(DALLAS) – Despite fashion’s focus on statement neckwear these days, TV’s biggest stars at the 61st annual Primetime Emmy Awards sported some amazing earrings, many styles of which popped brilliant color.
“Once again we saw the importance of color and colored gemstone jewelry on the red carpet,” stated Douglas K. Hucker, AGTA CEO. “There was an amazing array of gemstones featured, from the classic rubies, sapphires and emeralds to a rainbow of hues in tourmalines, beryls and fancy color diamonds.”
Celebrities wishing to buck the expected white diamond look in chandelier earrings expressed their individuality by injecting bright color in the mix. Among the most interesting chandeliers were flaunted by “The Insider” co-host Lara Spencer in turquoise and pink tourmaline, and “Extra” correspondent Lauren Sanchez in turquoise and gold. Spencer also wore a turquoise and pink tourmaline cuff bracelet and pink tourmaline ring, and Sanchez sported a turquoise and gold ring – all by Neil Lane.
Drops were big, too. Ranking favorites include the 15 carats of unheated ruby drop earrings by Lorraine Schwartz that “The Closer” star Kyra Sedgwick wore. She accessorized with an 11-carat unheated ruby ring, also by Lorraine Schwartz. Padma Lakshmi of Bravo’s “Top Chef” wore gold hoops with a double row of garnet briolette drops from her new jewelry line called “Padma”.
Other colorful earrings were worn by “CSI Miami” star Eva La Rue in sizzling fire opal; “True Blood’s” Carrie Preston in golden citrine; actress Sharon Lawrence in cool aquamarine (and awesome moonstone platinum ring); Karina Smirnoff of “Dancing with the Stars” in green beryl – all by AGTA member Erica Courtney; and Jane Lipsitz of “The L Word” in dreamy blue topaz by Chad Allison.
Top trendsetter, supermodel Heidi Klum was stunning in a cluster of Lorraine Schwartz jewels including earrings from the designer’s new black diamond tassel and knot collection, set with 90 carats of black diamonds. She also wore three cocktail rings on one hand – – all from Lorraine Scwartz.
Next to earrings, big rings scored high on the red carpet, most notable was the million dollar 60-carat blue sapphire ring crafted in blackened platinum by Lorraine Schwartz that “Samantha Who?” star Christina Applegate flaunted.
Other finger favorites include Kristin Chenoweth, who picked up an Emmy for her role on “Pushing Daisies”, wearing a 15-carat cushion-cut aquamarine ring by Tiffany; “Fringe” star Anna Torv with a big coral and diamond gold ring by Neil Lane; and Drew Barrymore, nominated for her performance in HBO’s “Grey Gardens”, sported a 12.5mm South Sea Pearl ring embraced by 26 round diamonds set in 18k-white gold by Anna Hu Haute Joaillerie.
A true Hollywood style staple is an armful of bracelets or one behemoth burst of sparkle in a bold cuff or bangle that most often negate the need for any other jewel.
The trend is either layered like the look actress Alicia Wit achieves with onyx and diamonds strung on platinum wrapped around her wrist and “House” star Lisa Edelstein in pearl and diamond platinum bracelets, all Neil Lane. Or one statement piece like “Gossip Girl” Blake Lively wore in a one-of-a-kind rock crystal and diamond platinum bracelet by Lorraine Schwartz.
Other bold examples: “The Office” star Kate Flannery in a four strand pearl bracelet by Erica Courtney; model-turned-actress Cat Deeley in garnet and diamond platinum bracelets by Neil Lane; and Toni Collette in a 1920s jade bead and diamonds platinum bracelet by Fred Leighton – an ideal accessory next to her newly acquired Emmy for best actress in the comedy series “United States of Tara”.