The Oscars Jewelry Fashion

For some the Oscars and awards shows in general are about who won what, but in recent years the Oscars and other red carpet events have also become about the over the top jewels that have dominated the red carpet. Celebrities and jewelers alike go above and beyond when it comes to selecting a piece that is red carpet worthy. Now, the name of the game becomes who comes wearing the most valuable jewels. Now, security guards guarding the jewels are as common as handbags and mani-cams on the red carpet.

Viola Davis Oscar Choices

For the 2012 Oscars, Viola Davis made a splash with her fashion choices. She chose a dress that made the entire red carpet green with envy. Davis opted for a natural hairstyle that highlighted her green and diamond drop earrings. Her dress was an emerald green mermaid style by Vera Wang that featured a pleated chiffon train. At the end of the day she may not have taken home the statue, but she definitely made one of the biggest statements of the evening.

Jennifer Lopez Chandelier Earrings

There is no doubt that Jennifer Lopez is viewed as a true style icon of her generation. Nowhere is that more evident than when she steps out onto the red carpet. People look to her a symbol of style and grace, and seek to copy her every move. The latest trend that has been sparked by Jenny from the Block is an increased focus on styling the chandelier earring. No one will forget how she highlighted her earring choice with an off the shoulder gown that many described as pure perfection.

Halle Berry Red Diamond Bracelet 2002

Who can forget the amazing dress that Halle Berry donned for the Oscars in 2002. Berry wore a dark ruby Elie Saab dress with an embroidered net bodice and full taffeta skirt. To round out her look she chose a red diamond bracelet that mimicked the color of her dress. The overall look is still mentioned today anytime someone recaps the best of red carpet style.

Your Guide on How to Select Eye Catching Earrings

Every woman wants to have that one moment where she enters the room and all conversations stop. They are looking for that moment when all eyes are on them and they know it.

Pink earrings

Barkev’s pink tourmaline earrings

One surefire way to turn that dream into a reality is to choose the perfect eye catching earring. Think along the lines of Hillary Scott at the 2012 Grammy’s. Her earrings were made up of 26 carats of pink quartz slices. The pink quartz was set in diamonds and pink sapphires in blackened 18 carat gold. So, the question becomes how do you go about selecting a piece like that which will stop the crowd in its tracks? First, look for a piece that has a great proportion. You need a piece that is balanced overall and that is also balanced with the hairstyle and ensemble that you are choosing to wear it with.  Pieces that capture attention are larger, longer statement pieces. Consider a chandelier style or a tear drop style to achieve the greatest impact. Next, look for a piece that has a standout color.  A great color will automatically draw attention. For Hillary Scott, the pink quartz truly made the piece a showstopper.

Ruby earrings

Barkev’s white gold diamond & rubellite earrings.

Rubies, emeralds, or sapphires are always a great choice for the stone in your statement piece. They are rich in color and pair well with multiple colors and styles in fashion. Then, find a piece that has a memorable accent. Look for pieces where your stone of choice is surrounded by diamonds or crystals for added impact. The glitter and glitz from the surrounding stones will work well in order to draw your eyes automatically to the jewels.

Finally, if you really want all eyes on you make the right hairstyle selection to show off your jewel of choice. Go for a high dramatic updo that will naturally draw attention to your earrings. Every woman deserves that moment where she feels like Cinderella. To get that once in a lifetime feeling, you must select the perfect statement piece and then rock it with confidence.

How to Select the Perfect Teardrop Earring

The jewelry that you choose to pair with your fashion conquests is like the icing that you would put on the proverbial cake. If you want to elevate your style to the next fashion level then you need to choose that jewelry well.

Jewelry is a way to draw attention to your best features and provide some insight into your personality and style preferences. One of those pieces that require such careful consideration is the teardrop earring. In much the same way that you consider your body shape when you are selecting fashion to wear, when you are making your jewelry selections you need to consider the shape of your face.

There are several face shapes that can rock a teardrop earring in style. If you have a round face, then the teardrop earring is the one for you. Earrings that dangle will draw attention to your cheekbones and jawline as well as help balance out your forehead. Along those same lines, if your face has a heart shape, you can still find a great teardrop earring that is perfect for you. In addition to considering the shape of your face, when you are selecting your teardrop earring, you need to focus on the outfit that you intend to wear the teardrop earring to.

When you choose jewelry to coordinate with your wardrobe, you need to remember that both pieces need to look like they are going to the same party if you are going to achieve a polished look. Take into account the color of the garment as you are selecting the color of the stone and the setting of your teardrop earring. Consider pairing your ensemble with a complimentary colored stone. The contrast in color will help add interest and style to your look.

Most Expensive Pieces Worn to Golden Globes

We all watch the red carpet and drool over the exquisite pieces that most of us will never have the opportunity to wear. It is fun however to watch, wish and dream. So, sit back and drift off into dreamland as we countdown some of the most expensive pieces that have ever graced a red carpet.

1) Kelly Osbourne : this year the earrings that she wore were valued at $3 million (the price did not include the optional body guards that they came with)

Kelly Osbourne at the 2013 Golden Globe Awards

2) Amy Adams: her diamond earrings and diamond bracelets are valued at $425,000 and if you choose to you can actually purchase those earrings.

