3 Perfect Ways to Style Jewellery At The Oscars

Posted on 25 February 2016Oscars Red Carpet Jewellery Hollywood Glamour Fred Leighton Bulgari Neil Lane Tiffany & Co Forevermark Van Cleef and Arpels

With the up and coming 88th Academy Awards happening this weekend it would be remiss of me not to share with you some memorable jewellery moments from previous Oscar years. However, I am not going to do the traditional "Best Jewellery" or "Most Expensive Jewellery" of the Oscar's that have been well covered; I'm going to give you my top 3 ways to Style Jewellery at the Oscars based on outstanding styling from the past years.

Old Hollywood Glamour

For many reporting on the Oscar Red Carpet, it's all about the bling. How many carats and what it's worth seem to be the focus. For me, if we are talking Diamond set jewellery, it is about unique design and/or placement.

Jennifer Lawrence is someone who has really made her mark on the red carpet these past few years. In 2014 she wore a carved rock crystal Neil Lane necklace featuring 100 carats of diamonds elegantly placed along her collar line, then draped down her back. Priced at $2 million this stunningly designed piece, and the way it was placed, created added interest to complement her red Dior gown. Some critics jumped on the fact that it was the second year in a row she had been styled this way, but it worked!

For sheer vintage inspiration, you can't go past Karen O at the 2014 Oscars. Wearing a Neil Lane platinum and diamond Brooch as the centre piece to her Camilla Stærk gown; her wrist adorned in a Forevermark Diamond Tassel Bracelet pictured above; to die for. A special mention for that Rau Wolf clutch! Love.

And one of my favourite's for glamour and simplicity, as appeared in one of my earlier Blogs featuring "The Brooch", Michelle Williams at the 2012 Oscars wearing a 1920's inspired Louis Vuitton dress with a 19th century Fred Leighton bow Brooch placed on her waistline. Divine.

Colour on Black

It's a beautiful thing when stylists team a stunning black gown with a bright piece of jewellery; it allows the jewels to sing, or sometimes even scream for attention.

It's no shock to followers of my social pages that I love, love, love Emeralds, so of course I had to include the 2009 Oscar moment where Angelina Jolie accessorised her black Ellie Saab gown with a striking 115-carat Colombian Emerald Drop Earrings and matching 65-carat Ring. The Earrings alone sparked a massive following with many replicas carrying simulated stones still widely available and popular today.

Last year we saw our very own Cate Blanchett, who never disappoints in the fashion stakes, wearing a black John Galiano gown highlighted with an impressive Tiffany & Co Turquoise, Aquamarine and Diamond Necklace set in Platinum from the 2015 Tiffany Blue Book collection. Whilst Cate is well known for her stunning fashion-forward gowns, she really let the jewels take centre stage here.

Bringing the Old with the New

Possibly the most outstanding bib necklace to ever hit the carpet was the 1950s Fred Leighton Necklace worn by Amy Adams at the 2009 Awards. With an incredible 630 carats of emeralds, rubies, and sapphires (I know I said it wasn't going to be about the carats!) this piece was perfectly teamed with her red Carolina Herrera dress; picking up per piercing blue eyes. Hair, make-up, everything - perfection.

Another amazing and colourful vintage moment we go back to the 2006 Oscars where Keira Knightly wore a burgundy Vera Wang gown coupled with a Bulgari 18k yellow gold, Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald and Diamond Necklace, circa 1960s. Definitely a highlight of the evening.

For a perfect example of "old meets new", one of the Bracelets that Maggie Gyllenhaal wore to the 2010 Awards, was actually made up of a 1950s Sapphire Brooch repurposed to make this stunning contemporary Emerald Cabochon, Sapphire and Old Mine Diamond Honeycomb Bracelet. Inspirational designing and craftsmanship by Fred Leighton renown as the go to jeweller for Red Carpet events.

And for Added Inspiration : A Vintage Moment

In line with my obsession for 70s fashion, I came across an image of Jennifer O'Neill from the 1975 Oscars, that I absolutely love. I have been trying to research information on this; one source suggested the Bib Necklace is a Van Cleef and Arpels creation; however I have not been able to find anything more to confirm this. One thing is for sure, Jennifer looked like a goddess in a white Grecian inspired gown and stunning Bib Necklace that appears to be set with Diamonds and possibly a smoky Topaz. I would love to see someone track down this piece and create their own iconic Oscars moment.

If you know anything about the Jennifer O'Neill piece above, or would like to share your favourite styling moments from past Oscars, please add your comments below. Thanks for reading!

Image Credits
Angelina Jolie : Joe Seer /
Cate Blanchett : Jaguar PS /
Tiffany & Co Necklace : Tiffany & Co
Jennifer Lawrence : Helga Esteb /
Karen O : Featureflash /
Michelle Williams : Jaguar PS /
Amy Adams : Everett Collection /
Kiera Knightly : Featureflash /
Maggie Gyllenhaal : Featureflash /
Fred Leighton Emerald Bracelet : Fred Leighton

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