Estate jewelry starred in big roles on the Oscar 2013 the red carpet. Here’s a look at who wore what and whether it was in good taste or otherwise.
Jennifer Lawrence was undoubtedly the flavor of the season having swept the Best Actress Award from under the noses of well-established names like Jessica Chastain and Naomi Watts. Dressed in a Christian Dior Couture dress, Brian Atwood shoes, Roger Vivier clutch and Chopard estate jewelry, Jennifer looked every inch the royal aristocrat, setting the tone for probably a trend that most jewelry lovers recognized—that of vintage and classic estate jewelry. Jenifer chose to wear her long single line necklace backwards in a statement that had the fashion watchers asking for more.
Next in line was Kristen Stewart, who dressed in a pale blush gown hand-beaded, strapless with tulle inserts by Reem Acra. Kirsten accentuated her gown with a beautiful piece of vintage jewelry—a 19th century Fred Leighton necklace with 91 graduated diamonds. The necklace was made in a beautiful, delicate rose gold and set with old mine cut diamonds. Also known as a ‘Rivere’ necklace the piece had graduated diamonds that weighed approximately 10 carats.
Although Les Miserables Anne Hathaway’s pink Prada strappy dress didn’t show off her Tiffany & Co. diamond and platinum "Corsage" necklace to its best advantage, the $485,000 piece was still beautiful. It hung down her back in exactly the same way Jennifer chose to wear her necklace—not very original of Anne!
Jennifer Garner, wife of Oscar winner for best movie (Argo) Ban Affleck wore a violet Gucci gown with cascading ruffles in the back. The 200-carat diamond-and-dark platinum necklace from Neil Lane’s archives was a big statement in the vintage / estate category and worked rather well with her entire outfit. .
Jessica Chastain, also one of the nominees for best actress in a leading role wore a Harry Winston vintage 1967 diamond and yellow gold bracelet— gain emphasizing the definite vintage jewelry trend on the red carpet and Harry Winston diamond earrings with her custom pale gold Armani Privé gown and Christian Louboutin shoes. Amy Adams wore simple Moa diamond earrings and bracelet. Back on the vintage wagon were Kerry Washington’s jewels. Kerry chose to keep it simple (just a ring—but more on that later) in her Coral Miu Miu gown, (wisely) not choosing to add too much bling to a dress that already had its fair share of glitter in the form of an embroidered and sequined bodice. Kerry chose a Fred Leighton 9-carat old European cut diamond and platinum ring to complete her ensemble.
Nicole Kidman’s Fred Leighton 19th century gold and black enamel earrings and 19th century gold and diamond chain cuff bracelet screamed vintage all the way up to the red carpet and beyond. The statuesque beauty was all a-glitter in a black and gold L’Wren Scott complemented perfectly by her matched accessories. Way to go Nicole!
Jennifer Aniston, seen having fun with Justin Theroux wore a siren red gown and accented it with a Fred Leighton 19th century diamond cluster bracelet. The silver bracelet had oval and cushion cut diamonds weighing approximately 10 carats.
Charlize Theron dazzled in white with a classically cut Christian Dior Couture dress and Harry Winston estate jewelry. Naomi Watts, one of teh contenders for best actress in a leading role wore an Armani Privé dress, Jimmy Choo shoes, a Roger Vivier bag and Neil Lane jewelry. A large statement ring, a chunky watch-like bracelet and dainty round diamond studded drop earrings worked like magic on Naomi’s sci-fi inspired gown.
Amanda Seyfried in a lilac Alexander McQueen dress with silver dragon fly motifs was set off by Roger Vivier shoes and Lorraine Schwartz earrings. These little beauties were dainty, ethereal and very, very vintage, setting off Amanda’s pastel look perfectly. Sandra Bullock also wear gorgeous dress with rings and earrings as estate jewelry.
In all, estate and vintage jewelry was very well represented on the Oscar 2013 red carpet and rightly so. This only goes on to prove that classic never goes out of fashion. Long live vintage!