Jewelry had some stiff competition at the 74th Golden Globe Awards in Los Angeles last night—in the form of a parade of high-shine metallic sheaths and gowns, and frocks riddled to the hilt with jeweled collars, straps, and other sparkling embellishments.
Felicity Jones’ stunning pale pink Gucci gown featured a huge bejeweled bow on the waistline, while Emily Ratajkowski donned a yellow Reem Acra confection featuring a jeweled collar that extended nearly to her knees in front. Emma Stone’s delicate Valentino gown was covered in silver stars. And Meryl Streep, the radiant recipient of the Cecil B. DeMille Award, wore a Givenchy dress covered in kumquat-size shards of multicolored…glass? Plastic? No matter. It represented the gown-as-jewelry trend, which was huge, beautifully.
But ultimately, more was more last night—and jewelry found its way into the spotlight. Starlets clad in head-to-toe metallic—including Ruth Negga, Sofia Vergara, Kristen Bell, Amy Adams, and Naomie Harris—didn’t shy away from pairing bold jewelry with their reflective dresses.
Here, a handful of trends that dominated:
Ruth Negga in a custom Louis Vuitton gown and a Fred Leighton cuff featuring a Gemfields Mozambique ruby (photo courtesy of Getty Images), and a closeup of the bracelet
Blake Lively in Lorraine Schwartz emerald cuffs (photo courtesy of Lorraine Schwartz/Getty)
Wonder Woman-chunky cuffs were big on the carpet. Julia Louis-Dreyfus donned a diamond-covered Chopard cuff, while Kristen Wiig paired a plain gold Chanel cuff with her prim lace Reem Acra gown. But the best cuffs of the night belonged to Ruth Negga (pictured at top), nominee for best actress in a motion picture, who sported a showstopping Fred Leighton cuff featuring a gargantuan Mozambique ruby from Gemfields with her custom Louis Vuitton silver sheath, which made her look like a very beautiful robot; and Blake Lively (pictured above), who wore stunning cuffs featuring huge green emeralds from Lorraine Schwartz.
Sofia Vergara in Lorraine Schwartz earrings (photo courtesy of Instagram/@sofiavergara)
Earrings were all over the map last night—with intricate diamond styles, small and large, dominating as usual. But more than a few celebrities opted for swingy, shoulder-grazing earring looks. Best actress in a motion picture nominee Natalie Portman teamed cascading diamond Tiffany & Co. earrings with her (bejeweled) ’60s-inspired Prada gown, while Sofia Vergara (pictured above) donned edgy diamond-and–yellow gold danglers from Lorraine Schwartz that climbed up her lobes—punctuating her va-va-voom all-gold look.
Neil Lane diamond and platinum wave ear crawlers, worn by Anna Kendrick
Speaking of climbers, the swooping style (bejeweled to the gills, naturally) was the other prevalent earring trend—a holdover from last year that’s still going strong. Regina King opted for curvy lines of white gold and diamond that traveled the length of her ears, while Naomie Harris chose serpentine diamond danglers that crept up her lobes. Anna Kendrick, dressed in diaphanous blue-gray Vionnet, decorated both ears with chunky white gold–and-diamond climbers. Best actress in a motion picture winner Isabelle Huppert, who won for her role in Elle, went all in on a big-earring look that included several gold and jeweled huggies and climbers.
Emma Stone—posted on Instagram by her stylist, Petra Flannery—pre-show in a vintage Tiffany & Co. choker (photo courtesy of Instagram/@petraflannery)
Michelle Williams in a ribbon choker (photo courtesy of her stylist, Kate Young via Instagram/@kateyoung)
Nicole Kidman in a Fred Leighton choker (photo courtesy of Charlotte Tilbury via Instagram/@ctilburymakeup)
Chokers, the necklace style du jour, were everywhere, in a multitude of incarnations. There were chunky diamond chokers (see Reese Witherspoon’s blingy Tiffany & Co. necklace), more delicate models (Nicole Kidman’s thin diamond strands from Fred Leighton), and—more modern-feeling still—the choker that dangles. La La Land’s Emma Stone—who nabbed the best actress in a motion picture, musical or comedy, award—wore a circa-1909 Art Deco Tiffany & Co. diamond pendant choker that was styled perfectly with her gauzy, starry gown. The most hotly debated jewelry look of the night was, in fact, a choker—but was hardly jewelry at all. Michelle Williams, a best supporting actress in a motion picture nominee for Manchester by the Sea, tied a black velvet ribbon around her neck in place of a necklace. It wasn’t a favorite for many fashion fans, but the sweet adornment reminded me of the first time Sofia Coppola wore flat shoes on the red carpet in the early aughts. At the time, it was so defiant of prevailing red-carpet norms, it was something close to thrilling. Considering how much incredible jewelry is at Williams’ fingertips, should she want it, her ribbon felt similarly rebellious.
Busy Phillips in Irene Neuwirth (photo courtesy of Instagram/@ireneneuwirth)
Anna Chlumsky in bold gold (photo courtesy of Rex/Shutterstock)
Tempering all that icy white metal and diamonds on the Globes’ carpet was a mini-trend toward bold, ’70s-style gold. Busy Phillips and Sophia Bush both donned yellow gold–and-colored-gemstone earrings from Irene Neuwirth, while Veep star Anna Chlumsky sported bold yellow gold hoops with her sculptural emerald gown. All were a nice palette cleanser.
Janelle Monáe put pearls in her updo (photo courtesy of Getty Images)
Sarah Jessica Parker, who wore a somewhat overwhelming Vera Wang white shoulderless gown last night, gussied up her Princess Leia–style braided updo with lines of sparkles in her hair parts. Were they black diamonds? Crystals? Who cares—they were gorgeous. Janelle Monáe also put jewels in her ’do. The Hidden Figures star dressed up her retro hairstyle with a smattering of pretty, tiny pearls.
Tracee Ellis Ross and her fists full of bling (photo courtesy of Frazer Harrison/Wireimage)
Trends aside, the jewelry moment of the evening belonged to best actress in a television series winner Tracee Ellis Ross, who boasted major diamond rings on every finger—distracting many jewelry lovers from her brilliant acceptance speech! The actress’ layered-ring look included styles from Noudar, L’Dezen by Payal Shah, Yeprem, Kavant & Sharart, and Hueb.
Those rings—well, they ruled them all.