Jewels Take to the Red Carpet at 86th Annual Academy Awards

The Stars! The Fashions! The Jewelry… y’all KNOW that’s why I was watching, right? While the rest of the world is rooting for their favorite movie, I’m sitting on the couch shouting, “C’mon chandeliers! Let’s see some dangles! Bring on the bracelets!”

Yes, we do have a somewhat unusual household. But I digress.

Who were the standouts, the real fashion stars last night? Follow along, and let’s revisit the carpet (and the podium) and see who was wearing who…

Jennifer Lawrence was drop-dead in a Dior Haute Couture slim fitted gown with a fabulous peplum, accessorized with a gorgeous Neil Lane necklace worn to the back, just as she did at last year’s awards. The $2 million carved rock crystal Art Deco stunner features 100 carats of diamonds – LOVE the casual way Jennifer draped it. She topped it off with 10 carat diamond studs and platinum and diamond ring – another cool million on her hand alone!


Kate Hudson was Greek-Goddess-Gorgeous in draped and ruched white with just a touch of shimmer. Wrapped tight around her hips, the killer Versace had a touch of the shoulder about it with a great pseudo-cape/jacket thing going on – an almost-echo of the 80’s. Kate’s signature plunging neckline of course gave her that perfect vertical. Jewelry was very simple with small diamond earrings and bracelet- I would have loved to have seen a bit more – but the overall look was smashing. We have to include Kate for flawless lines and killer attitude, even if she was just a little sparse in the jewels department.

Kate Hudson in Donatella Versace

Sandra Bullock rocked the navy wave in a fabulous Alexander McQueen strapless, accented with Lorraine Schwartz earrings in a floral spray design familiar to ballroom dancers everywhere – even sparklier in beautiful pear-cut diamonds! A wonderful round pavé diamond bangle finished her look. LOVE the hair off the one ear so we could see those spectacular earrings!

Sandra Bullock in Lorraine Schwartz

Best Actress winner Cate Blanchett positively sparkled in Armani Privé and an incredible pair of Chopard opal and diamond earrings set in gold that are being described as “giant” by the mainstream fashion press. We do have to snicker at that one… Cate’s sparklers are impressive, and we do love them, but not quite sure they actually qualify as “giant”… We report. You decide.

Cate Blanchett in Chopard

Charlize Theron… A silhouette of perfection, love,love, LOVE the sheer straps! The sheer black delicately banded look from Dior (reminded me a bit of Ashley Tribble’s USA look for Marissa Powell) was accented to the max with $15 million of Harry Winton glam. And we never even saw the security guard.

Charlize Theron in Harry Winston

The Baby Bump Brigade made a grand showing, with Olivia Wilde and Elsa Pataky both looking simply “Mah-Velous!” in gowns by Valentino and Elie Saab. Olivia chose cool white elongated drops by Lorraine Schwartz and a stack of sparkly bangles. Elsa  wore beautiful teal hoops from Graziela Gems and a bracelet from Dana Rebecca Designs.


Elsa Pataky in  Graziela Gems

The jewelry star of the evening was definitely Catherine Martin. The Australian costume designer picked up the Oscar for costume design for her unmatched work on The Great Gatsby – she had previously won for the 2002 spectacular Moulin Rouge, also a jewelry lover’s dream! Catherine wore an amazing amethyst, gold and diamond pendant to pick up her Oscar – for which she plucked her acceptance speech from her bra! No word yet on the designer of the gorgeous necklace, but it is certainly a breathtaking piece, and wins the SSC jewelry of the evening award!


Seriously, we want to know where Catherine Martin scored that amazing amethyst bauble. Awesomely gorgeous piece on one very talented lady!

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