The Oscars are undoubtedly one of the most glamourous events on Hollywood’s calendar and definitely the glitziest red carpet in town. It’s the event where stars have always shined their brightest and, while the academy ceremony is certainly important, the gowns and jewellery worn on the red carpet take a huge part in why we tune in to watch every year! So, we’re taking a look back at some of the most memorable and iconic jewellery items from the Oscars since the first ceremony in 1929.
No one can forget the classic necklace worn by actress Vivien Leigh, famous for her performance as Scarlett O’Hara in “Gone with the Wind”. She was the belle of the ball at the 1940 Oscars, where she wore a large emerald-cut gemstone pendant necklace, paired with a multi-gemstone bracelet. The pendant is still a favourite of fashion lovers around the world, and you can’t blame them! Can you just imagine what this jewellery would look like in colour?
(Source: The Hollywood Originals, 2007)
Elizabeth Taylor is a true Queen of Oscar bling! The Hollywood star wore one of her most exquisite pieces to the 1970 Oscars, which was a 69-carat pear-shaped diamond pendant bought by her fifth husband, Richard Burton, originally as a ring. Following their divorce, Elizabeth auctioned it off, to raise funds for a hospital in Botswana.
(Source: Medeiros, 2014)
Almost 50 years after her career began, Elizabeth Taylor continued to amaze audiences with statement jewellery that no one would forget. At the 1993 Oscars, she wore a custom-made diamond daisy necklace from Van Cleef & Arpels.
(Source: Fasel, 2016)
Apart from being one of the best actresses of all time, Meryl Streep is a fashion icon of note! At the 2003 Oscars, the star wore this Art Nouveau necklace with diamonds and emerald drops, valued at a reported $150,000, from Fred Leighton.
(Source: Raymond Lee Jewelers, n.d.)
At the 2019 Oscars, Charlize Theron dazzled everyone as she donned plenty of diamonds from Bulgari’s Serpenti collection around her neck and wrists. These included a double-wrap white gold High Jewellery necklace with a matching bracelet and a second High Jewellery diamond necklace of more than 75-carats. But she didn’t stop there – she also wore four statement rings including a fun pinkie ring plus High Jewellery earrings featuring 25-carats of sapphires.
(Source: Okwodu, 2019)
Nicole Kidman never fails to surprise us with her jewellery at the Oscars – she has an impeccable style and jaw-dropping jewellery to go with it! At the 2002 Oscars ceremony, she wore a 241-carat raw diamond necklace that she took part in designing – proving that she really is more than just a fabulous actress, she has a fine eye for design too.
(Source: Maloney, 2019)
At the 80th Annual Academy Awards in 2008, the “Big Little Lies” actress wore a necklace with 1,399 carats of diamonds designed by L’Wren Scott – it featured 7,500 diamonds in total and was reported to have taken 6,200 hours to handcraft.
(Source: Fishman, 2019)
The Oscar red carpet favourite also impressed us in 2009 when she was adorned in more than 84 carats of Harry Winston diamonds, including Winston Cluster Diamond Chandelier Earrings, which alone were 23.52 carats.
(Source: Jackson, 2018)
Angelina Jolie dazzled everyone at the 2009 Oscars, not only with her gorgeous smile, but also with her striking 115-carat Colombian emerald drop earrings and 65-carat emerald ring. This ring is truly iconic and has become a great fashion inspiration for designers around the world. Not only that, the minimalist but stark use of emeralds started a trend for all things emerald.
(Source: TrendHunter, 2009) (Source: Sotheby’s, 2020)
Pop icon, Madonna, showed off her true “Material Girl” look at the 1991 Oscars, where she wore Harry Winston diamonds, reported to be worth $20 million. These diamonds included a cluster necklace with mixed-cut diamonds set together in platinum.
(Source: Maloney, 2019)
Always chic with an unforgettable smile, Jennifer Lopez wore a 20-carat Lorraine Schwartz grey and champagne pair of earrings with a peach rose-cut diamond drop and a matching ring to the 2007 Academy Awards. This combination caught the attention of designers and fashion influencers worldwide.
(Source: Zimbo, 2007)
Lady Gaga stunned everyone with a 128.54-carat Tiffany Yellow Diamond at the Oscars in 2019 when she was nominated for Best Actress for her role in “A star is Born”. She was the third person to wear the historic diamond, which was popularised in a publicity shoot for “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” on the neck of Audrey Hepburn.
(Source: Coetzee, 2019)
These are just some of our top picks from the Oscars over the years, but there sure are plenty more iconic pieces that have impressed us!