Sunday, February 27, 2011

For Your Consideration

In honor of tonight’s 83rd Annual Academy Awards, I am showcasing four amazing, red carpet-worthy necklaces that make up part of the Van Cleef & Arpels exhibit now on view at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum.

Hawaii choker. Paris, France, ca. 1939. Gold sapphires, rubies.

Necklace. New York, NY, 1977. Yellow gold, amethyst, turquoise, diamonds. Also shown, Manchette (cuff) bracelet. Paris, France, 1974. Yellow gold, lapis lazuli.

I was watching Season 3 of The Rachel Zoe Project the other night, and Rachel’s assistant Brad explained that when they use Van Cleef & Arpel jewelry for red carpet appearances, they specifically request things either from the archives or museum-quality pieces, to ensure they are one of a kind. All four of these necklaces fit that bill.

Art Deco necklace. Paris, France, 1928. Diamonds, platinum.

I’m pleased to note that pre-Oscar coverage seems to be starting earlier every year. It’s only fair, football fans have pre-game shows that begin about eight hours before the Superbowl actually gets underway. Really though, I’ve been watching so much Rachel Zoe lately that I feel my own pre-game show started about a week ago.

Necklace. Paris, France, 1957. Yellow gold, topaz, diamonds.

Happy Oscar watching, everyone!

Set in Style: The Jewelry of Van Cleef & Arpels is at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum until June 5, 2011.


sacramento said...

I love, love all of them, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh.
You couldn´t be more right.Football games start nearly half an hour before kick off. Tonight is opur night. I will watch a bit and tape the rest.
Looking forward to the red carpet. yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhh.
Much love and besos my dear Jill.

Cloud of Secrets said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous. That amethyst and turquoise cross necklace is totally me; so many of my favorite things in one piece.

Thanks for the reminder about the Oscars tonight. New illnesses continue in my household -- we're going into week four -- and we had to cancel a trip to Madison today. I can use the distraction of the Oscars during another long, crabby evening stuck in the house.

Veshoevius said...

I have no TV so will have to miss out on seeing the red carpet action - love the last topaz necklace. You can't ever watch enough of Rachel Zoe in my opinion.

Your comment on how people don't dress up in NY to go to the theatre was an eye opener - I kind of had the romantic idea that NY is fully of Sex and The City types glammed up to the nines to go meet friends for coffee!

Anonymous said...

The amethyst beads are my though I'll ever have opportunity to walk a red carpet.

jill815 said...

Hi Sacramento, did you see any of the red carpet? I'm starting to enjoy that more than the Oscars themselves, which can seem too predictable.

jill815 said...

Hi Sarah, I hope everybody is getting better in your household. I think we're on the road to recovery here but I hope I didn't just jinx it by writing that. I didn't feel so good myself last night so it was nice to just cool it on the sofa watch the Oscars. And isn't that amethyst and turquoise necklace divine? I made a beeline for it as soon as I saw it. Amethyst is one of my favorite stones.

jill815 said...

Hi Veshoevius,

I love that topaz necklace too, it looks like weighs a ton, right? Those are big stones and even the "small" stones go all the way around.

I love that you think you can't ever watch too much Rachel Zoe. A woman after my own heart!

As for dressing up in NYC, I think it depends on the situation and the crowd. There are definitely the gals that dress up to meet friends for coffee, and during Fashion's Night Out in September, people were SO dressed up, at least where I was, at 57th and 5th Avenue, outside of Bergdorf's. But I have also come across people at Broadway shows in jeans, usually at matinee showings, and it always makes me crazy. This is not a movie, people! There are live actors on stage performing!

jill815 said...

Hi Terri, thanks for stopping by! With your mix of clothes and literature, I already love your blog. You had me at the red dress poem!

Part of me would love to go to the Oscars and part of me thinks it would be so overwhelming, complete sensory overload. So maybe it would be more fun to wear these amethyst beads at a fancy Hollywood after-Oscar party, glass of champagne in hand.