Know Everything About Jewelry and the Stars: A Glittering Night at
the 2006 Academy Awards
The walk by
celebrities down the red carpet at the annual Academy Awards is
probably just as anticipated by television viewers all over the world
as the presentation of the awards themselves. The ladies are the
stars of the show, and there's just something enthralling about
seeing them decked out in all their finery for the event. The gowns
and the jewelry they're wearing all reinforce that they are stars, a
step above us ordinary mortals.
been many examples of female celebrities who have been photographed
wearing pieces of jewelry that are simply stunning at the Oscars
throughout the years. Madonna, for instance, was wearing $20 million
worth of diamonds at her neck, ears, and wrists at the 1991 Oscars.
At this year's event, the jewelry worn by the stars were no less
eye-catching, and they included just about every design imaginable in
just about every hue of the rainbow.
nominee Keira Knightley was wearing a vintage Bulgari chandelier
necklace of diamonds, rubies, emeralds, and sapphires, whose colors
were reminiscent of a peacock's feathers. Jennifer Lopez was wearing
dangling earrings and a necklace of gold and diamonds by Fred
Leighton, who also designed Dolly Parton's earrings and brooch.
Charlize Theron's tawny earrings were supplied by Chopard; so were
Hilary Swank's diamond earrings, bracelet and ring. Diamonds were
also the favored stones of actresses like Jennifer Aniston, who
sported a cleavage-enhancing necklace. Other female celebrities who
were seen wearing diamond jewelry were Best Supporting Actress winner
Rachel Weisz, Queen Latifah, Felicity Huffman and Jessica Alba.
also the bling of choice for the men of the evening. Diamond studs
adorned the earlobes of the likes of Ludacris and Will Smith. But
members of the hip-hop group Three 6 Mafia took the obsession with
diamonds a little further -- they were wearing everything from
diamond bracelets to diamond watches to diamond earrings, and
according to some accounts, they even had diamonds on their teeth.
Many of these
stars don't own the millions of dollars' worth of jewelry that they
were wearing. Giants in the jewelry industry, such as Harry Winston,
Michael Katz, and Kwiat, have been lending their masterpieces for
celebrities to wear every year at the Oscars. This gives them great
exposure, which translates into a sharp increase in sales --
especially for designers whose jewels are worn by an award winner.
While the red carpet can symbolize glamour for Oscar viewers around
the world, for the designers, the red carpet represents the
probability of greater profits both at home and in other countries.
worn by celebrities during the Academy Awards adds a greater
dimension of glamour to the event. Whether the designs are discreet
or ostentatious doesn't really matter. What matters is that with
millions of viewers all over the globe, celebrities should look like
they have the right to walk down the red carpet. And with the help of
the jewelry they're wearing,
they do. The stars shine ever more brightly once a year during the Oscars.