Apparently after the overdose of emeralds (is there such a thing?) at January’s Golden Globes, Hollywood was feeling a little color-shy when it came to jewelry at the 90th Academy Awards on March 4. The red carpet at the Dolby Theatre was awash in diamonds, plus a well-placed colored stone here and there. Fortunately, we love us some diamonds—especially when used liberally. Without further ado, our five favorite looks from the 2018 Academy Awards.
When is it permissible to wear diamond studs to an award show? When you’re wearing 128 cts. worth of diamond jewelry—including a Riviera necklace that weighs in at 55.26 cts. alone. (To say nothing of the bracelets and Asscher-cut ring.) Janney (pictured, top)—the best supporting actress winner for her turn as skater Tonya Harding’s chain-smoking trailer-trash mom in I, Tonya—was the epitome of elegance in a custom crimson Reem Acra gown with floor-length angel sleeves.
Forevermark by Rahaminov diamond Riviera necklace in platinum with 55.26 cts. t.w. diamonds; (from top) Forevermark by Rahaminov diamond line bracelets in 18k white gold with 6.8 cts. t.w. and 10.12 cts. t.w. diamonds and in platinum with 27.02 cts. t.w. diamonds
Sizable diamond-drop earrings and a double-strand diamond necklace would be too much on almost any other actress. But the rest of Ashley Judd’s look was so simple—especially the Badgley Mischka amethyst gown, with its delicately ruched bodice—that the effect was totally glam, not gaudy. All those Bulgari diamonds framing her face (bonus points for the supersoft makeup) supplied her with her own personal spotlight.
Bulgari high jewelry earrings in white gold with 1.18 cts. t.w. diamonds and 8.99 cts. t.w. pavé-set diamonds; necklace in platinum with diamonds, circa 1930; bracelet in platinum with diamonds, 1939
We expected the star of Wonder Woman to wow us, but we’ll just say it again: Wow. As if Gadot’s ultra-fierce, fringed Givenchy gunmetal gown wasn’t sparkly enough, there’s the necklace: an Art Deco–inspired platinum design featuring 61 cts. t.w. aquamarines (including a 27 ct. drop) and more than 1,000 diamonds, brand-new from the 2018 Tiffany Blue Book collection. According to Tiffany & Co. chief artistic officer Reed Krakoff, it took nearly a year to procure and cut the stones for the necklace.
One of my personal all-time favorite red-carpet gowns of all time is Michelle Williams’ saffron chiffon Vera Wang confection from the 2006 Oscars. So when Lady Bird writer-director Greta Gerwig walked out in this goldenrod Rodarte gown, I had a major Michelle Williams flashback—in a good way. As for jewelry, like they did for the Golden Globes, Gerwig and stylist Cristina Ehrlich went into the Tiffany archives, this time choosing a delicate moonstone design created by Louis Comfort Tiffany (circa 1910–20). Gerwig (and Lady Bird) may have gone home empty-handed, but she’s tops in my book.
While Black Panther continues its triumphant box-office run ($700 million and counting!), the stars of the movie continue to slay on the red carpet. Lupita Nyong’o was a vision in a metallic Versace gown and Niwaka jewelry, Chadwick Boseman was perfectly regal in Givenchy couture…and then there was Danai Gurira, rocking a light blush Gabriela Hearst gown (proving pink can be totally edgy), a fresh Vernon Scott haircut (inspired by African ancestral tribal face paint), and super-modern Messika diamonds—which included an ear cuff, a 36-plus carat choker, and 13-plus carat bracelet. Wakanda forever!
Messika Siren Song choker with 36.21 cts. t.w. diamonds
(Janney, Judd, Gurira: Getty; Gadot: Instar; Gerwig: @rodarte)