The 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards
Colored stones, yellow and rose gold turn up the heat on toned-down fashion
Understated was the overall tone at the 2013 Primetime Emmy Awards, held at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on Sept. 22. Stars of the small screen opted for subtle styles with demure details such as lace, while the color palette of mainly neutral tones, red and blue carried over from award shows earlier in the year.

Diamond stud earrings suited the look for some, but the night truly belonged to color. Back in the spotlight after a hiatus at the Academy Awards, colored stones in a wide variety added the oomph to many an ensemble, particularly in two of the event’s top jewelry trends: massive cocktail rings and drop earrings. Yellow gold and rose gold also staked a significant claim in the red carpet alongside decadent platinum pieces.

Here are several of the occasion’s most outstanding fashion and jewelry statements:

Pantone’s Color of the Year—the lush Emerald green—along with two of the color authority’s top choices for fall—Mykonos blue and Samba red—were out in full force at the Emmy Awards this year, evident in form-fitting fashion and statement jewels featuring such gemstones as emeralds, sapphires and rubies.

Sofia Vergara, nominee for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for Modern Family, played America’s favorite bombshell in a custom vermilion gown with V-neck, trumpet skirt and lace detailing by Vera Wang. Equally as jaw-dropping: Lorraine Schwartz platinum jewelry valued at more than $7 million, including unheated ruby, sapphire and Colombian emerald earrings totaling more than 100 carats, a 40-carat Colombian emerald and rose-cut diamond ring, and a 21-carat Asscher-cut diamond ring.

Christina Hendricks, nominee for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for Mad Men, made black lace look anything but boring, as she played up her famous va-va-voom figure in a custom curve-hugging gown by Christian Siriano. Lorraine Schwartz jewelry, including Colombian emerald and diamond chandelier earrings, a Colombian emerald bangle, signature rose-cut champagne diamond bangles, diamond and jade bangles, and a 35-carat emerald and diamond ring, helped catapult the look to one of the night’s best.

Extra host Maria Menounos, meanwhile, nearly stole the show in a midnight blue mermaid gown by Zac Posen, accentuating her hourglass shape with Lorraine Schwartz jewelry valued at $2.5 million, including Colombian emerald stud earrings, a gorgeous Colombian emerald and diamond necklace, and a diamond cocktail ring.

Also in emeralds, Sarah Hyland (Modern Family) donned Colombian emerald drop earrings totaling 60 carats, a carved emerald, black jade and diamond bracelet, and a 10-carat emerald and rose-cut diamond ring by Lorraine Schwartz to complement her custom green silk gown with black Chantilly lace overlay by Carolina Herrera.

Heidi Klum, co-winner of Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program for Project Runway, was red hot in a Versace gown enveloped in pomegranate-colored sequins, along with Lorraine Schwartz jewelry valued at more than $1.8 million, including unheated ruby earrings totaling more than 15 carats and an 8-carat emerald-cut ruby and diamond ring.

Also in rubies, Fashion Police’s Kelly Osbourne matched the red carpet perfectly in a red silk chiffon gown with sequin- and crystal-embellished back by Jenny Packham and ruby drop earrings and a diamond ring by Amrapali.

New Girl’s Zooey Deschanel, meanwhile, showcased a blue tourmaline cocktail ring by Chanel dubbed “planet-sized ” by E! News host Ryan Seacrest against an azure crewneck column gown by J. Mendel with side slit and bijoux embroidery at the back of the neck.

Also in tourmaline, Katrina Bowden (30 Rock) wowed in a form-fitting navy blue Badgley Mischka gown embellished with waist-defining turquoise and silver appliqués. David Yurman white gold Twist earrings featuring mint tourmaline totaling 33.28 carats and diamonds added the perfect pop of color.

Alyson Hannigan (How I Met Your Mother) looked regal in a purple Marchesa gown and beautiful white gold earrings featuring faceted green beryl drops totaling 44.33 carats accented with 204 diamonds by Jay Carlile & Co.

