When it comes to jewelry at last night’s 2019 Emmy Awards, it was go big or go…really small.
A clutch of celebrities on last night’s purple carpet opted for small, almost unnoticeable jewelry, usually diamond (see Zoe Kazan and Taraji P. Henson). But most celebrities and their stylists were drawn to high-volume pieces. Big and bold is definitely still happening. There were several classic David Webb earrings and bracelets, and Louis Vuitton clad Game of Thrones’ Sophie Turner and Pose’s Indya Moore in substantial diamond necklaces.
Here are the Emmys jewelry looks your JCK editors were loving most:
JCK managing editor
On a night when so many actors eschewed big baubles or simply skipped jewelry altogether (sigh), thank goodness for the always-glam Angela Bassett. The 9-1-1 star, who was styled by Jennifer Austin, wore dynamic drop earrings by Sutra, rings on both hands by Wendy Yue, and a David Webb bracelet—plus a sleek tomato-red jumpsuit by Antonio Grimaldi. She did not come to play—she came to slay.
Kim Kardashian West
Putting aside the awkwardness of Kim Kardashian West’s presentation on the Emmys stage (“Our family knows firsthand how truly compelling television comes from real people just being themselves”?!), she nailed it with the jewels: a chunky diamond choker, gold and diamond chain, and cross pendant necklace by Los Angeles jewelers Peter Marco and Jadelle Beverly Hills, which looked both luxe and trendy and perfectly accessorized her Vivienne Westwood black dress.
JCK jewelry director
Natasha Lyonne, a nominee for Russian Doll, was a golden goddess at last night’s ceremony. Her ’70s-inspired Gucci lamé number didn’t show any skin, but still managed to scream high fashion. The addition of oversized cocktail rings and drop earrings from David Webb, in—what else—chunky bold gold and shimmering gems created a full effect of coolest girl at the party. Wrap it up for me; this is an ensemble I’d copy from head to toe.
JCK contributor and All That Glitters blogger
I was really rooting for Julia Louis-Dreyfus to win the Emmy for best lead actress in a comedy series, given her breast cancer journey and remarkable bounce-back to give us one last go-round with Selina Meyer, her wildly offensive, impeccably dressed character on HBO’s Veep. I think her stylists, Cristina Ehrlich and Kevin Michael Ericson, were of the same mindset, dressing Louis-Dreyfus in a glamorous gold Oscar de la Renta gown and a pair of custom-designed earrings by Irene Neuwirth—an ensemble worthy of Emmy royalty. Ehrlich called them “the earrings of our dreams” in an Instagram story last night and I totally agree: The floral danglers were set with 10 cts. t.w. opals and 4.94 cts. t.w. diamonds in 18k white and yellow gold. A one-of-a-kind green beryl ring and diamond ring, also by Neuwirth, completed the look. The only accessory that was missing was, well, the Emmy itself. But Louis-Dreyfus wins on every level just the same.
Senior editor + social media director
If I were awarding a game ball to jewelers on the red carpet last night, it would go to David Webb. The brand’s distinctive, glamorous designs added interest to some of the night’s most memorable looks (see Jameela Jamil and Angela Bassett and Natasha Lyonne, above). Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke donned my favorite earrings of the evening—colored gemstone drops from David Webb that culminate in a pair of huge, shimmering opals. I like to think they were an ode to those sweet little dragon eggs, but then I’m a complete GOT nerd.
JCK contributing editor
They’re comparing Zendaya’s custom Vera Wang to Poison Ivy all over the internet and, while the sculptural green confection is certainly striking, I’m thankful for its barely-there construction. That just means more focus on the jewelry. With a pair of fringy drop earrings featuring diamonds and emeralds, a killer bracelet comprising multiple rows of glittering diamonds, and an epic emerald ring worn on her right hand—all by Cartier—I thought the dress served to accessorize the jewels, not the other way around.
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