The 2014 Emmy Awards: More of the Same or New Jewelry Trends to Delight?

Emmy Awards jewelry trends 2013 vs 2014

Award shows are so exciting. So exciting, in fact, that I was a week ahead and disappointed to find that the 2014 Emmy Awards did not, in fact, occur this past Sunday. The good news about that is now there is time to contemplate and predict the looks that we’ll soon be loving, loathing, and debating from the red carpet. It’s fun, too, like our own little game, guessing the jewelry trends that will be displayed by the stars who come into our living rooms each night via the television, delighting our imaginations and providing water-cooler talking points for many mornings to come. Truly, many of these jewelry predictions are disguised as wishes and hopes for what I’d personally like to see, discuss, and emulate. Often many industry members are disappointed with the jewelry (or lack thereof) at any given awards ceremony, but last year was special. Last year saw big, beautiful baubles and color to spare—and it was wonderful. So what’s up, 2014? Can the stars of the red carpet dazzle us the way they did a year ago? Here’s hoping! I’ve done some thinking about how this year could be different from the last, and if these predictions (hopes, wishes), come through, I will not be disappointed.

2013: Emeralds

2014: Dark Pinks and Reds

TV favorites including Sofia Vergara, Sarah Hyland, and Christina Hendricks, among others, went green on last year’s red carpet, as the Color of the Year held strong throughout the fall. But this year, I’m feeling warmer colors as opposed to the cool, crisp greens. Think rubies, pink sapphires, tourmalines, spinels. This year’s trends from JCK Las Vegas may be to blame for this prediction (like the gemstone party from Omi Privé, above), and I so hope it comes true.



 Nicholas Liu Amara single earring

Nicholas Liu

2013: Tiered Drop Earrings

2014: Ear Climbers and Asymmetric Looks

Anna Gunn’s opal earrings were a highlight for me last year, along with the aforementioned Sofia Vergara and Sarah Hyland, who accessorized with triple-drop stunners. I’m not discounting that we’ll see looks like that again this year, but I think many will opt for something a bit edgier, like a long drop in one ear and a stud in the other or a really eye-catching ear climber or cuff. It’s been done on the red carpet for some time, but in no way has it been played out.


2013: Sofia Vergara in Lorraine Schwartz

2014: Sofia Vergara in Sofia Vergara

Will Sofia Vergara take advantage of jewelry’s biggest night to promote her new line for Kay? She’s consistently a favorite among the industry and never, ever lets us down when we’re thirsting for big, beautiful jewels. But will she trade in her signature Lorraine Schwartz for a piece from her own collection? She may mix it up and opt for a bit of both by maintaining her mega-jewel reputation and slipping in a few of her own for the mani cam.



Karina Ariana mixed birds CZ necklace

Karina Ariana

2013: Reptiles

2014: Birds

Both Anna Faris and Allison Williams chose Fred Leighton jewels in 2013, with the blond Faris snazzing up the back of her dress with a playful though luxe brooch. The Year of the Snake is no longer upon us, and with it, I think went a lot of the reptile jewelry (though it’s not disappeared completely). So why birds? The fall 2014 runways saw their fair share of novelty and animalistic prints. Whether an actual bird silhouette, wings, or even talons, it would be wonderful to see just one of these babies on Emmy night. My first thought is that it may be too casual for the red carpet, but then again there isn’t anything that can’t be coated in diamonds or gemstones, right?


Mastoloni Pearls Emily ear climbers

Mastoloni Pearls

2013: Gold

2014: Pearls

Gold is a no-brainer for fall and looks rich paired against pale and white frocks, as Taylor Schilling and Padma Lakshmi so beautifully demonstrated last year. But the weather is quickly cooling, and I expect slightly darker color gowns like gray and navy, which will look so beautiful with pearls. The “new pearl” is the thing, and with Chanel and Dior giving the elegant gem a hip makeover, who wouldn’t want to wear one (or two, or three)? While I do lament that the Mise en Dior double pearl earrings have already been seen on the red carpet (not that I could ever tire of them), I do hope the gem of the sea gets its moment in some manner or another.


2013: Cocktail Rings

2014: An Absurd Amount of Rings

Wishful thinking as it may be, and as much as I truly loved the oversize gemstones from last year, I am really hoping to see those cocktail rings plus stacking bands plus whatever else can be thrown in there. Pinky rings, midi rings, engagement rings—I want them all! Rita Ora and Beyoncé (above, in all Lorraine Schwartz) did it quite notably at the 2014 Grammy Awards, and I want more, more!

What are your 2014 Emmy Award jewelry wishes? Be sure to follow #emmyjewelry on Twitter before the show for a conversation on the red carpet jewels!

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