The Time I Saw a Diamond Garter on Instagram

You can always count on Instagram to surprise you. With a simple scroll, you’re often introduced to new jewelry designers, never-before-seen creations, gemstones you’ve never heard of before, and so on. It’s said that you learn something new every day, and I have never found that to be more true (like, yesterday, I learned I have been applying my blush the wrong way, and the day before, that recent studies show giraffes actually hum, of all things).

About a week ago, I learned of a new way to wear a necklace—around your thigh, like a garter belt.

Of course, it would probably help to have the legs of a supermodel, the help of a team of celebrity stylists, and the budget of a multimillionaire, but I digress.

Via: @patrickta

I was scrolling through my feed, eyeing the fashions being shared from the recent Vanity Fair Oscars party (I follow a ton of celebrity stylists and makeup and hair artists, on the off chance I can get a close-up look at the jewelry), when I came across a video of Adriana Lima, posted by her makeup artist, Patrick Ta.

I immediately sent it to my colleagues. “Is this a…thigh bracelet?” I asked. We briefly discussed the possibility that perhaps this was just a part of the dress, which is cool but, honestly, wouldn’t be all that remarkable.

Still dissatisfied, I went and did a little research (aka social media stalking) of everyone who worked on the supermodel’s look: her stylist, Erin Walsh, hair stylist, Anthony Cristiano, and assistant makeup artist, Liv Madorma. Nope, none of them offered a better look at whatever it was glimmering from Lima’s long, exposed leg.

One other person tagged in the photo, Mohieb Dahabieh, head of communications at Ralph & Russo (the designer responsible for the dress pictured), gave me what I was looking for.

Via: @mohiebdahabieh

“This Chopard garter is everything!” Dahabieh’s Instagram caption read. Success! It is a thigh ornament! Well, almost.

I emailed the team at Chopard, to learn that it was actually a diamond necklace, worn as a garter! An 18k white gold piece from the house’s Haute Joaillerie collection, featuring 44.84 cts. t.w. round diamonds and 13.91 cts. t.w. pear-shape diamonds, to be exact.

So there you have it! I fell down the rabbit hole in search of a diamond garter and came out with a Chopard diamond necklace. I’d call that a win!

(Top image via: @erinwalshnyc)

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