A Dame Wore Turquoise and Broke the Internet

Sometimes, visiting Instagram for the hundredth time in a day can get a little tired. But my enthusiasm for the platform can be renewed when I’m welcomed to my feed by something truly fabulous. Case in point—opening up the Instagram app to find this: a photo of the incomparable Dame Helen Mirren, decked out in impeccable turquoise.

Image via: @rgarrahan

The jewels, by David Webb—another incomparable name, what a pairing!—coexisted brilliantly with Mirren’s Badgley Mischka ensemble in two shades of turquoise. To imagine the sight, you’d think she’d look ready to welcome spring or summer (as we often associate turquoise with the warmer months), but, no, she really just looks like royalty, plain and simple. She was out for the premiere of HBO’s Catherine the Great, so it’s all making sense.


Image via: @davidwebbjewels

So, of course I fell down the Instagram rabbit hole to search for more photos of this spectacular ensemble. David Webb’s account, unsurprisingly, offered some of the best close-ups of the jewels, showing that there are also emeralds set in the matching necklace and earrings. Webb also shared a photo of Mirren opening her overcoat to reveal a third hue—a beautifully matched green lining for the emeralds. What epic coordination.

Image via: @_leeharris_

The look was styled by Lee Harris, who shared a behind-the-scenes photo, though it was not as detailed as I would have liked.

Image via: @jostrettell

But that’s exactly where makeup artists excel, so I followed the crumbs (er, tags) to Jo Strettel, the artist behind the image above. I am no makeup ace myself, but I love following the accounts of those who style celebrities, because they often incidentally lead to some very good up-close photos of the jewels.

The same can be said for hairstylists. And while Dicky Collins, the one responsible for this coif, didn’t post anything too different from what we’ve already seen, he did offer a glimpse through his Stories (which is expired at this point, darn it).

Sometimes you can’t really explain why you’ve just spent so much time on Instagram on any given day, but this one was a worthwhile rabbit hole to fall into. And that, friends, is all the proof you need that turquoise is a year-round gem.


Image via: @theadventurine

I was so happy to see The Adventurine’s Marion Fasel share a close-up snap of the necklace, above. Swoon! This extraordinary piece is the gift that keeps on giving, and it’s not even officially the holiday season yet.

(Top image via: @davidwebbjewels)

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