The 86th Annual Academy Awards
Diamond statement necklaces add the finishing touch to beautifully embellished gowns
Hats off to Hollywood for bringing its A game to the red carpet for the 2014 Academy Awards, held on March 2 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. The top trend in fashion was surely the champagne-colored gown, effervescent with intricate beading. Equally as feminine were the strapless and plunging necklines, and the vintage side-swept waves. But perhaps most interesting was the ever-increasing trend of the “custom” look, where celebrities showcase pieces designed uniquely for them, evidenced by the red-carpet refrain, “I feel like me in this.”

In jewelry, diamond statement necklaces, in either white gold or platinum, were the belles of the ball, while drop, stud and cluster earrings once again proved their popularity, showcased effectively with the aforementioned side-swept waves, romantic updos and the pixie cut that’s de rigueur these days. Also noteworthy this year are the men, who are showing a penchant for decorating their formal wear with all that glitters.

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

Charlize Theron, in one of the night’s most celebrated looks, gave a flawless presentation in a dramatic black satin and organza Dior Haute Couture gown with mermaid silhouette tethered to her shoulders with transparent organza strips. Highlighting the gown’s plunging necklace was a diamond pendant necklace from Harry Winston’s Incredibles Collection featuring a 31-carat square-emerald-cut center stone with D color and IF clarity, valued at $15 million, set in a cluster of 154 diamonds. Diamond stud earrings, perfectly framed by her blond pixie cut, sent an additional spark.

Fellow Dior spokesperson Jennifer Lawrence, nominee for her supporting role in American Hustle, gave a repeat performance of the “backlace,” draping Neil Lane’s platinum necklace with carved rock crystal and diamonds totaling 100 carats, valued at $2 million, down her back, just atop the strapless neckline of her Dior Haute Couture red wool crepe gown. She also wore Lane’s platinum and 10-carat diamond stud earrings and a platinum ring set with three fancy-color diamonds, valued at $1 million.

Another outstanding necklace was seen on Idina Menzel, who performed “Let It Go,” the Oscar-winning song from Best Animated Featured Film winner Frozen. To set alight her emerald red-carpet gown by Vera Wang, she donned Chimento’s Jacqueline parure, composed of a white gold and diamond collar totaling 77.12 carats, valued at more than $300,000, and a white gold and diamond cuff totaling 34.6 carats, valued at more than $100,000. Demarco diamond drop earrings and a Suzanne Kalan Jewelry 18-karat white gold, white topaz and diamond ring added additional wattage. For her performance, Menzel dazzled on stage in 18-karat white gold and diamond chandelier earrings by Forevermark, an 18-karat white gold and round brilliant-cut diamond hand ornament featuring an attached bracelet and ring by Forevermark and an 18-karat white gold and round brilliant-cut diamond line bracelet by Forevermark by Natalie K.

Fellow Frozen alum Kristen Bell opted for an ensemble that reminded her of the film: a white Roberto Cavalli gown with corseted back and frothy train and “ice” courtesy of Piaget’s white gold and diamond Rose necklace and earrings.

Also in snow white, Naomi Watts chose a cap-sleeve column gown by Calvin Klein Collection carpeted with multi-sized crystals. She accessorized with a Bulgari white gold necklace with round brilliant-cut diamonds and diamond pavé from the High Jewelry Collection that resembled a spider web, along with the designer’s diamond stud earrings and Serpenti bracelet.

Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street), meanwhile, debuted her dramatic new dark hair in a black strapless gown by Saint Laurent with beaded bodice and bow detail at the back. Completing the old Hollywood look were side-swept finger waves and the Forevermark Exceptional Diamond Jewelry Riviera Necklace by Rahaminov featuring 70 precisely matched round brilliant-cut diamonds totaling 55.26 carats set in platinum, 18-karat white gold and round brilliant-cut diamond Martini Set ear studs by Forevermark by Premier Gem and an 18-karat white gold and round brilliant-cut diamond Swirl ring by Forevermark.