3) Jackie Weaver: donned $3 million worth of diamonds for the occasion
4) Stacy Kiebler’s : rings and bracelets were valued at $600,000
5) Hayden Panettiere: her five piece set was valued at $500,000
6) Jessica Alba: her necklace was valued at $5.8 million

Jessica Alba and her 5.8 million dollar necklace.

7) Sophia Vergara: her 100 carats of diamonds were valued at $8 million.

Sofia Vergara at the Golden Globes 2013

You may be wondering what goes into selecting who wears what pieces and how they are transported to and from an event. The answer is fairly simple. Jewelry designers work in much the same way that a fashion designer works. The designer simply wants to hear their name on the red carpet. In order to achieve that goal, a designer must get their piece into the hands of an actor or actress that is either a nominee or a presenter. Those people will be the most sought after actors and actresses of the evening and will get the most television time. The next part of the evening is about the logistics of transporting the piece from one place to another. Depending on the value of the piece, some designers will require a paid escort the entire time that the nominee or presenter is wearing their piece.

For most of us we only wish and dream about a night like the Globes, but even if we never get our own personal red carpet we can still watch and dream along with the rest of the world. And that means the countdown to the Grammy’s is in full swing…

Celebs Showcase Stunning Emeralds

angelina jolie emeralds

Emeralds are rare and valuable gemstones with a brilliant green hue. The most desirable emeralds have a rich, green color and an even, translucent tone. These gleaming green gems have been spotted on celebrities ranging from Angelina Jolie to Amy Adams.

Angelina Jolie is credited with sparking the celebrity love affair with emeralds. Jolie paired an Elie Saab black sweetheart gown with a breathtaking pair of $2.5 million oversized teardrop emerald earrings at the Oscars in 2009. Her head-turning emeralds inspired quite a few celebs, who were spotted at subsequent events with glowing emerald jewels.

Red-headed vixen Amy Adams wore an estimated $1.35 million worth of jewelry at the 2011 Oscars, including a brilliant emerald pendant and a dazzling diamond and emerald bracelet. Adams’ platinum secret watch bracelet featured a mesmerizing 30.75 carat carved emerald and 575 diamonds with a total of 15.38 carats. The bracelet was valued at $1.025 million.

Annette Bening and Reese Witherspoon also stepped out with emerald earrings to the Oscars in 2011. Witherspoon wore 35-carat emerald teardrop earrings while Bening donned pear-shaped 66-carat Colombian emerald drop earrings valued at $4 million.

Actress Blake Lively wore stunning and sizeable emerald earrings to a Chanel dinner in her honor in the spring of 2011, making a style splash.

Chandelier Earrings

Chandelier and drop earrings were all the rage in 2012. As award season kicks into full gear, a who’s who of Hollywood A-listers is embracing the trend.  From geometric shapes studded with precious gem stones to flowing tassels, there are dozens of designs to suit a variety of tastes.

Color Splash

Chandelier earrings were on full display at the 2012 Golden Globes.  Hollywood stars showcased the myriad of ways chandelier earrings can add a pop of color to an outfit. Actress Julianna Margulies dazzled the red carpet with dangling jade earrings that sat perfectly above her shoulders. The earrings provided a striking contrast to her form-fitting, purple gown. Powerhouse star Julianne Moore stood out with emerald, tassel drop earrings, while actress Kathleen Robertson looked absolutely radiant in turquoise, diamond, and platinum chandelier earrings.

Sofia Vergara donned amethyst and ruby chandelier earrings for the 2012 SAG Awards.

Colombian beauty Sofia Vergara, radiated on the 2012 Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAGs) red carpet in eye-catching, amethyst and ruby chandelier earrings.

Timeless Style

Antique and classic style chandelier earrings add timeless elegance to any look. Octavia Spencer, star of “The Help,” turned heads at the 2012 SAGs with Victorian-style, leaf-like chandelier earrings. Academy Award-winner Natalie Portman maintained her classic style at the 2012 SAGs with a simple yet stunning pair of ruby and diamond drop earrings.

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Guide to Buying Diamond Earrings

Diamond earrings offer an elegant sparkle to compliment any dressy ensemble. Deciding what type of diamond studs to decorate your ears with depends on your personal taste. There are a few basic factors to consider when buying diamond earrings, outlined below:


As with all diamond jewelry, the quality of your earrings depends on the carat, color, cut and clarity. Carat is the weight of your diamonds. The more carats you have, the more valuable the diamonds are. Color also determines the value of diamonds, with clear diamonds being more desirable than off-white or ivory-colored ones. Clear diamonds reflect more light and sparkle more than off-white colors. Colored diamonds are the most valuable and come in hues ranging from green and blue to yellow.

The cut of your diamond is how your diamond is cut during processing and determines the shape and brilliance of your gem. Good cuts of diamonds allow the diamond to reflect as much light as possible, giving the gem a sparkling quality. Princess cuts are highly valued in diamond earrings because they offer the maximum amount of light reflection with a square cut. Emerald cuts are more affordable as they sparkle less but still offer a brilliant shine with long, straight lines in a rectangular shape.

Clarity is the amount of imperfections or flaws in your diamond studs. Flawless diamonds with no imperfections are the most expensive and rare. Internally flawless – or IF – diamonds are free of internal flaws but have some external blemishes. Jewelers have a rating system for the degree of flaws in diamonds, which you can check out on our Diamond Clarity post. (link post on Clarity).


Choose diamond earrings that are mounted on white gold or platinum, as yellow gold will add a yellow cast to your gems.