The Oscar Jewelry that set trends in 2016

From Left to Right, Top to Bottom: NAOMI WATTS, KERRY WASHINGTON< CATE BLANCHETT, BRIE LARSON. Photos: Rex/Shutterstock

This article is the 2nd in our coverage of the defining moments in jewelry at the Oscars. We will be featuring stories throughout the week including the shining stars that will appear on the red carpet at the 89th Academy Awards.

As we count down to Oscar night 2017, we ask what will be the jewelry stars of the evening? Colored gemstones? Statement Necklaces? Fingers full of rings?   If we take a look at the 2017 Golden Globes and SAG awards, we might be able to predict some  of what will appear on the red carpet but it also could be anyone’s guess when it comes to the biggest awards show of the season.

Here we take a look at the six styles that stole the jewelry spotlight at last year’s Oscars and influenced jewelry trends throughout 2016 and into the beginning of the New Year.

1-Just Necking: This became a popular trend and featured looks that ranged from Edwardian collars such as Olivia Wilde’s Neil Lane diamond and natural pearl choker to statement necklaces evocative 1950’s style glamour. Naomi Watts in particular created renewed interest in the bold singular piece when she wore a Bulgari diamond necklace reminiscent of the house’s Dolce Vita years.

2-What’s All The Hoopla: Hoops circled back onto the jewelry scene after the Harry Winston 1963 version of this style of earrings were seen on Kerry Washington. While the trend continues –it has taken on different incarnations and usually displays less than the 42 carats of diamonds of the Winston pair.

3-Ring Me: We might have  seen fingers full of rings on actresses such as Tracee Ellis Ross, Drew Barrymore and Sarah Jessica Parker at the 2017 Golden Globes but as far as award shows go, Priyanka Chopra was hands down a study in perfection at last year’s Oscars in Lorraine Schwartz’s large rings on both hands. If you are going for the more is more edict of wearing jewelry, for daytime it is best to stick to one category of jewelry to pile on.

4-Brace Yourself: Diamond bracelets also inspired a range of streamlined to naturalistic styles after we were awed by a number of different looks at the 2017 Oscars. These included Olivia Munn’s Forevermark slim snake style climbing up her wrist, Julianne Moore’s ultra wide Chopard bracelet and Cate Blanchett’s Tiffany & Co. diamond starfish beauty.

5-Hair Apparent: Brie Larson’s hair jewels were a true thing of beauty in pearls and diamonds by Niwaka.  Adornment for the hair is a look that has been trending among actresses over the past five years in diamond headbands, scattered brooches  and ornamental barrettes in upswept tresses. It is a look that continues to grow within the collection of modern jewelry designers and has become a popular site in the cases of antique dealers at shows, fairs and in estate and period jewelry shops.

6-Mis-Matched. Although jewelry designers had been playing with this concept for a few years,Saoirse Ronan cemented the trend of purposely mismatched earrings when  she  showed up at the 2016 Oscars in Chopard’s version—one pearl, emerald with small jadeites. They shone with edgy individuality and playfulness among the classic and sometimes super-serious nod to old Hollywood’s diamonds divas. They continue to influence multiple variations on the theme, not to mention multiple earrings climbing up the lobe.

Will these six trends continue? Will there be new directions to add? Stay with us and tune in Sunday Evening, February 26 as we report on Oscar Jewelry 2017.

from Left to Right, Top to Bottom: SAOIRSE RONAN, OLIVIA MUNN, PRIYANKA CHOPRA, OLIVIA WILDE. Photos: Rex/Shutterstock


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