Tiffany & Co. jewels sparkled with legendary beauty and elegance on Jessica Biel, who matched her strapless Chanel Couture gown with twinkly silver detailing with the designer’s platinum drop earrings featuring emerald-cut aquamarines and diamonds from the 2014 Blue Book Collection, valued at $45,000, a platinum Marquee Cluster necklace featuring round-shape diamonds, valued at $240,000, a platinum bracelet featuring five rows of round- and princess-cut diamonds, valued at $165,000, a platinum and diamond bracelet, valued at $120,000, and a platinum Bow bracelet featuring an emerald-cut aquamarine and diamonds from the 2014 Blue Book Collection, valued at $100,000.

Also in Tiffany & Co. was Catherine Martin, winner for both Best Costume Design and Best Production Design for The Great Gatsby, who collaborated with Tiffany on the jewelry worn in the film. To jazz up her 1930s-inspired floral-print gown by Prada with diamanté appliqué at the shoulders and hips, she wore as a pendant a yellow gold and amethyst Arrows brooch featured in the 2014 Blue Book Collection and a yellow gold and diamond bracelet, both from the Schlumberger Collection.

Jewels from Tiffany & Co.’s 2014 Blue Book Collection were also the choice for Amy Adams, nominee for her starring role in American Hustle. To embellish her custom navy Gucci Première gown and Kim Novak-inspired updo, Adams showcased 18-karat yellow gold drop earrings featuring rhodochrosite framed with lapis, turquoise and diamonds, valued at $35,000, an 18-karat yellow gold bracelet with square modified brilliant yellow diamonds, valued at $1.4 million, an 18-karat yellow gold ring featuring fire opals, pink sapphires, yellow diamonds and spessartite beads, valued at $40,000, and six Tiffany Metro yellow gold and diamond bands, valued at $5,500.

Yellow gold jewelry was also seen on Lupita Nyong’o, winner for Best Supporting Actress for 12 Years a Slave. In another of the night’s most celebrated looks, Nyong’o was radiant in a custom powder blue Prada gown with deep V-neck that floated around her via crystal-beaded pleats. Fred Leighton’s custom 18-karat yellow gold and diamond headband, custom 18-karat yellow gold and rose-cut diamond Crescent earrings, 19th-century 18-karat yellow gold and diamond Coiled Snake bracelet, 19th-century yellow gold, pearl and diamond ring, 19th-century yellow gold and opal ring, 18-karat yellow gold Frog ring and 1960s 18-karat yellow gold, turquoise and diamond ring, both worn on her right pinky, heightened the fairytale princess theme.

Kristin Chenoweth channeled Oscar himself in a body-hugging Roberto Cavalli gown aglow in Art Deco-inspired gold beading, along with her blond pixie cut, yellow gold and diamond Pinwheel earrings, a yellow gold chain bracelet and a yellow gold and diamond Bombay ring by Neil Lane.

Model and style icon Coco Rocha fulfilled her role as red-carpet fashion correspondent for CNN in a lavender gown by Zac Posen offset with Indian-inspired 22-karat yellow gold earrings and Vine cuff by Azva.

Portia De Rossi, meanwhile, opted for yellow gold and pearls to decorate her ivory halter gown with honeycomb-pattern beading by Naeem Khan. The actress and wife of Oscars host Ellen DeGeneres chose a pearl cuff and ring by Dior, as well as the designer’s double-pearl asymmetric Mise en Dior earrings to highlight her swept-back, amped-up short blond tresses.

Sarah Paulson (12 Years a Slave) went the rose gold route, selecting Piaget’s pink gold and diamond Rose earrings, pink gold and pink opal Rose Passion ring and pink gold and diamond Passion ring to complement the delicate floral beading on her champagne-colored Elie Saab Haute Couture gown.

Access Hollywood correspondent Louise Roe also chose rose gold, wearing Chopard’s 18-karat rose gold chandelier earrings featuring champagne-brown diamond briolettes and colorless diamond pavé, an 18-karat rose gold and rose-cut diamond bangle totaling 27 carats and an 18-karat rose gold Brown Bear ring from the Animal World Collection featuring more than 1,000 brown diamonds totaling 11 carats, two blue sapphire cabochons and a heart-shaped onyx cabochon.

