Britt’s Pick: The Blue That Stole the Academy Awards

It’s finally happened. A first during my time in this industry, we—and by we, I mean the awesome minds lending to the #oscarjewelry Twitterverse—came away from an awards show with nary a complaint about the gems. Sure, some expressed the desire to see more color, but when diamonds like those that adorned beauties such as Naomi Watts, Angelina Jolie, and Jennifer Lawrence were present, it’s hard to complain too much. Still, in a sea of sparkle—both from the diamonds and detailed, shimmering gowns in neutral shades of creme and nude—there was Lupita. Lupita Nyong’o, the newcomer so highly anticipated, both in red carpet appearance and awards success, did not disappoint in either. The Academy Award winner swept the red carpet, bringing to life a custom Prada gown in a shade of blue so heartbreakingly beautiful (dubbed Nairobi Blue as it reminded her of home), that I have a feeling it will be on our minds a lot this year (Radiant Orchid who?). I had to wonder, as she floated down the red carpet so gracefully, if she had already known that her dress would be one for the ages, a creation that won’t soon (or ever) be forgotten when looking back at the best attire from Academy Awards past.


And boy, did she accessorize! Sleek gold Fred Leighton jewels, including a headband, mohawk-style earrings that seem to play off the innocent flow of her dress, TWO pinky rings (she’s killing me!) and a coiled snake wrap bracelet completed the look.


Now, back to that blue. It’s apropros for the month of March, in which we celebrate aquamarine, so now I honor both: the birthstone of the month and that precious shade of blue I just dare you to get out of your mind.

Lisa Nik aquamarine and brown diamond line earrings

Lisa Nik


Michael John Jewelry aquamarine and diamond bracelet

Michael John Jewelry


Alishan platinum aquamarine ring



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