Yellow gold jewelry was ubiquitous on the Emmys red carpet this year, casting its warm glow particularly in sizeable earrings—both drop and chandelier—and cuff bracelets.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, winner for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for Veep, glittered in a Monique Lhuillier column gown covered in rose gold embroidery, gracefully accessorized with yellow gold earrings featuring rectangular-cut silver moonstones framed with micropavé-set orange sapphires and diamonds by Martin Katz and a diamond ring by Lorraine Schwartz.

Tina Fey accepted her Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series for 30 Rock in a custom cobalt blue gown by Narciso Rodriguez and yellow gold Victorian drop earrings, a 1940s yellow gold cuff with sapphires and diamonds, a 1920s platinum bracelet with sapphires and diamonds, and a platinum Art Deco ring with sapphires, onyx and diamonds by Fred Leighton.

Connie Britton, meanwhile, nominee for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for Nashville, poured into a peacock-blue velvet gown with antique gold ottoman embroidery by Naeem Khan, extending the glow with a curated collection of yellow gold Cathy Waterman jewelry, including chandelier earrings, stacked bangles and a ring.

Mayim Bialik, nominee for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for The Big Bang Theory, dressed in head-to-toe green with an emerald silk brocade mermaid gown by Oliver Tolentino and yellow gold drop earrings featuring green onyx totaling 16.65 carats and diamonds by Bellari and a yellow gold ring set with an African emerald totaling 14.07 carats and diamonds by Takat.

Kaley Cuoco, also of The Big Bang Theory, chose a strapless plum ball gown with sheer-bodice boning detail and a leaf-pleated tulle skirt accented by organza scalloping by Vera Wang. Completing the romantic look were yellow gold, garnet and diamond bracelets and a platinum, garnet and diamond ring by Neil Lane.

Padma Lakshmi (Top Chef), meanwhile, was majestic in one of the night’s top looks: a backless Kaufmanfranco gown in white, which she brightened with one-of-a-kind yellow gold earrings and a wide cuff bracelet in a teardrop motif from Robert Lee Morris’ personal archive collection from the late 1980s.

Taylor Schilling (Orange Is the New Black) glowed in a white silk crepe gown designed for her by Thakoon, along with yellow gold Toupies earrings featuring blue sapphires, blue topaz, citrine and diamond baguettes by Marina B., a vintage yellow gold, citrine and emerald cuff by Neil Lane and a yellow gold Rock Candy ring featuring cleaved citrine and diamonds by Jorge Adeler.

Girls star Allison Williams opted for a classic silhouette in a strapless cobalt blue gown by Ralph Lauren with zest-appeal courtesy of Fred Leighton’s 19th-century yellow gold jewelry, including amethyst earrings, Etruscan-revival bangle bracelets, snake ring and whopping pink topaz cocktail ring.

Also in Fred Leighton, Anna Faris (Mom) went bold in a bright-yellow Monique Lhuillier gown with side slit, fixing a 19th-century yellow gold, silver, emerald and diamond salamander brooch to the back of the waist. She also wore 19th-century yellow gold and pearl earrings, a 19th-century yellow gold, emerald, pearl and diamond bracelet, and a yellow gold and diamond antique pinkie ring.

Platinum and diamonds are always a popular pairing on the red carpet, but how about rose gold and opals for a new twist?

Anna Gunn, winner for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for Breaking Bad, melded black lace and subtle blush in a Romona Keveza gown, matching the rosy hue with one-of-a-kind Irene Neuwirth rose gold drop earrings featuring Lightening Ridge opals, pink opal drops and pavé-set diamonds, and a one-of-a-kind rose gold ring set with a rose-cut diamond center stone and pavé-set diamonds.