Also in Chopard statement earrings, Cate Blanchett, winner for Best Actress for Blue Jasmine, glowed in an inaugural piece from the designer’s 2014 Red Carpet Collection—18-karat white gold drop earrings featuring 62 white opals totaling 33 carats and diamond pavé—which beautifully emphasized the raised dégradé sequins and light-gold Swarovski-crystal baguettes on her champagne-colored Armani Privé gown. She also wore the designer’s 18-karat white gold and brown diamond bracelet totaling 49 carats and Toi Y Moi 18-karat white gold and pear-shape diamond ring totaling 4 carats.

Penélope Cruz chose Chopard statement earrings as well, pairing platinum chandelier earrings featuring a floral cluster of pear-shaped diamonds totaling 12 carats and brilliant-cut diamond drops totaling 4 carats, as well as a platinum and 35-carat fancy-shape diamond bracelet, with her blush-pink Giambattista Valli Haute Couture silk gown.

In a similar look, Julia Roberts, nominee for her supporting role in August: Osage County, dangled white gold drop earrings featuring round brilliant-cut, emerald-cut and tapered-baguette diamonds from Bulgari’s Parentesi Collection beneath her new blond locks, swept into a loose, parted updo. Diamond statement bracelets and a ring, also from Bulgari, furthered the elegance of her black Givenchy Couture gown with lace peplum.

Olivia Wilde looked divine in a baby bump-friendly black Valentino gown with slight white train, adding bursts of contrast with platinum, white jade and diamond drop earrings, platinum, white jade, black jade and diamond bangles and a platinum, black diamond and colorless diamond ring by Lorraine Schwartz.

Showcasing a more streamlined earring, Kate Hudson wowed on the red carpet in a custom 1930s-inspired pale-silver Atelier Versace gown with plunging neckline, Swarovski crystal beading and matching draped cape, along with platinum and 10-carat diamond drop earrings, a platinum, sapphire and diamond line bracelet and a platinum and faceted-crystal De Roche ring by Neil Lane.

Jennifer Garner (Dallas Buyers Club), followed suit, complementing the tiered beaded fringes on her silver Oscar de la Renta gown with 18-karat white gold line earrings with round brilliant-cut diamonds by Forevermark. She maximized the sparkle with the Forevermark Exceptional Diamond Line Bracelet by Rahaminov featuring round brilliant-cut diamonds totaling 28.02 carats set in platinum, 18-karat white gold bracelets with round brilliant-cut diamonds by Forevermark, a solitaire ring featuring a radiant-cut diamond by Forevermark and an 18-karat white gold Madison ring featuring three cushion-cut fancy yellow diamonds by Forevermark by Maria Canale.

Sandra Bullock, meanwhile, nominee for her starring role in Gravity, chose platinum and diamond cluster earrings by Lorraine Schwartz, valued at $1.8 million, to accent her side-swept waves and custom midnight-blue duchesse satin gown with sweetheart neckline and sumptuous draping by Alexander McQueen. She also donned a platinum and diamond bangle bracelet by the designer.

Anne Hathaway, in a sleek black Gucci gown with crystal-embroidered bodice, also chose platinum and diamond cluster earrings, framed perfectly by her chic pixie cut. Platinum and diamond bracelets totaling 100 carats, valued at $1 million, and a platinum and square-cut emerald and diamond ring, valued at $250,000, also by Neil Lane, brought a noteworthy pop of color.

Diamond “ear climbers” were the choice for Maria Menounos, who sported Jack Vartanian Comet earrings totaling 7 carats, valued at $70,000, to accentuate her romantic braided updo. She continued the theme with a custom bridal-white Johanna Johnson Muse gown with delicate beading and an African sapphire and diamond ring by Doves by Doron Paloma.

Focusing the spotlight now on the men, Matthew McConaughey, winner for Best Actor for Dallas Buyers Club, paired a Dolce & Gabbana tuxedo with ivory jacket, black pants and black waistcoat with 18-karat white gold cuff links featuring onyx and diamond pavé by Chopard, as well as the designer’s 18-karat white gold L.U.C. XP Tonneau timepiece with white dial and black leather strap. His wife, Camila Alves, was equally as stunning in a custom blush-pink Gabriela Cadena gown with long sleeves and luxurious draping, daintily embellished with fancy pink diamond cluster earrings, valued at $1.2 million, and a pink diamond cluster ring by Lorraine Schwartz.

