Monday, February 23, 2015

Top 8 Jewels at the 2015 Academy Awards

Margot Robbie in Van Cleef & Arpels and Saint Laurent. Stunning!

What a feast for the jewelry-loving eyes at this year’s Academy Awards! And unlike last month’s Golden Globes, where it seemed to be all about the Big Earring, the Oscars did not disappoint with its range of gorgeous eye-popping jewelry of every stripe. Just when I thought I’d seen the best thing I’d see all night, another gigantic necklace or pair of earrings came into view on the TV screen. You’d laugh at all the notes I wrote to remind myself what jewelry I wanted to learn more about after the show was over!

Here is my roundup of the Top 8 Jewels on the red carpet last night. This list is skewed towards jewelry first, gown and overall look second. I am finding that is a terrific way for me to hone in on what I really love about all of these ensembles.

1. Margot Robbie in Van Cleef & Arpels.

Australian actress Margot Robbie (anybody else remember her as one of the stewardesses on the short-lived Pan Am?) knocked it out of the park with this black Saint Laurent dress paired with a Van Cleef & Arpels Zip necklace worth $1.5 million. Don’t forget that I am analyzing this picture with eyes fresh off the FIT exhibit on YSL + Halston, so this look is like the sexiest update of that 70s vibe possible and I was very excited to see a Van Cleef & Arpels Zip necklace at the Oscars. The idea for this necklace was originally conceived in 1938 by VCA designer René-Sim Lacaze and the Duchess of Windsor, who wanted a piece of jewelry that zipped, but French jewelry production was brought to a standstill during World War II, so the Zip necklace was not completed until 1951. As you can see, it still looks stunning today! The zipper is fully functional, so this necklace can be zipped to become a bracelet. It is an amazing technical feat by Van Cleef & Arpels. This necklace is an exact replica of the original (and final) 1951 design, and is made of sapphires and diamonds set in yellow gold.

Margot Robbie. Photo by Jordan Strauss.

2. Cate Blanchett in Tiffany & Co.

Cate never seems to disappoint on the red carpet and this was another outstanding look from her, with a black velvet John Galliano for Maison Margiela gown paired with a huge and gorgeous Tiffany & Co. turquoise and diamond necklace. I think I fainted a little when I saw this necklace, the color is just so beautiful against black, and it was the first big necklace I saw last night, as well as the first sign that this awards show was not going to be just about earrings. I was thrilled!

Cate Blanchett in a Tiffany & Co. turquoise and diamond necklace.

I am weeping right now just looking at this necklace. Amazing! Picture from Twitter.

Photo by Wire Image.

This look on Cate was all about the necklace. And her back! Photo by David Fisher.

3. Viola Davis in Van Cleef & Arpels.

Viola Davis was wearing another necklace that had me scrambling to the TV for a closer look. This is also by Van Cleef & Arpels, this one made of pearls and diamonds, and I love it with her Zac Posen dress, big smile and those lashes. Viola looked amazing!

Viola Davis in Van Cleef & Arpels and Zac Posen. Photo from Just Jared.

Love this color on Viola!

4. Julianne Moore in Chopard.

Julianne was last night’s Best Actress winner for Still Alice and I cannot get over how luminous she looked in these beyond-beautiful Chopard diamond earrings and Chanel gown made especially for her! I thought this was the epitome of what you want a Best Actress Oscar winner to look like when she makes her acceptance speech—radiant, happy, supremely talented, and in the prime of her life! (I hope her husband bought her those earrings as a congratulatory present and I bet Uncle Karl and his team at Chanel gave her the dress to keep!)

Best Actress winner Julianne Moore in Chopard diamond earrings.

The earrings from another angle. Magnificent!

A radiant Julianne Moore in custom (!) Chanel and Chopard earrings. Could she be more beautiful?

5. Gwyneth Paltrow in Anna Hu Haute Joaillerie.

Gwyneth was wearing a glorious pair of Anna Hu Haute Joaillerie Fire Phoenix earrings, made of white gold, rubellites, diamonds, sapphires, and tourmalines, which are worth $425,000. I thought they were just stunning, especially with her blush-pink Ralph & Russo dress which I loved for its slender silhouette, one sleeve, and oversized rose at her shoulder! I know a lot of people don’t like Gwyneth but I’m not one of them and I actually like her comedy more than her work as a dramatic actress. I think she is a hilarious and fearless comedienne, plus I think she likes wine as much as I do. I’d meet her for a drink and some laughs any time!

Gwyneth Paltrow in Anna Hu Fire Phoenix earrings. Wow! Photo by Jeff Kravitz.

I love these earrings on Gwynnie!

Gwyneth in a blush pink Ralph & Russo dress. Love that big rose!

6. America Ferrera in Irene Neuwirth.

America looked both ethereal and glamorous in her turquoise and diamond Irene Neuwirth earrings. I love turquoise on her, especially since she paired these beauties with a dreamy teal Jenny Packham gown. I was so glad to see someone in a rich color since so many of the gowns were pale-hued. Doesn’t she look lovely?

America Ferrera in amazing Irene Neuwirth earrings and Jenny Packham gown.

I really loved this look on America. Great colors on her!

