Who Wore What to the 2012 Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala

Dubbed by many as “Fashion’s Oscars,” the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Gala, held May 7 in New York City, kicked off the “Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations” exhibit. It also gave us couture hits, misses, and plenty of jewels. While the exhibition runs May 10–Aug. 19, the fashion frenzy of the Gala lasted just one night. Here are the jewelry highlights, with images and jewelry details supplied as they were available at press time.

And just for fun, check out Stylist.com’s list of best-dressed and worst looks.



Bulgari Serpenti bracelet

Bulgari gold, emerald, sapphire, ruby, and diamond earrings

Maria Bartiromo in white gold earrings in white gold with emeralds, sapphires, and round brilliant-cut, tapered, and baguette-cut diamonds, and a white gold Serpenti bracelet with baguette diamonds

Bulgari Serpenti bracelet

Emma Roberts in platinum earrings with cushion-cut sapphires and diamonds, and a yellow gold ring with cushion-shape sapphires and pavé, and a white gold and diamond Serpenti bracelet.

Bulgari Serpenti necklace

Bulgari Serpenti enamel bag

Jaime King in a white gold Serpenti necklace with diamonds, a white gold Serpenti bracelet-watch with diamonds and blue sapphires, and a Serpenti minaudière in gold, black, and white enamel with a snake head closure.



J/Hadley Tiger's Eye ring

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in an oval-shape gold tiger’s eye ring with pavé ($1,400 value)


Anna Hu

Anna Hu Celestial Fire ring

Anna Hu Spring Orchid ring

Anna Hu Summer Bamboo earrings

Gwyneth Paltrow in Summer Bamboo white gold earrings with emerald, tsavorites, rubies, and diamonds, a Celestial Fire Lotus ring in grey titanium with rubellite, emerald, demantoid garnet, tsavorite, pink sapphire, and yellow, grey, and white diamonds, and a Spring Orchid ring in grey titanium with pink and purple sapphire, and pink and colorless diamonds


Neil Lane

Emily Blunt in a diamond and platinum wide cuff bracelet, and a diamond and platinum ring and earrings

Kirsten Dunst in ruby, diamond, and platinum hair clips, ruby, diamond, and platinum tassel earrings, and a ruby and citrine cocktail ring

Rashida Jones in large diamond and kunzite platinum earrings, a diamond and platinum bracelet, and a diamond and platinum and diamond ring

Carey Mulligan in a diamond and platinum cocktail ring


Fred Leighton

Eva Mendes in Art Deco platinum and diamond pendant earrings with coral and onyx

Dakota Fanning in platinum Edwardian bracelet with natural pearls and diamonds

Kate Bosworth in three Art Deco platinum and diamond bracelets

Amy Adams in platinum and diamond spray earrings from the 1960s

Malin Akerman in a platinum Edwardian slide bracelet with diamonds


Ivanka Trump Collection

Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry Collection diamond, gold, and moonstone bracelet

Ivanka Trump in Canadian-sourced sustainable diamond stud earrings and a white gold Bubble cuff with mother-of-pearl, rock crystal, and diamonds


Harry Winston

Sofia Vergara in a platinum and diamond Feather ring, three-stone drop platinum earrings with micro pavé, and platinum and diamond Lily cluster bangles ($2 million value)

Jessica Chastain platinum and cushion-cut diamond drop earrings with sapphire ($1 million value)


Tiffany & Co.

Brooke Shields in platinum floral motif, lever-back earrings and a platinum ring with cultured pearls and diamonds ($122,000 value)

Christina Ricci in platinum and diamond stud earrings and a platinum ring with diamonds and pink sapphires ($93,950 value)

Jessica Paré in Jean Schlumberger diamond Flame earrings and a diamond and gold ring

Amber Heard in morganite and diamond drop earrings by Paloma Picasso and a diamond ring with a pink sapphire


Van Cleef & Arpels

Cate Blanchett in the Thetis diamond bracelet in white gold

Kirsten Dunst in a Charms diamond timepiece in rose gold with a black satin strap

Claire Danes in Fleurette diamond ear studs in white gold, Palmyre five- and three-row diamond bracelets in white gold, a Folie des Pres diamond bracelet in white gold worn as a hair piece, a Lotus ‘Between-the-Finger’ ring in white gold, and a Thetis tourmaline and diamond ring in white gold

Karlie Kloss in circa 1957 yellow gold earrings with emerald, ruby, and diamonds, and a circa 1962 yellow gold ring with carved emerald and diamonds

Kristen Bell in circa 1970 St. Thomas bracelets in yellow gold and circa 1968 Feu d’Artifice yellow gold earrings with diamonds

Helen McRory in circa 1974 Sardane Horn coral and wood bangles with yellow gold