valentino number with minimal bling.

And much like Hugh Jackman’s bizarre interpretive Reader dance and the weird attempt to make a Wall-e/Jai-Ho mash up (Peter Gabriel was SO right to opt out of that one), there were some missteps worthy of mention.

Melissa Leo’s mismatched jewels did nothing to help her unfortunate gown choice, Beyonce totally misfired with this gaudy gold and black number from her mother’s line, and the ‘age appropriate’ police needed to arrest both Miley Cyrus and Sophia Loren. Not a good choice there, ladies.

And I’m going to get flack for this, but I thought both Kate Winslet and Meryl Streep could have chosen better this year. And Sarah Jessica Parker was just a bit too Glinda the Good Witch for me. There. I said it.

But all in all, the Oscars gave this jewelry hound a glittering night to remember full of worthy winners, fashion marvels and jewels, jewels, jewels. Weigh in with your own musings, jewelry lovers!

And stay tuned for my Oscar After Party jewelry remix with Halle “can your husband be any more gorgeous?” Berry, Madonna, Mickey Rourke’s Loki choker and more…

The Jewelry Insider

February 19, 2009


With Fashion Week frenzy slowing moving into Oscar buzz, there has been much talk about how the economy is affecting jewelry choices on both the runway and the red carpet. Will the Oscars feature lots of bling this Sunday, or will folks leave their diamonds at home?

There are two schools of thought coming from Fashion Week designers and celebrity stylists. One, is to take it down a notch. Basic black littered the runways with jewelry looks relegated to one signature piece. I was stunned to see the elegance of Oscar de la Renta’s line feature more little black dresses instead of his usual floor length gowns. Donna Karan and Reem Acra also featured muted shades with a statement necklace to add sparkle.

 

 

 

 

But others insist the fashion world is the perfect escape mechanism. In other words? Bring on the bling.

“Would you really want to tune in (to the Oscars) and see a bunch of women walking down the red carpet in black pantsuits?” Hal Rubenstein, fashion director of InStyle magazine, told the Los Angeles Times.

“It’s a recession, not an apocalypse.”

Indeed!

While there may not be a need this year for Stuart Weitzman’s $1 million diamond shoes, I think people still want to see gasp-worthy gowns and jewels that make our wallets go into cardiac arrest – even though the experts are predicting a return to basics.

“No one wants to be inappropriate in a time when people are struggling,” The Diamond Information Center’s Sally Morrison told the LA Times.

“The trend is fairly big, but fairly simple. Classic styles with sizzle that any woman can wear.”

All I know is if Angelina or Kate shows up in a pants suit with a tasteful pair of diamond studs, I’m going to throw my TV out the window.

What do you guys think? Should the stars ice it up for the Oscars or keep it cool? Weigh in!

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.