Why Emerald Is Hollywood’s Favorite Colored Stone

Green, please! Everyone from Hollywood’s A-list to British royalty is obsessed with emeralds. Hey, we can’t blame them!

Ever since Angelina Jolie swanned onto the red carpet at the Oscars in 2009 in 115 ct. Lorraine Schwartz emerald earrings (worth a reported $2.5 million), ­Hollywood has had a love affair with the green gem. But it’s gotten super-steamy lately. In the past year alone we’ve seen Dakota Fanning go green at the Emmys; Cardi B dripping in 200 cts. of Colombian emeralds at the VMAs; Katrina Lenk (The Band’s Visit) in pear-shape emerald earrings at the Tony Awards; Octavia Spencer in deep-green emerald and diamond earrings at the Oscars; and Debra Messing, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Issa Rae, and Zoë Kravitz accessorizing their all-black ensembles with green gems at the Golden Globes. Not coincidentally: All those aforementioned emerald dazzlers were designed by green queen Lorraine Schwartz. But our admiration of emeralds extends far beyond the red carpet…and across the Atlantic. It’s no coincidence that everyone went gaga over Princess Eugenie’s wedding-day tiara. At its center: a 93.7 ct. emerald.

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