The 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards
Ear cuffs and blue sapphires among standout trends in a sea of swoon-worthy red styles
Red was once again the go-to hue on the red carpet this year, as a number of the small screen’s reigning queens stepped out in bold variations of the color for the 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards, held at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on Aug. 25. White also proved its staying power, particularly in crisp, column-like shapes, as did intricate, albeit subtler, beading.

In jewelry, the increasingly popular halter and decorative necklines seemed to put the kibosh on necklaces so ubiquitous at the 2014 Academy Awards, while the award-show-staple clutch bag made the perfect backdrop for giant gemstone rings and the up-and-coming “double ring.” Also trending were earrings in a variety of styles—particularly the “ear climber” and “ear cuff”—and stacks of bracelets showcasing a mix of widths, metals and gemstones. But the real scene-stealer here was colored stones in a lively assortment led by rubies and blue sapphires.

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

LADIES IN RED
Just as we had seen at the Golden Globe Awards earlier this year, many of the looks at the Emmy Awards paired vibrant shades of red with similarly colored gemstones such as ruby and garnet and warm-toned metals.

Claire Danes, nominee for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for Homeland, made numerous best-dressed lists in her fire-engine red Givenchy gown with lace panels, belted waist and beaded-dragonfly neckline. To both complement the extraordinary color of the gown and not compete with its details, Danes chose simple marquise-cut ruby stud earrings that popped against her romantic braided updo, along with a 25-carat canary-yellow diamond bracelet and a natural-ruby moon-shaped ring by Lorraine Schwartz.

Christina Hendricks, nominee for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for Mad Men, piled on $390,000 in golden jewels from Neil Lane to emphasize the sari-inspired look of her red one-shoulder gown by Marchesa with gold embroidery at the waist. These included carved yellow gold Girandole earrings valued at $50,000, a yellow gold and rose-cut diamond Mogul bangle valued at $125,000, a yellow gold and diamond Lovebird bracelet valued at $100,000, a yellow gold, garnet and pearl Victorian bracelet valued at $35,000, a pair of ornate yellow gold bangles valued at $20,000 and a yellow gold ring featuring a 50-carat garnet and diamonds valued at $60,000.

Also pairing red with yellow gold was Uzo Aduba, winner of the Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for Orange Is the New Black. She wore a red Christian Siriano gown with sweetheart neckline and ruffled train, along with Fred Leighton’s yellow gold and diamond earrings from the 1940s, a yellow gold and diamond Honeycomb bracelet from the 1940s, a platinum and diamond line bracelet and a yellow gold and diamond Bombe cocktail ring from the 1940s.

Another big winner of the night, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who took home the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for Veep, knocked it out of the park in a raspberry-red drape gown with leather detail custom-made for her by Carolina Herrera. The actress—one of several women over 40 who swept every major acting award—kept the look fresh with sparkly earrings and a wide bracelet by Lorraine Schwartz.

Fashion Police co-host Giuliana Rancic, meanwhile, wore jewelry from Forevermark by Jade Trau featuring Forevermark diamonds with her red Gustavo Cadile gown, including platinum and diamond stud earrings, a yellow gold and diamond Name Plate Bangle, a yellow gold and diamond Pear Cuff, a yellow gold and diamond Knife-Edge Cuff, yellow gold, rose gold and diamond Star Cuffs, yellow gold, rose gold and diamond Halo Cuffs and a platinum ring featuring a 13.56-carat radiant-cut diamond.

Octavia Spencer also beautifully draped herself in red with a gown custom-made for her by Tadashi Shoji. To balance her side-swept hair, she chose chandelier earrings featuring 30 carats of natural rubies, along with a complementary 12-carat ruby ring by Lorraine Schwartz.

Also in Lorraine Schwartz, Sarah Hyland of Modern Family sported a hip Christian Siriano ensemble complete with billowing red skirt and white crop top. She matched the age-appropriate look with pink gold and diamond bow-shaped earrings, a ring featuring 10 carats of natural rubies and 8 carats of diamonds, a pink gold and rose-cut diamond ring and a pink gold and diamond Flower ring.

BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL
It wouldn’t be an entertainment-industry award show without a parade of showy statement pieces, and this event was no exception. This time around, colored gemstones were the highlight, with sapphires—especially in blue—making a major appearance.