Amy Poehler, nominee for several awards, including Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for Parks and Recreation, donned a black, Asian-inspired Basler gown with hand-beaded gold dragons at the hips, along with one-of-a-kind Irene Neuwirth rose gold earrings featuring fire opals, rose-cut diamonds and pavé-set diamonds, a rose gold, fire opal and pavé-set diamond bracelet, and a one-of-a-kind rose gold ring set with a fire opal center stone and pavé-set diamonds.

Kerry Washington, meanwhile, nominee for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for Scandal, floated down the red carpet in a dreamy blush-colored gown decorated with ribbons and flowers by Marchesa. Adding to the femininity were Fred Leighton’s rose gold and pink diamond flower-cluster ear clips, and a rose and white gold ring with oval-cut pink diamonds and round brilliant-cut colorless diamonds.

Cobie Smulders (How I Met Your Mother) channeled old Hollywood glamour in a blush-colored bustier gown by J. Mendel and Irene Neuwirth rose gold and pavé-set diamond three-drop earrings, a rose gold, opal and rose-cut diamond bracelet, and a rose gold and pavé-set diamond ring.

Also in Irene Neuwirth, Linda Cardellini, nominee for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for Mad Men, offset her magenta gown with architectural ruffles by Donna Karan Atelier with rose gold triangular earrings featuring labradorite surrounded by pavé-set diamonds.

Diamonds are often considered the jewelry belle of the ball. For this event, they strutted their stuff the brightest when set in illuminating platinum bracelets, cocktail rings and statement necklaces.

Claire Danes, winner for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for Homeland, took the plunge in a flesh-toned deep-V-neck gown with delicately beaded lace by Armani Privé. Neil Lane jewelry valued at $1.5 million added additional sparkle, including platinum and 5-carat diamond stud earrings, a platinum and 40-carat diamond bracelet, and a platinum ring set with a 5-carat elongated emerald-cut flawless diamond.

Ellen Burstyn, winner for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie for Political Animals, was the epitome of elegance in a patterned Zandra Rhodes gown highlighted with platinum and diamond chandelier earrings, a platinum and diamond fringe necklace, a platinum and diamond bracelet, and a platinum and pearl bracelet by Neil Lane.

Elisabeth Moss, nominee for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for Mad Men and for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie for Top of the Lake, put a chic twist on the classic black-and-white color combination, pairing a strapless Andrew Gn gown with bold red lips and an edgy blond pixie cut. She rounded out the look with platinum and diamond stud earrings, two platinum, diamond and onyx bracelets, and a platinum and diamond ball ring by Neil Lane.

Also in Neil Lane, Malin Akerman (Trophy Wife) lit up the red carpet in an ethereal white gown with ruffled skirt by Marchesa and platinum and diamond chandelier earrings, two platinum, diamond and pearl bracelets, a platinum and diamond straight-line bracelet, a platinum, diamond and pearl ring, and a platinum and diamond ring.

Michelle Dockery, meanwhile, nominee for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for Downton Abbey, was radiant in a two-tone-red Prada gown with dramatic bow detail at the neck. Heightening the drama were Fred Leighton’s platinum and diamond ear clips from the 1950s, a platinum, ruby and diamond ring from the 1950s, and a platinum and diamond pinkie ring from the 1920s.

Allison Janney (Mom) matched her flowing fuchsia gown by Lorena Sarbu with diamond chandelier earrings and a white gold cuff bracelet featuring 1,834 fancy pink and colorless diamonds by Martin Katz.

Lauren Parsekian, wife of actor Aaron Paul, nominee for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for Breaking Bad, showed off A. Jaffe’s Magnolia Flower diamond necklace totaling 10 carats and a diamond bangle bracelet by Gabriel & Co.

And finally Carrie Underwood, who performed “Yesterday” as a tribute to The Beatles famous appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, was draped in more than 150 carats of Johnathan Arndt diamonds, including $3.2 million diamond stud earrings totaling 14.35 carats, an $18 million diamond necklace totaling 126 carats, and a $4 million pear-shaped diamond ring totaling 12.18 carats.
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