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Red Hot Red Carpet at 71st Golden Globes

By Deborah Yonick, jewelry style expert

The first major red carpet event of the New Year, the 71st Golden Globes did not disappoint fashion faithfuls tuning in to see what their favorite celebrities were wearing. While a spectrum of looks in eveningwear flourished from structured to flowing, strapless to long sleeves, there were several strong trends including shades of red, black and white, shimmer and shine, and a fringe element most prominently expressed in earrings, pendants and bracelets.

It's the jewelry that completes the style statement, often adding the wow to basic black or serving to layer shades monochromatically or in contrast to add depth and texture. “The red carpet is the first time consumers get to see jewelry working in tandem with the latest fashions to create a cohesive style statement,” hails Michael O'Connor, jewelry stylist and Reelz Channel host of MovieStyle with Michael O'Connor.

Emerald, Pantone's 2013 Color of the Year continues to be a key choice to pop color on the carpet. “Rush” actress Olivia Wilde showed off her baby bump in an emerald sequin Gucci gown; while “Wolf of Wall Street” star Margot Robbi wore a white Gucci with emerald crystal trim and emerald platform heels. But it was the green gems that stole the show, especially jewels like the sugarloaf cabochon emerald and diamond platinum ring by Neil Lane on Jennifer Lawrence, Best Supporting Actress for “American Hustle,” in white Dior with black trim. She also flashed stunning green jade drop earrings with black spinel, onyx, black diamonds, and coral in platinum, and four black and white diamond bracelets.

Gorgeous in a green Jenny Packham gown, the amazing Helen Mirren wore emerald jewels by Bulgari, including emerald and diamond platinum drop earrings from the collection of Gina Lollobrigida, emerald and diamond platinum and gold bracelet from its Heritage Collection, and gold ring set with emeralds, sapphires, spinel and diamond pave from its High Jewelry Collection. While Kyra Sedgwick (known for her role in “The Closer”) contrasted her coral J. Mendel gown with dangling one-of-a-kind Colombian emerald drop earrings with amazonite and diamond accents in 18K yellow gold by Irene Neuwirth.

Gems that lean between green and blue are also popular, including the outstanding carved floral turquoise and diamond necklace by Lorraine Schwartz topping the strapless black Zac Posen on Sofia Vergara, nominated for her role in “Modern Family.” Emma Roberts, "American Horror Story: Coven" star, sported turquoise drop diamond and platinum earrings by Neil Lane. And, “Dexter's” Aimee Garcia was spied at post-Globe parties in H.Stern “Elegance” aquamarine earrings and ring in 18K white gold.

Celebrities also saw red in dress and gems, particularly rubies. Nominated songstress Taylor Swift was decked out in over 25 carats of Lorraine Schwartz unheated rubies and diamonds including cascading earrings and a flower cluster three-finger ring. And, Amy Adams, Best Actress winner for her role in “American Hustle,” flashed two 18K yellow gold rings, one with a 10-carat unheated ruby and the other 6 carats, a la Schwartz. Both ladies frocked in shades of red.

Pink and coral were also part of the group, with these Lorraine Schwartz stunners on Zoe Saldana of “Avatar” fame and “Modern Family's” Sarah Hyland. Saldana wore vivid pink diamond upper ear studs and a 10-carat natural fancy grey diamond ring framed with intense pink diamonds in pink gold. Hyland dressed in bold coral and a diamond pinky ring. Actress Garcelle Beauvais, was spotted at after parties wearing rose quartz drop earrings and a tourmaline ring by, AGTA Member, Paula Crevoshay.

Ethereal gems like moonstone and rock crystal have become red carpet favorites, beautifully illustrated in Irene Neuwirth jewels worn by musician Joanna Newsom, Sarah Paulson (“12 Years A Slave” and "American Horror Story: Coven"), and Sedgwick. Newsom framed her face in peach moonstone, opal and diamond earrings in 18K rose gold. Paulson wore crystal opal drop earrings and a blue moonstone bracelet in 18K gold. And, Sedgwick flashed a rainbow moonstone and diamond 18K gold ring. In H.Stern, “E!” red carpet host Kelly Osbourne also wore its “Moonlight” ring in rock crystal and diamonds set in 18K Noble Gold.

Classically chic, black and white remains a strong combination in apparel, and jewelry is the ideal layering component to achieve new takes on this old favorite. “Breaking Bad's” Betsy Brandt wore black onyx earrings with yellow and white diamonds by Fei Liu against her Alice + Olivia black top and white with black print skirt . Actress Leslie Mann paired black onyx and gold earrings and a jade gold bracelet by Neil Lane against her Dolce & Gabbana black lace strapless number. Jenna Dewan-Tatum (“Witches of East End”) topped her Roberto Cavalli strapless white gown with black lace overlay with stunning emerald-cut black onyx and diamond pave gold earrings by Irene Neuwirth. And, Fred Leighton fan, Kerry Washington, nominated for role in “Scandal,” wore an Art Deco onyx and diamond platinum ring and rock crystal and diamond platinum brooch.

Most notable, as always, was model mogul Heidi Klum flaunting a 200-carat black diamond necklace with 10-carat center diamond worth over $1 million, and black diamond earrings and ring by Lorraine Schwartz.

Pearls also proved powerful on the red carpet. Nominee “New Girl” Zooey Deschanel is undoubtedly a pearl girl on the red carpet, this time wearing pearl, citrine and diamond flower platinum earrings and a pearl and diamond platinum ring and bracelet by Neil Lane that looked lovely against her ivory tulle gown embroidered with pearls and crystals from Oscar de la Renta's spring 2014 collection. Nominee Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Enough Said” and “Veep”) also wore Victorian pearl pendant earrings in antique gold. And, Janet McTeer, nominated for her role in “The White Queen,” was adorned in, AGTA Member, Erica Courtney's regal “Maltese” drop pearl and diamond platinum earrings.

Gleaned for the 2014 awards season, O'Connor expects to see more edgy, statement styles. Most notable, designers are reinterpreting traditional chandelier earrings by adding bold gems, mixing metals, and creating unique shapes. He says Hollywood stars are still drawn to the beauty of emerald. And black hues will continue to be popular in jewelry design featuring blackened metal or deep black gems that create a dramatic effect on the red carpet.

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