Los Angeles–It was an evening of firsts at the 82nd Annual Academy Awards last night, with Kathryn Bigelow becoming the first-ever female to snag an Oscar for Best Director, and funny woman Sandra Bullock’s about-face Best Actress Oscar win for her role in a drama.
In jewelry, however, there weren’t many surprises at all, with nominees and presenters overwhelmingly appearing to favor classic diamond jewelry, especially a combination of diamond line bracelets and diamond earrings–from simple studs to drops to cluster versions featuring assemblages of small stones.
It was a look that has been seen throughout the awards show season, from the Emmys this past fall to the Golden Globe Awards held in January. Effortlessly glamorous without being over the top, it isn’t hard to see why it was a look chosen by both Bigelow and Bullock, as well as a host of additional nominees and presenters gracing the Oscars stage.
The Hurt Locker director wore Boucheron’s “Ava” diamond stud earrings and “Ariane” bracelet with a pear-cut diamond and round pavé diamonds, both set in white gold, while Bullock accessorized her shimmering Marchesa gown with a diamond line bracelet and classic diamond drops falling just below her earlobes.
While many awards show attendees borrow jewelry from designers for their big nights out, for Oscars night, the pieces Bullock wore were Neil Lane designs from her own personal jewelry collection.
As seen from the plethora of stars wearing the diamond earring and bracelet combinations, the look is an easy one for consumers to emulate and accessorize their own everyday and night-out looks given that the designs can be paired with everything from simple column-style sheaths in neutral tones to dramatic, diaphanous gowns in bright hues.
Best Supporting Actress winner Mo’Nique, Avatar star Sigourney Weaver, presenter Charlize Theron and Crazy Heart star Maggie Gyllenhaal all went the earrings and bracelet route, pairing the diamond jewelry duo with gowns in vivid hues.
Mo’Nique selected Chopard’s princess-cut yellow diamond tennis bracelet, radiant-cut light yellow diamond line bracelet and radiant-cut fancy yellow and colorless diamond earrings to wear with her sapphire blue gown, while Gyllenhaal accented her floral Dries van Noten with a Fred Leighton 1940s diamond and platinum bracelet featuring emerald and sapphire, plus 19th century diamond and ivory “Calla Lily” earrings. Weaver paired her bright red Lanvin with a Neil Lane diamond link bracelet, ruby and diamond bracelets, and round diamond drop earrings, all set in platinum, while Theron chose Harry Winston’s vintage marquise diamond and platinum “Wave” bracelet and diamond and platinum cluster earrings.
Theron’s pink Dior gown with its ill-placed rosettes placed her on many a critics’ worst-dressed list, but some of the stars receiving nods of approval included presenter Demi Moore, Best Supporting Actress nominees Vera Farmiga and Carey Mulligan, among others.
Moore, in a peach Versace gown, selected a flurry of Van Cleef and Arpels designs, including the brand’s “Victoria” tassel pearl, diamond and sapphire ear clips from the “Les Jardins” collection, plus vintage diamond and platinum bracelets and a hairclip from the “Private Collection.” Farmiga, in a fan-pleated red Marchesa gown, wore Fred Leighton 1920s diamond and platinum ear clips with opal, 1960s diamond cluster cocktail ring and a diamond and platinum leaf brooch in her hair. Mulligan, meanwhile, paired an edgy Prada number with a Fred Leighton-designed Everlon diamond knot ring, 19th century pear-shaped diamond ring and 19th century cascading earrings featuring diamond briolettes–perhaps the most dramatic earrings on the Oscars red carpet.
Everlon got plenty of play at last night’s event. In addition to the ring worn by Mulligan, Everlon diamond knot designs were seen on actresses Amy Landecker, Deborah Ann Woll, Demi Lovato, Emma Roberts and Rashida Jones, not to mention sightings on actor Nick Cannon and Jonas Brothers Kevin and Nick Jonas.
Though necklaces were fewer on the red carpet, a handful of high-profile stars donned diamond-studded versions, including Helen Mirren in an oval-shape diamond necklace from Chopard, Kate Winslet in a yellow diamond necklace created exclusively for her by Tiffany, Kathy Bates in Diamond in the Rough’s “Astra” necklace and Mariska Hargitay in a Fred Leighton 19th century diamond cluster necklace.