By Deborah Yonick, jewelry style expert
Trends trackers following this year's Primetime Emmy Awards would be hard pressed to cite any one color that stood out on the red carpet. Rather a spectrum of shades of red, green and blue to orange, butter and blush, as well as multi-colored looks were among the standouts in gowns that favored strapless and single shoulder designs, pleats, cut outs and illusions, and embellishment.
Because many of the dresses had a lot going on with sequins, beads, chain, and appliqué, jewelry was more selective and there weren't as many substantial neckpieces. In earrings, Hollywood A-listers favored lobe hugging and ear climbing styles, as well has stiletto and fringe designs. Rings ran the gamut from bold gemmy cocktail to multi-finger and midi types, while wrists were stacked with gem-set bangles or single bold cuff.
As diverse as the colors of dress, were the gems set in platinum, gold and silver, from ruby, emerald and sapphire to citrine, peridot and topaz to black diamond, onyx and crystal. Moreover, pearls continue to garner a lot of attention with luxe looks adorning Elisabeth Moss ("Mad Men"), Christine Baranski ("Good Wife"), and Olivia Culpo ("The Other Woman").
Moss wore vintage William Ruser jewels from Beladora featuring American freshwater pearls earrings, bracelet and ring in platinum and 18K gold with diamonds. While Baranski was radiant in a selection of golden pearls from Chopard's High Jewelry Collection in 18K gold including long earrings set with over 116 carats of golden pearls and golden pearl ring with cognac diamonds. And Culpo, who nearly fainted on the red carpet from the close to 100-degree temperatures, kept her cool wearing South Sea pearl drop and diamond 18K gold earrings and double finger ring by Yoko London.
Celebrities who choose rubies, emeralds and sapphires for the red carpet are always in good company.
Radiant in ruby were Sarah Hyland ("Modern Family") in natural ruby and diamond mesh earrings by Lorraine Schwartz and ruby bands by OFIRA Jewels; Tina Fey ("Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt") in ruby bead and diamond cluster earrings and ruby ring circa 1920, all in platinum by Fred Leighton; Niecy Nash ("Getting On") in ruby and gold Simon G ring; and Tatiana Maslany ("Woman in Gold") in 19th century Fred Leighton ruby and diamond ring in silver on gold.
Effervescent in emerald were Talia Balsam ("Mad Men") in 19th century emerald pendant drop gold earrings by Fred Leighton; Julie Bowen ("Modern Family") in emerald earrings and ring set in sterling silver by Monica Vinader; Sufe Bradshaw ("Veep") sporting stunning carved emerald and gold earrings by Doves by Doron Paloma; Julie Lake ("Orange is the New Black") in pear-shaped emerald (27 carats total weight) and diamond platinum earrings by Shaftel Diamond Co.; and Suzanne Cryer ("Silicon Valley") in a 62.20-carat emerald and diamond necklace from Davani by A&D Gem - one of the few notable neckpieces of the night.
Sensational in sapphire were Selenis Leyva ("Orange Is The New Black") in 33-carat sapphire ring from Davani by A&D Gem, and Naomi Watts ("Birdman" and "St. Vincent") in Bulgari High Jewelry 28.50-carat cushion cut Sri Lankan blue sapphire gold ring.
Color Me Diamond
While white diamonds are always in style for black tie events, many A-listers embrace the rainbow of colors diamonds come in, particularly black, champagne, cognac, and yellow. Among the standouts were Selenis Leyva in black diamond earrings (48.02 carats) with nearly 4 carats of white diamond accents from Davani by A&D Gem; Rachel Brosnahan ("House of Cards") in Djula black diamond star earrings and ring and Borgioni double-finger, black diamond rose ring; and Kristin Dos Santos ("E! Entertainment: and "E! Online") in black and white diamond earrings, bracelets and ring by Le Vian.
Other notables include Sophia Vergara ("Modern Family") in champagne diamond jewels by Lorraine Schwartz; Padma Lakshmi ("Top Chef") flashing a 3.50-carat fancy vivid yellow diamond platinum ring, circa1920 by Fred Leighton; Heidi Klum ("Project Runway") in Lorraine Schwartz canary diamond earrings and triangle ring; and Christine Baranski in Chopard High Jewelry bracelet set with over 27 carats of yellow diamonds in 18K yellow gold.
For any gem lover, there is no such thing as semi precious, as stones beyond the Big Three offer an even bolder impact in color. Hollywood's trendsetters embrace a range of gems set in all types of metals. Some great examples spied on the red carpet include Mindy Kaling ("The Office") in citrine and diamond platinum drop earrings and ring by Neil Lane; Tracee Ellis Ross ("Black-ish") in topaz and gold cuff, studs and ring, also by Neil Lane; and Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live") in peridot and diamond gold ring by Fred Leighton.
Onyx is always a black tie favorite, not just for the men in cufflinks and stud sets, but also for the ladies in designs from Art Deco to modern as seen on Christina Hendricks ("Mad Men") in onyx earrings by Maxior; Amy Poehler ("Parks and Recreation") in long onyx and gold earrings by Neil Lane; Tina Fey ("The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt") in Fred Leghton Art Deco onyx and diamond platinum line bracelet; and Edie Falco ("Nurse Jackie"), also in Fred Leighton, a 1920's onyx and diamond platinum link bracelet.
Other showstoppers worth spotlighting in the Bling Cam include Dascha Polanco ("Orange Is The New Black") in an over 5-carat black opal and diamond ring by John Ford; Lolita Foster ("Orange is the New Black") in paraiba tourmaline earrings (nearly 8 carats total weight) and ring (over 9.50 carats) with diamonds and in 18K gold by Takat Gems; and Emmy winner "Mom" Allison Janney in gemmy jewels including onyx, quartz, moonstone, and pyrite and hematite doublets. Janney's style captures an important trend in adornment - a casual chic that's easy to wear on and off the red carpet, colorful and full of swagger!