The 5 Best—and Worst—Jewelry Looks From the 2015 Academy Awards

The jewelry world rejoiced on Sunday night when stars strutted the red carpet at the 87th Annual Academy Awards in some memorable jewels: turquoise and diamond bibs, antique-looking diamond drops, and even pins on plenty of the men. In all, Oscar night was a jewelry success…for most. Here are some thoughts on the jewelry hits and misses of the night.

Best Jewelry Looks of the Night

Lupita Nyong’o

The Oscar winner (12 Years a Slave) looked fabulous in a pearlicious custom Calvin Klein Collection dress by Francisco Costa that was outfitted in more than 6,000 pearls. While we couldn’t determine at press time if the pearls were real or faux, I’m not sure that it matters because it was such a fabulous way to utilize a basic, borderline-boring white pearl. Bonus: Some Chopard colorless diamond jewels added sparkle to the luster.

Chloë Grace Moretz

Though presenter and The Amityville Horror actress’ hands oddly remained in her pockets most of the night (did she forget to get a mani?), Moretz’s sprawling colorless diamond ear climber captured the positive attention of many. The piece is from Forevermark, and so are a few of her other colorless diamond jewels, including line bracelets from Forevermark by Rahaminov, A. Link, and Galili & Co.

Chloe Grace Moretz in Forevermark diamonds at the 2015 Oscars

Courtesy Forevermark

Chloë Grace Moretz in Forevermark diamonds at the 2015 Oscars

Anna Kendrick

It’s that massive colorless diamond collar necklace from Norman Silverman that’s serving double duty as a dress ornament that makes me love the Into the Woods actress and Oscar performer’s look. Her other Silverman jewels—a colorless diamond band and cluster earrings—are sharp, but that collar necklace used in a utilitarian manner makes the ensemble outstanding.

Scarlett Johansson

The crystal bib necklace that belonged to the presenter’s dress looked chic, but it’s the Piaget gemstone and gold ear climber that jewelry fans love most. In rose gold with emeralds, diamonds, and green tourmaline, it’s the perfect marriage of soft and edgy.

Margot Robbie

The Aussie actress’ vintage Van Cleef & Arpels Zipper necklace was beyond chic! And the fact that it came with a provenance—it is a replica of a piece that belonged to the Duchess of Windsor and is valued at $1.5 million—makes it pretty and historically significant.

Worst Jewelry Looks of the Night

Marion Cotillard

There’s no denying the appeal of those sideways-set Chopard diamond earrings, but Cate Blanchett just wore them to the 2014 Golden Globe Awards! With Chopard’s vast inventory of jewels, I think they could have turned up another interesting pair to loan to the Best Actress nominee (Two Days, One Night).

Rita Ora

I wish the songstress would have remained in her killer Lorraine Schwartz drop earrings for her number—she performed the Oscar-nominated tune “Grateful” from Beyond the Lights—instead of donning the Bulgari Serpenti necklace that Naomi Watts wore to the Golden Globes just last month. Of course it’s a great piece, but it’s too soon for somebody else to wear it, especially after Watts made such a great impression in it.  

Gwyneth Paltrow

The presenter’s Anna Hu earrings were significant and had beautiful rubellite stones but looked heavy and uncomfortable to wear. Perhaps the scale would have looked a bit less overwhelming if she didn’t already have that massive flower on her shoulder. Either way, Gwynnie’s lobes looked like they were ready to rip.

Patricia Arquette

Like many, I loved her Best Supporting Actress acceptance speech! The Boyhood star’s jewelry, however, could have made a bigger statement—especially for an award winner! Her Fred Leighton earrings and ring were lovely, if you could see them. I would have liked to have seen her in bigger rocks.

Nicole Kidman

Though the presenter wore platinum and diamonds from Harry Winston, she could have use either more jewelry or some color—maybe white or fire opals?—to play up the iridescence of her dress and her super-fair skin. She’s had plenty of jewelry hits, but I’d say this look was sort of a miss.

Nicole Kidman in Harry Winston diamonds and platinum at the 2015 Oscars

Courtesy Startraks/Platinum Guild International

Nicole Kidman in Harry Winston diamonds and platinum at the 2015 Oscars

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