Red Carpet Jewelry Trends: Best Jewelry from 2012 Oscars

I love watching and live-tweeting the red carpet with other jewelry awards-show watchers. Yes, it’s frivolous, but it is FUN! I don’t usually write my own recaps–I love reading the wrap-ups from certain jewelry people, such as Charm and Chain founder, Ali Galgano, and Cheryl Kremkow’s Blog. But I was inspired this time, so in case you missed it, or need details, here’s my round up of favorites.

Favorite Jewelry Looks from 2012 Oscars

My favorite jewelry ensemble, hands down, was Gwyneth Paltrow’s enormous, gorgeous “Hearts of Winter” pave cuff bracelet and Duchess Hibiscus Ring by Anna Hu. The blanc de blanc look of 6+ inches of diamond cuff against the white Tom Ford gown was simply breathtaking. And it looked great while she roughed up Robert Downey Junior during their mock argument. Why was he messing with Wonder Woman?

Gwyneth Paltrow Cuff Bracelet Oscars

Close-up of Gwyneth Paltrow wearing Hearts of Winter one-of-a-kind bracelet by Anna Hu, containing 2368 rose-cut diamonds weighing 163 carats TW, valued at $1,000,000, and Duchess Hibiscus ring with diamonds and purple sapphires.

My second favorite look of the night was Irene Neuwirth’s dazzling one-of-a-kind Boulder Opal earrings on Busy Phillips. Geometric, yet organically-drawn slabs of extraordinary opal are surrounded by pave diamonds, then are suspended by loops that extend almost to her shoulder. They are from Irene’s Diamond Collection, and are available from Barney’s. I am so happy to see Irene get some love on the red carpet, she deserves it for her amazing designs and totally fresh take on Hollywood glamour.

Busy Phillips in Irene Neuwirth Earrings

Busy Phillips in Irene Neuwirth one-of-a-kind earrings Boulder Opal and Diamond Earrings, Retail $63,850.

Sitting next to Busy Phillips as her “date”, bff Michelle Williams had another look I loved: a slightly edgier version of the classic diamond necklace by Fred Leighton for Forevermark. Though very simple, blackened silver over gold highlighted the diamonds in a way that made it edgy and modern. Some version of this would be a totally wearable necklace to pull off for special occasions for those of us who aren’t celebrities.

Video of Michelle Williams Oscars 2012, showing the gorgeous necklace by Fred Leighton for Forevermark.

Michelle Williams at 2012 Oscars

Michelle Williams and the Fred Leighton for Forevermark necklace, 30 carats TW of round diamonds, set into blackened silver over gold.

Speaking of glamour, I thought that Natalie Portman exuded that classic Old Hollywood Glamour last night. She wore a V-shaped Harry Winston necklace that looked so supple, it was almost as if it were fabric, and equally gorgeous drop earrings. Paired with her vintage Dior gown, I loved the look of unapologetic diamond jewelry. Sometimes I just want to see something pure and lovely.

Natalie Portman 2012 Oscars Harry Winston

Natalie Portman wearing Harry Winston V-shaped platinum and diamond necklace and drop earrings.

Oscar Jewelry Trend #1: The Necklace is Back

Overall, the 2012 Oscars seemed a little safe this year. No one took huge risks with their gowns or color combos as in seasons past (or even other shows this year, like the major colored gem pieces from the Golden Globes), BUT I feel that jewelry really won this time around. There were big diamond necklaces, paired with earrings that complemented in scale but also weren’t just studs. Cameron Diaz, Penelope Cruz, Natalie Portman, and Michelle Williams all had gorgeous versions of diamond Riviere necklaces (as in, “river of diamonds” around the neck). Compared to the bare necks of previous shows, I thought this was a welcome change, and shows that necklaces aren’t passe.

Penelope Cruz Oscars 2012 Necklace

Penelope Cruz wearing Chopard Diamonds at the 2012 Oscars

Oscar Jewelry Trend #2: Jewelry on the Body

I know everyone is talking about Angelina’s Right Leg (it’s trending on Twitter, and has it’s own account), but the placement of Neil Lane diamond brooches on her back was pretty awesome. I always love it when people think of a different way to wear a piece of jewelry, like Nicole Kidman’s necklace worn down her back last year, or repurposing a necklace as a headband as Carey Mulligan did in 2010.

Oscar Jewelry Trend #3: Emulate Oscar

Gold isn’t just for the statue. Another trend is glimmering gold, either by itself ala the grande dame Meryl Streep’s vintage Neil Lane earrings, or paired with diamonds or gems, as in Stacey Keibler’s sparkling Lorraine Schwartz drop earrings.

Oscar Jewelry Trend #4: Color

Color continues to shine, as in Tina Fey’s Bulgari sapphire and emerald earrings, and I was waiting to see what stunning piece of jewelry Irene Neuwirth might dress someone in (see above). I was not disappointed, and saw other examples of emeralds, sapphires, and pin-hued gems.

Viola Davis 2012 Oscars

Viola Davis in Lorraine Schwartz Emerald and Diamond Drop Earrings and diamond cuff, love the incredible detailed overlay on the gems.

Oscar Jewelry Trend #5: The Statement Bracelet

Gwyneth Paltrow’s cuff was a MAJOR piece and continues the statement bracelet/cuff trend seen from earlier shows. I also loved the cuff on Viola Davis and the piece of sculpture on Emma Stone’s wrist.

Emma Stone Bracelet Oscars 2012

Close up of Emma Stone wearing Louis Vuitton High Jewelry Pre-Fall 2012 Collection bracelet.

So, what do you think of my favorites? Who won your award for best jewelry, or best dressed, at the Oscars this year?

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