The 54th Annual Grammy Awards
Jewelry Makes Some Noise on Music’s Big Night
The Grammy Awards always bring a variety of fashion styles to the red carpet, and the 54th annual edition, held this year on Feb. 12 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, was no exception. There were the über-feminine, the glamorous, the edgy and the outrageous, and jewelry—particularly yellow gold, statement earrings, cocktail rings and colored stones—played an integral role in creating each look.

Here’s a rundown of what the entertainment-industry elite wore to recognize the year’s outstanding achievements in music:

HEAVY METAL
Yellow gold jewelry and metallic accessories were a force to be reckoned with at the Grammy Awards this year, especially when paired with black evening wear.

Fergie, Best Rap Song and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration winner for “All of the Lights,” made a splash in a tangerine-colored, lace Jean Paul Gaultier couture gown with show-through black bra and briefs, which she accessorized with a hammered yellow gold cuff, yellow gold hoop earrings and yellow gold and diamond “Gladiator” rings by Neil Lane.

Rihanna, also a winner for Best Rap Song and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for “All of the Lights,” helped design her black Giorgio Armani gown with down-to-there V-neck and up-to-there slit. She embraced the more-is-more look with a Jacquie Aiche body chain, a gold clutch and Neil Lane’s yellow gold and diamond triangle earrings, yellow gold and diamond snake armlet, yellow gold cuff and yellow gold and diamond rings.

E! News host Giuliana Rancic wore a black, satin Georges Chakra Couture cocktail dress cinched with one of the night’s big fashion trends—a metal belt—along with a gold clutch, 18-karat yellow gold “Copernicus” earrings with Noble Gold and diamonds by H. Stern and a yellow gold “Nile Nymph Pyramid” ring by Isharya.

In a similar vein, R&B singer-songwriter Alicia Keys donned a black, sleeveless Alexandre Vauthier couture dress with a voluminous yellow gold necklace that resembled a shiny breastplate.

Nominee Shawna Thompson, meanwhile, of the country duo Thompson Square, chose a black, sleeveless gown with gold detailing on the bodice and hips, plus 18-karat yellow gold “Champagne Bubbles” earrings featuring rough diamonds by Diamond in the Rough, a yellow gold lacelike “Metal Icon XL” cuff by Isharya and an 18-karat yellow gold and diamond “Paisley” ring by Carrera y Carrera.

ROCK STARS
Like Thompson, several celebrities made diamond jewelry their accessory of choice on the red carpet, coupling cluster, drop and chandelier earring styles and eye-popping cocktail rings with equally elegant attire.

The night’s big winner, Adele, who won six Grammy Awards, including Record of the Year, Album of the Year and Song of the Year, sparkled in a boat-neck, three-quarter-length sleeve Giorgio Armani gown dotted with black sequins. De Beers’ platinum “Milla” earrings, featuring 74 marquise-shaped, pear-shaped and round brilliant-cut diamonds, and a platinum and 12.4-carat diamond ring by Harry Winston added to her ensemble’s Old Hollywood appeal.

Pop artist Katy Perry, perhaps in a nod to her nominated Record of the Year, “Firework,” matched her neon blue hairdo with a sky blue Elie Saab Couture gown with flowing train and sequin overlay. Norman Silverman provided the sparklers with platinum and Asscher-cut diamond drop earrings totaling 31.48 carats and a platinum and Asscher-cut diamond bracelet totaling 33.68 carats.

Country singer and nominee Carrie Underwood, also decked out in sequins, chose a long-sleeve, open-back Gomez-Gracia gown, highlighted with one-of-a-kind, 18-karat white gold drop earrings showcasing more than four carats of brilliant-cut diamonds by Johnathon Arndt Jewels.

Pop singer and nominee Kelly Clarkson, in Diamond in the Rough, embellished her black and sparkly silver gown with the designer’s “Iceberg” pendant necklace, which showcases an octahedron-shaped rough diamond surfacing from a sea of pavé-set diamonds, and the “Orielle” ring, which wraps a rough diamond with two ribbons of micro-pavé-set diamonds that intersect at the diamond’s face.

Jennifer Hudson, who performed a moving musical tribute to the late Whitney Houston, offset her black gown with platinum and diamond chandelier earrings, two platinum and diamond cuffs, and a platinum, diamond and pearl ring by Neil Lane.

HIP POP
For a refreshing change, colored-stone jewelry had its share of the spotlight this year, with statement pieces in trendy styles and vibrant hues.

Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum celebrated the band’s win for Best Country Album in a strapless, purple Monique Lhuillier gown with elegant draping and a thigh-high slit. She completed her look with Sutra’s geometrically shaped drop earrings in 18-karat blackened gold, pink sapphires, pink quartz and diamonds.

Taylor Swift, recipient of the Grammy Awards for Best Country Solo Performance and Best Country Song, dressed fittingly for the occasion in a stunning silk Zuhair Murad gown with high neckline, cap sleeves, cutout back, flowing train and intricately embroidered gold overlay. Yellow gold, citrine and diamond drop earrings and yellow gold and diamond evening rings by Neil Lane heightened the gilded theme.

Also in Zuhair Murad, actress Kate Beckinsale sported an ivory dress with toga-like draping that was fixed at one shoulder with a long black bow. A curly updo and sizeable Sutra earrings in 18-karat blackened gold, black agate and diamonds enhanced the star’s youthful vibe.

Country music artist and nominee Deana Carter brought a burst of color to the red carpet in a bright-green halter-style gown and Daniel Gibbings’ 20-karat yellow gold teardrop earrings with zultanite and ruby accent stones and a 20-karat yellow gold ring crowned by a zultanite cabochon with cat’s eye effect and accented with pavé-set pink sapphires.
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