Allison Janney, winner of the Emmy for both Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for Mom and for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for Masters of Sex brightened up the night in a fuchsia velvet Nicolas Jebran haute couture gown and statement jewels from Lorraine Schwartz, including ruby, pink sapphire and diamond earrings, an oval-shaped multicolor-sapphire bracelet, a baguette-cut pink sapphire and diamond link bracelet and a 40-carat natural cabashaw ruby ring.

Anna Gunn, winner of the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for Homeland, donned a bespoke one-shoulder gown by Jenny Packham with ivory crystal-encrusted bodice and cobalt blue skirt. Additional embellishment came courtesy of Irene Neuwirth’s one-of-a-kind white and rose gold earrings featuring blue sapphires, blue tourmalines and diamonds and a limited-edition rose gold ring featuring a Ceylon sapphire and diamond pavé.

Also in Irene Neuwirth, Michelle Monaghan of True Detectives was flawless in a crisp-white long-sleeved Giambattista Valli Couture 7 silk gown with on-trend slit, punctuated with one-of-a-kind rose gold earrings featuring mixed-color tourmalines, a one-of-a-kind rose gold ring featuring a Lightning Ridge black opal and diamond pavé and a limited-edition yellow gold ring featuring a pink tourmaline and diamond pavé.

Striking the perfect balance between playful and sophisticated, Julia Roberts, nominee for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie for The Normal Heart, radiated in a long-sleeve midnight blue Elie Saab Haute Couture dress covered in bulbous blue beads. She accentuated the look with yellow diamond pendant earrings by Wilfredo Rosado for Scarselli Diamonds and a limited-edition white gold ring set with a blue moonstone and diamond pavé by Irene Neuwirth.

Also in Elie Saab, Halle Berry was the picture of elegance in a dusty-pink chiffon gown with velvet trim, along with rose gold drop earrings featuring amethysts accented with pink sapphires and diamonds suspended from black onyx enclosures by Doves by Doron Paloma and a blue sapphire ring by Sutra.

Blue sapphires were also the choice for Christine Baranski, nominee for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for The Good Wife, who accessorized her caped deep-blue gown with Fred Leighton’s platinum, blue sapphire and diamond earrings, platinum line bracelet with blue sapphires and diamonds from the 1930s and platinum, blue sapphire and diamond ring from the 1930s. In a similar fashion, Edie Falco, nominee for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for Nurse Jackie, donned the designer’s Art Deco platinum earrings with blue sapphires and diamonds, Art Deco platinum bracelet with blue sapphires and diamonds, Art Deco platinum and diamond bracelet and a platinum and diamond bracelet.

Also in blue sapphires was Julie Bowen, nominee for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for Modern Family. To offset the floral print on her Peter Som gown, she wore platinum and blue sapphire drop earrings and a platinum, yellow gold, cabochon blue sapphire and diamond ring by Jacob & Co.

Debra Messing followed suit in a patterned Angel Sanchez gown and Chopard’s platinum earrings with diamonds totaling 10.4 carats, a white gold bracelet with diamonds totaling 34.19 carats and a white gold ring featuring a 12.86-carat blue sapphire and diamonds.

Heidi Klum, meanwhile, nominee for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program for Project Runway, wowed in a caped coral Zac Posen gown, which she contrasted with shoulder-grazing earrings by Lorraine Schwartz featuring white jade, emeralds and diamonds.

Emeralds were also spotted on Sofía Vergara of Modern Family who was literally put on a revolving pedestal at the event, showcasing a slinky white and silver Roberto Cavalli gown and $2 million worth of Lorraine Schwartz jewelry, including kite-shaped diamond earrings totaling 50 carats, a fabulous flexible diamond bracelet that resembled a knotted scarf around her wrist, a 15-carat diamond shield ring and two rings featuring 30 carats of Colombian emeralds.

Diamond statements were also seen on Mad Men’s Jessica Paré in a sultry black Lanvin gown with beaded bodice paired with platinum and diamond stud earrings totaling 2 carats, a platinum and diamond pendant necklace from the 1950s and an Art Deco platinum ring with Old European-cut diamonds and onyx by Fred Leighton.

Also in Fred Leighton, Laverne Cox, nominee for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for Orange Is the New Black, creatively embellished the neckline of her Marc Bouwer gown with Art Deco platinum and diamond Fan brooches. She also donned the designer’s platinum and diamond Swirl earrings from the 1940s and an Art Deco platinum and diamond bracelet.

