The 84th Annual Academy Awards
Jewelry Adds a Touch of Elegance to Oscar Fashion
The 2012 Hollywood awards season culminated on Feb. 26 with the 84th Annual Academy Awards, and while we saw a few fashion trends emerge over the past several weeks—particularly white as the new de rigueur on the red carpet—the jewelry styles remained relatively consistent. The drop earrings, cuffs and cocktail rings were more understated this year, however, offering just enough brilliance to enhance each celebrity’s unique style.

White Hot
Gwyneth Paltrow, Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) and Shailene Woodley (The Descendants) were among the many ladies who opted for white gowns with arresting structure and minimal accoutrement.

Paltrow stunned in one of the more standout looks of the evening—a white column gown with floor-length cape by Tom Ford—set off with a singular, albeit substantial, Anna Hu Haute Joaillerie diamond cuff and ring. The cuff, named “Hearts of Winter,” is a one-of-a-kind design composed of 2,368 rose-cut and round-brilliant diamonds, while the  “Duchess of Hibiscus” ring contains two hoops joined side by side so it can be worn either on two adjacent fingers, or pressed together to be worn on one.

Mara also gave a striking silhouette in a white, sleeveless Givenchy Couture gown with deep neckline and flowing train. Blunt jet-black bangs, red lips and a small, Fred Leighton platinum and diamond ring with a miniature portrait, circa 1910, heightened the drama.

Following the long-sleeve trend seen at the 2012 Golden Globe Awards, Woodley donned a white, sophisticated Valentino Couture gown. The actress completed her look with platinum and diamond wire drop earrings by Harry Winston.

Scarlet Fever
In complete contrast, several starlets looked valentine-sweet in rosy-red gowns with romantic details and ladylike jewelry.

Michelle Williams (My Week With Marilyn) chose a strapless, burnt-orange Louis Vuitton gown with ruffled peplum, accenting it gracefully with a 30-carat brilliant-cut diamond line necklace in silver on gold by Fred Leighton for Forevermark and the designer’s dainty diamond-bow brooch at the waist.

Emma Stone (The Help), channeling Nicole Kidman’s iconic 2007 Oscar look, wore a crimson Giambattista Valli gown with dramatic bow detail at the neck, plus Louis Vuitton drop earrings and chunky chain-link bracelet.

Meanwhile, Natalie Portman, last year’s Best Actress winner, looked lovely in a red, vintage Christian Dior gown with polka-dot detailing, emphasizing its strapless neckline with a platinum and diamond V-shaped cluster necklace and platinum and diamond drop earrings by Harry Winston.

Twinkle, Twinkle
Like Williams, Angelina Jolie and Missi Pyle (The Artist) added a touch of glitz to their gowns with jeweled pins.

Jolie, every bit the bombshell in a strapless, black-velvet Atelier Versace gown with thigh-high slit, decorated the back of her waist with a pair of platinum and diamond pins by Neil Lane. She topped off the look with a platinum and 15-carat cushion-cut diamond ring and platinum and cushion-cut diamond drop earrings, also by Lane.

Pyle also adorned the waist of her gown, an off-the-one-shoulder, seafoam-green creation by Valentina Delfino. The gown, made from entirely sustainable fabrics, was the designer’s winning submission in the Red Carpet Green Dress competition, which aims to promote eco-friendly elegance. Pyle also wore platinum and pear-shaped diamond chandelier earrings, a platinum and five-row diamond ring and a platinum and fancy-shaped diamond necklace featuring more than 80 stones, all by Chopard.

Some celebrities, including Maya Rudolph (Bridesmaids), Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids), Sherri Shepherd and Sandra Bullock, took the look even further, wearing gowns with sizeable embellished appliqués at the waist, shoulders and neckline, giving the appearance of evening wear with jewelry built in.

Also interesting to note, both Cameron Diaz and Penelope Cruz, in Tiffany & Co. and Chopard, respectively, joined Williams, Portman and Pyle in the choker/collar necklace trend, perhaps ushering in a return to the shorter-length look.

Razzle Dazzle
It wouldn’t be Oscar night without a show of sparkle, and Jennifer Lopez illustrated the look with aplomb. Wearing her signature plunging neckline, Lopez’s silvery Zuhair Murad gown with stripe effect accentuated her curves and coordinated beautifully with Lorraine Schwartz platinum and diamond drop earrings and rings.

Choosing a similar color scheme, Octavia Spencer, Best Supporting Actress winner for The Help, wore a crystal-embellished Tadashi Shoji gown and Neil Lane platinum and diamond briolette chandelier earrings and cocktail ring.

At the opposite end of the color spectrum, Rose Byrne (Bridesmaids) shimmered in a slinky Vivienne Westwood gown of midnight-blue sequins, ramping up the wow factor with Chanel’s “Lueur d’un Soir” shoulder-grazing earrings in white gold, black and white diamonds and pearls, “Cascade de Diamants” cuff in white gold and black and white diamonds, and “Nuage de Glace” ring in white gold, black and white diamonds and pearls.

Midas Touch
Metallic fabrics, gold jewelry and yellow diamonds added their own dash of glitter to the red carpet.

George Clooney’s date, Stacy Kiebler, looked like a golden statue in an off-the-one-shoulder Marchesa gown that swirled into a rose motif at the hip. Lorraine Schwartz drop earrings in yellow gold and diamonds completed the look.

Best Actress winner Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady) dressed the part in a gold Lanvin gown with woven gold belt and 19th-century Etruscan Revival gold pendant earrings and diamond cluster ring by Fred Leighton.

In a similar vein, Jessica Chastain (The Help) wore a strapless, black Alexander McQueen gown with intricately embroidered gold overlay, highlighted with $2 million of Harry Winston yellow-diamond jewelry, including yellow-diamond drop earrings totaling 13.6 carats, an 11.41-carat yellow-diamond radiant solitaire ring and two 18-karat yellow gold and yellow-diamond bracelets.
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