Diamond Earrings, Mixed Styles of Jewelry Rock MTV Video Music Awards

No single style trend emerged at Sunday night’s awards ceremony, but diamonds were the go-to stone

Hands down, the highlight of the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards was Rihanna’s mash-up performance of “Don’t Stop the Music,” “Only Girl in the World,” “We Found Love,” and “Where Have You Been,” but the next-best eye candy to nosh on was definitely the jewelry.

Not surprisingly, Lorraine Schwartz dressed many of the celebs including multiple award winner Beyoncé, Rita Ora, and rising star and nominee for Best New Artist Zara Larsson. Queen Bey did several outfit changes, all including killer rocks. On the red carpet, she wore massive drop earrings by Schwartz comprising emeralds, diamonds, and Paraiba tourmalines. During her acceptance speech for Best Video of the Year she wore enormous colorless diamond chandelier earrings. (In total, press reports claim she wore upwards of $13 million of jewels.)

In fact, diamond earrings of all types were the go-to look of the night. Performers Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande wore clusters and studs, respectively, from Harry Kotlar while “No Broken Hearts” singer Bebe Rexha and model and actress Shelley Hennig wore studs and tiny pyramid drops from Le Vian. Amber Rose, too, wore studs, and Rita Ora wore black diamond climbers from Lorraine Schwartz. Also pretty: the diamond choker necklace by Hearts On Fire worn by Rihanna during the aforementioned performance. Laura Perlongo, fiancé of Catfish star Nev Schulman, appeared to also wear diamonds—including earrings and choker/body chain—but that wasn’t what people were talking about. (Hint: pregnant and no shirt.)

More observations: Choker necklaces had some play (including on pop singer Ariana Grande), Riri wore some rubies and some of Lydia Courteille’s jewels (think those rubellite numbers from the Scarlett Empress collection she debuted in 2015), and Zara Larsson wore awesome emerald ear climbers in black rhodium from Schwartz. The most off-the-wall jewelry looks of the night—besides that pregnant lady—were students of Beyoncé and “Drop” singing sisters Chloe and Halle Bailey in dramatic nose jewelry and hair rings. Hair rings? (Yup, they’re an emerging thing.) Start stocking up now; the fourth quarter is nearly upon us.


Ring with rubellite from Lydia Courteille worn by Rihanna during one of her VMA performances

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