7. Naomi Watts in Anna Hu Haute Joaillerie.

Naomi, like Gwyneth, wore earrings by Anna Hu Haute Joaillerie. These were the Modern Art Deco earrings, featuring purple-toned sapphires weighing over 50 carats and round brilliant-cut diamonds, all set in white gold, and are worth $3 million! Naomi was also wearing an Anna Hu bracelet with just over 34-carats’ worth of diamonds called the Wallis Simpson Bracelet. I liked the fabric of Naomi’s unusual Armani gown, and the front of it, but not the back, which seemed a little too beachy and casual for the Oscars. What did you think of it? I did like, very much, her dark manicure, a perfect foil for both the dress and jewels.

Glorious Anna Hu sapphire and diamond earrings on Naomi Watts. The manicure is good too! Photo from ibnlive.

I like the front of this Armani gown on Naomi, but not the back detail. Photo by Steve Granitz.

8. Lupita Nyong’o in Calvin Klein (and Chopard).

My special award goes to Lupita Nyong’o for this unbelievably beautiful custom-made Calvin Klein gown embellished with over 6,000 real and faux pearls. She added Chopard diamond drop earrings but who needs them when your dress is the jewelry? Superb look on Lupita and the top of many best dressed lists for the night!

Lupita Nyong’o in a drop-dread gorgeous custom Calvin Klein pearl-encrusted gown. My jaw is on the floor.

Amazing back detail.

That is some dress!

I would love to hear about your favorite pieces of jewelry on the red carpet last night! Let me know what they were and who wore them!


Suzanne Carillo said...

I do so love Cate's necklace. I am a huge fan of turquoise.


rosie said...


What beautiful jewelry! My fav is Cate Blanchett's turquoise necklace - I'm very partial to turquoise. Margot's Robbie's vintage style necklace is a very, very close second.

Still cannot get over Lupita's pearl dress - have never seen anything like it, ever. Stunning & memorable.

I did notice that the hairstyles were very simple which I think helped showcase the jewelry to its best.

Their stylists deserve a round of applause.

rosie said...


What beautiful jewelry! My fav is Cate Blanchett's turquoise necklace - I'm very partial to turquoise. Margot's Robbie's vintage style necklace is a very, very close second.

Still cannot get over Lupita's pearl dress - have never seen anything like it, ever. Stunning & memorable.

I did notice that the hairstyles were simple which helped showcase the jewelry to its best.

Their stylists deserve a round of applause.

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

I adore Cate's necklace...the whole look for that matter...very chic!

Linda said...

Jill, all your choices are excellent!! But, my favorite is Naomi's sapphire earrings. Over the top gorgeous!!! Loving the blush pink gowns as well. So much to look at here...

Coulda shoulda woulda said...

The jewels were better than the dresses I think..,

Anonymous said...

The great Cate stood out the most for me. Margot Robbie was lovely too.

Anonymous said...

:-) Lupita's dress is to die for!
And I am totally in love with Cat's necklace. Julienne's Chopard earrings are a dream…oh, I think everything is stunning!
Love the post! Thanks, Jill!
I do need to come to the US the next time it's Academy Awards time, because I can't see it where I live.
Have a lovely week! xo :-)

Jill said...

Hi Suzanne! Yeah that turquoise necklace on Cate is just stunning. You would've laughed to hear how excited I was to see it! XO, Jill

Jill said...

Hi Rosie! I loved all three of those necklaces so much--the Van Cleef Zip, the Van Cleef pearl, and the Tiffany turquoise, the jewels were just exquisite this year! I think you are right about the hairstyles being simple, and I'm with you, the stylists definitely deserve a round of applause. And a week's vacation, I'm sure, to recover from a hectic few weeks! XO, Jill

Jill said...

Hi Pam, I agree, Cate looked so chic Sunday night. Her look is the one I could most picture myself wearing. She looked comfortable and beautiful! XO, Jill

Jill said...

Mom is that you? Interesting that you picked Naomi's earrings as your favorite. They are stunning. I think Anna Hu has been featured in my jewelry calendar for the last two years but will have to go back and check. She does a lot of multicolored pave work featuring gigantic flowers. Amazing pieces. I am her newest fan! XO, Jill

Jill said...

Hi Naomi, I think you may be right, in many cases I thought the jewels were better than the dresses. As for these selections, I have to wonder if the stylist started with the jewelry, then got around to the dress. I would not be surprised if that was the case with Cate or Margot. XO, Jill

Jill said...

Hi Helen! Another vote for Cate! It was fun to watch Twitter have a mini-blowup over her look, especially about the necklace. I can't remember who posted the detailed picture of it I featured here, but I am so grateful to them! XO, Jill

Jill said...

Hi Happyface! Yes, I'm with you and Rosie, Lupita's dress was just stunningly beautiful and so unusual! I loved those Chopard earrings on Julianne, so delicate and sparkly and diamond-y! You should come to the US for the Oscars and go to a viewing party. You would have a great time! XO, Jill

No fear of fashion said...

I hardly dare say it, but I didn't watch. So I am glad you show me all these gorgeous things. Some of the earrings and dresses must have been very heavy to wear!

Sue-Ann said...

I love Viola's makeup and hair there

Nancy Summer Marine said...

Lupita was drop-dead stunning. The pearls, minimal accessories, and her smile are just so gorgeous. In love how things turn out great. But the tiffany jewelry worn by Blanchett was stunning oh so eye catchy.