Making a similar statement, Jared Leto, winner for Best Supporting Actor for Dallas Buyers Club, paired a Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane tuxedo with ivory jacket and black pants with a platinum and diamond dress set totaling 25 carats by Neil Lane, along with Piaget’s 18-karat white gold 40 mm Altiplano watch with black alligator strap.

Also in Neil Lane, Jeremy Renner (American Hustle) paired a custom black Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci tuxedo with the designer’s platinum and pearl dress set and Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Master Ultra Thin 41 timepiece.

Brad Pitt, who co-produced Best Picture winner 12 Years a Slave, epitomized old Hollywood in a black Tom Ford tuxedo paired with cuff links, tuxedo buttons and the Black Star Sapphire ring designed by his fiancé, Angelina Jolie, and Robert Procop for the Style of Jolie jewelry line. Jolie was also wearing a design from the collection—yellow gold drop earrings featuring bezel-set diamonds totaling a whopping 42 carats.

Also in Tom Ford, Bradley Cooper, nominee for his supporting role in American Hustle, paired his black tuxedo with Chopard’s stainless steel L.U.C. 1937 Classic timepiece with white dial and black leather strap.

Leonardo DiCaprio, nominee for his starring role in The Wolf of Wall Street, paired a Giorgio Armani Made to Measure midnight-blue tuxedo with David Yurman Maritime rope shirt studs and Jennifer Meyer Jewelry cuff links.

Actor and model Kellen Lutz also wore David Yurman, pairing his black tuxedo with the designer’s yellow gold Waves cuff links and Chevron ring.

Several celebrities chose Montblanc, including Steve McQueen, director of Best Picture winner 12 Years a Slave, in a Nicolas Rieussec Open Home Time watch; Steve Coogan, nominee for co-producing Best Picture nominee Philomena, in Iconic cuff links and studs; Joseph Gordon Levitt in stainless steel and onyx cuff links; and Chris Hemsworth in a Meisterstück Heritage Automatic Date watch.

Channing Tatum also wore Montblanc’s Iconic cuff links and studs set, while his wife, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, looked lovely in a champagne-colored Reema Acra gown with beaded bodice and ruffled-tulle train, platinum and diamond Briole earrings and a platinum and diamond three-finger floral ring by Lorraine Schwartz.

Also in Montblanc was Chiwetel Ejiofor, nominee for his starring role in 12 Years a Slave, in a Star Roman watch, while his date, Sari Mercer, shimmered in an 18-karat white gold and round brilliant-cut diamond chandelier necklace by Forevermark, an 18-karat white gold, yellow gold and round brilliant-cut Starburst bracelet by Forevermark by Jade Trau and an 18-karat white gold and emerald-cut diamond Forevermark The Center of My Universe ring.

Also in Forevermark was E! News red-carpet correspondent George Kotsiopoulous in a custom 18-karat white gold and round brilliant-cut diamond lapel pin, and Michael B. Jordan in 18-karat white gold and round brilliant-cut diamond stud earrings by Forevermark by Hoorsenbuhs. The actor also wore white gold Star Collar Pins from the Gentleman Collection by David Thomas and Jason of Beverly Hills and debuted “the world’s thinnest watch,” Piaget’s white gold Altiplano 900P.

John Legend also chose the Gentleman Collection by David Thomas and Jason of Beverly Hills, wearing the designers’ yellow gold and diamond button cuff links and diamond lapel pin. His wife, model Chrissy Teigen, ushered in spring in a strapless pink-petal print Monique Lhuillier gown and natural pink and champagne diamond floral earrings totaling 50 carats and matching diamond floral bracelets by Lorraine Schwartz.

And finally, Pharrell Williams and Johnny Weir, who rivaled the starlets with their show of sparkle: Williams, nominee for Best Original Song for “Happy” from Despicable Me 2, paired his black tuxedo jacket with matching shorts by Lanvin with yellow diamond stud earrings, To Be Happy diamond bracelets and Ofira multicolored-diamond Ball bands by Lorraine Schwartz. The figure skating legend, meanwhile, lit up the red carpet in a diamond brooch by LeVian, Demarco diamond ring and Louis Leeman loafers encrusted with silver Swarovski crystals.
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