Oscar jewelry has gone to the dogs…literally.
Not only did Uggie the dog—the scene-stealing star of the newly minted Best Picture winner, The Artist—get his own seat at the 84th annual Academy Awards on Feb. 26, but he also got two (yes, two!) custom collars from 150-year-old Swiss jeweler Chopard.
His Oscar night bow tie, a jaunty little 18k yellow gold and black satin number engraved with Uggie, will be auctioned to benefit the Amanda Foundation, a Los Angeles–based animal rescue group.
“I was completely charmed by Uggie’s role in The Artist,” said Chopard co-president/artistic director Caroline Scheufele in a statement. “Knowing that Uggie is a rescue dog, it inspired me to create a unique piece to benefit an important cause.” Scheufele, who, incidentally, owns seven dogs, designed both collars herself; Uggie wore the other—an understated, more traditional dog collar style (crafted in leather and rose gold)—at a Weinstein Co. pre-Oscar party on Feb. 25.
Uggie with Caroline Scheufele (Check out her bling!)