By Deborah Yonick, jewelry style expert
Hollywood's embrace of color continues in apparel and accessories on the red carpet at the 70th annual Golden Globe® Awards, January 13. The buzz was for customized creations like Naomi Watts' oxblood Zac Posen and Julianne Moore's graphic black and white Tom Ford that broke from the status quo body-conscious bias-cut dress, strapless mermaid silhouette and princess ball gown.
The most memorable jewels were special designs in rich color, like Watts custom-made Lorraine Schwartz blackened lavender jade, ruby and diamond earrings with more than 15-carats of rubies, and an 8-carat ruby and diamond ring; and Moore in a Bulgari platinum ring with nearly 10 carats of emerald.
Popular gown colors at the soiree include a variety of reds, eggplant and lavender, seafoam and navy blue, and ballet pink. But black is back in a range of textures like satin, sequin and lace, and color blocked with white.
Translated in jewlry: rubies ruled, as in the Lorraine Schwartz stunners worn by Emily Blunt—bold earrings set with ruby, pink sapphire and diamonds, ruby and diamond ring, and ruby, pink sapphire and diamond bangle, which popped against her gold Elie Saab gown. Taylor Swift also dazzled in Lorraine Schwartz blackened platinum ruby and diamond earrings and cognac and brown and white diamond rings against her burgundy Donna Karan number. And, Claire Danes rocked a red Versace with Lorraine Schwartz platinum earrings set with 12 carats of unheated rubies with diamond baguettes, and a three-stone ruby and diamond pinky ring.
Other celebrities saw red, too, as the perfect option, including Fred Leighton fans actress Tracy Pollan in 19th century ruby and diamond flower pendant earrings in silver on gold and carved ruby scarab gold ring; “Veep” Julia Louis-Dreyfus in ruby with onyx and diamond platinum ring; and “Smash” Megan Hilty in 1920's and Edwardian ruby and diamond platinum rings. Also radiant, “Glee” star Jane Lynch in ruby earrings with an armful of multi-color sapphire and diamond bracelets by OFIRA; and Miss Golden Globe 2013, Francesca Eastwood, with ruby, opal and diamond gold butterfly brooch by Neil Lane in her hair.
Blue skies shined on the carpet with seafoam and navy the most popular shades. Great examples in jewelry: Lucy Liu (“Elementary”) in Paraiba tourmaline and diamond pink gold ring by Lorraine Schwartz; Salma Hayek (“Savages”) in Paraiba tourmaline cabochon earrings by Martin Katz ; Julianna Margulies (“The Good Wife”) in 1930's Fred Leighton sapphire and gold dome ring; a nd Shaun Robinson (“Access Hollywood”) in Abellan New York earrings set with over 70 carats of London blue topaz, turquoise, ruby, pink tourmaline, amethyst and diamonds and ring with 21 carats of pink amethyst and sapphire and emerald.
Emerald remains a red carpet favorite brilliantly illustrated by E! Red Carpet host Kelly Osbourne in Jacob & Co. emerald drop platinum earrings with floral post in natural pearls and diamonds (worth over $3 million), and Colombian emerald platinum ring with cushion-cut center surrounded by 9 carats of diamonds.
Other stars popping fashion's favorite hue, Lea Michele (“Glee”) flashed emerald and diamond platinum earrings and a bracelet by Lorraine Schwartz; Sarah Hyland (“Modern Family”), also in Schwartz, wore carved emerald and diamond blackened platinum earrings and ring; and Nicole Kidman dripped in Fred Leighton Victorian emerald and blue enamel and diamond ring, 19th century blue enamel, pearl and diamond gold earrings, and antique blue enamel gold snake bangle. Attention nabbing, too, was “Downton Abbey's” Michelle Dockery in emerald and diamond yellow gold earrings and ring by Bulgari; and Lauren Parsekian, fiancée of "Breaking Bad's" Aaron Paul, in emerald earrings and ring, totaling over 70 carats, by AGTA Member Dena Kemp.
Key trend, black is back, as many stars strutted ebony gowns and accessories including Neil Lane fans and “Smash” co-stars Katharine McPhee in black diamond link bracelet, black and white diamond ring and onyx and diamond earrings in platinum; and Anjelica Huston in black and white diamond platinum ring, chain necklace and bracelet, and citrine, black and white diamond earrings. Other notables include “American Horror Story: Asylum” star Jessica Lange in black onyx 18K rose gold earrings and ring by Irene Neuwirth ; and NBC broadcaster Savannah Guthrie in Fred Leighton Art Deco black onyx, jade and diamond platinum pendant earrings.
Blush shades, especially petal pink and peach were popular, in apparel and accessories as worn by “The Big Bang Theory” star Mayim Bialik in morganite and diamond drop platinum earrings by AGTA Member Erica Courtney. In Lorraine Schwartz: “Girls” Allison Williams in coral diamond blackened platinum earrings and conch pearl diamond platinum ring; “This is 40” star Megan Fox in coral, ruby bead and diamond drop pink-gold earrings, and ruby diamond white gold ring; and actress Rosario Dawson in lavender jade and diamond platinum earrings. Another must mention, “Breaking Bad” Anna Gunn in pink opal, Mexican fire opal and diamond earrings and fire opal ring, both in 18K rose gold by Irene Neuwirth.
Styles we'd be remiss not to mention: “The New Girl” star Zooey Deschanel in Kwiat pearl jewelry; model mogul Heidi Klum in over 60 carats of multi-colored diamond gold earrings, fish cuff and rings; and Katrina Parker of "The Voice" after-party hopping in AGTA Member Bellarri rhodolite, mother of pearl and diamond necklace and amethyst, white onyx and diamond earrings and bracelet.
Red Carpet Takeaways
• Statement gem drop earrings
• Gem encrusted bangles stacked
• Bold gem cocktail ring, and more than one
• Preferred gems include ruby, emerald, sapphire, tourmaline, opal, jade, onyx, and black, brown and cognac diamonds