ONES TO WATCH
A number of ladies expertly showcased some new jewelry styles that have been emerging on the red carpet this year, effectively putting ear climber and ear cuffs, double-finger rings and stacks of mixed-media bangles on the trend map.

Michelle Dockery, nominee for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for Downton Abbey, wore a striking halter-style gown by Rosie Assoulin that combined white, blue and green in an origami-like design. Her jewelry by Ana Khouri was appropriately understated yet fashion-forward against the attire, combining yellow gold and pearl ear climbers, yellow gold and rose-cut diamond bangles, a yellow gold, pearl and diamond ring, a yellow gold and diamond multi-finger ring and a yellow gold hair ornament shaped like a wishbone, which was fastened atop her classic chignon by black ribbons.

Always a risk-taker on the red carpet, January Jones opted for a red strapless Prabal Gurung gown with pockets and a single white gold and diamond Comet ear climber by Jack Vartanian.

Also in ear climbers was Lauren Parsekian, wife of Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series winner Aaron Paul. She selected Diamond Vine earrings by Susan Eisen to complement the embroidered front and back grid detail on her white Lorena Sarbu gown.

Taylor Schilling, meanwhile, nominee for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for Orange Is the New Black, shimmered in a pale-platinum halter-style gown by Zuhair Murad with draped back. To highlight the gown’s intricate Art Deco pattern of hand-embroidered beadwork, Schilling wore Forevermark Exceptional Diamond Jewelry by Premier Gem featuring Forevermark diamonds, including a white gold and diamond ear cuff, platinum Martini Set stud earrings featuring diamonds totaling 5.20 carats, a line bracelet featuring diamonds totaling 28.02 carats, a platinum and diamond lattice bracelet, a platinum ring featuring a 10.39-carat pear-shaped diamond and a rose gold and diamond eternity band.

Ear cuffs were also the choice for Ariel Winter of Modern Family, who paired Graziela GemsBaby Wave Ear Cuffs in rose gold and sterling silver vermeil set with natural colorless zircon with Black Halo’s Eve gown. Vita Fede’s Titan Stone with Double Band Ring, Trix Ring and Duo Titan Ring featuring Swarovski crystals, along with Effy Jewelry’s Prism Confetti and D’Oro diamond rings completed the youthful look. In a similar fashion, Samira Wiley of Orange Is the New Black wore Graziela GemsGarden Party Ear Cuffs in sterling silver with black rhodium set with rubies totaling 3 carats and diamonds totaling 1.79 carats, as well as Effy Jewelry’s Jardin ring in white gold featuring flower petals crafted from cognac and colorless diamonds.

Also in Graziela Gems was Kaley Cuoco Sweeting of The Big Bang Theory, who added an edge to her ultra-feminine Monique Lhuillier gown layered in tulle and red and pink floral appliqués with the designer’s yellow gold and diamond Double Vine ring.

Fashion Police’s Kelly Osbourne, always a standout, adorned herself in a plethora of vintage Beladora jewels to coincide with her Honor gown of lace and tulle embroidered with an ombré floral pattern. These included rose gold and diamond Scroll earrings, a yellow gold, rose gold, ruby and diamond Tri-Colored bracelet, a yellow gold and moonstone Flower bracelet, a rose gold Link bracelet, a yellow gold and rose gold Tank Tread bracelet, a yellow gold Cluster ring featuring yellow diamonds, rubies, sapphires and emeralds, a platinum, yellow gold and diamond Cluster ring, a yellow gold, spinel and diamond Navette ring, a yellow gold, rose gold, spinel and citrine Cocktail ring and a yellow gold, citrine and blue topaz Scroll ring.

Katherine Heigl, meanwhile, favored the mixed-bangle trend for her peach-colored Parisian-silk John Hayles gown, wearing a vintage yellow gold bangle mixed with modern diamond bracelets by Chopard.

Following suit was Allison Tolman, nominee for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie for Fargo, decked out in jewelry from Forevermark by Jade Trau, including a The Center of My Universe bangle set in yellow gold, white gold and diamonds, a Star Cuff in yellow gold, white gold and diamonds, an Oval Swirl ring in white gold and diamonds and a Cluster Shield ring in oxidized white gold and diamonds.
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