In a year when big beautiful white diamonds dominated the Oscar red carpet, there were six Oscar jewelry looks that rose above the rest, with more carats, more sparkle, and more style. Here are our Worthy picks for the best Oscar jewelry of 2016.
1. Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga won the red carpet in these staggering emerald-cut diamond and platinum earrings by Lorraine Schwartz. Each earring is set with a 15-carat diamond over a 30-carat diamond” that’s a total of 90 carats of ice! The earrings are worth a cool $8 million. Gaga was also wearing her own 10-carat Lorraine Schwartz heart-shaped engagement ring worth another $500,000. Combined, her 100-carats of diamonds are the most expensive Oscar jewelry of 2016.
2. Priyanka Chopra
In any other year, the diamond earrings that Priyanka Chopra wore would have made the headlines. But compared to Lady Gaga’s earrings, they were an almost modest 50 carats of diamonds, worth $3.2 million. Still these pear and round shaped Lorraine Schwartz earrings have a memorably cool front-back design, with the pear shape hanging from behind the ear. Priyanka also wore a 22-carat diamond ring valued at $3.4 million and two more rings with 18 carats of diamonds (including a 10-carat pinky ring) valued at $1.1 million. All told, her 90-carats of diamond jewelry is worth $7.7 million, the second-highest value of the night.
3. Charlize Theron
The plunging neckline on Charlize Theron’s red Dior dress is made for a statement necklace and she didn’t disappoint, wearing a show-stopping long Secret Cluster Necklace by Harry Winston set with 48 carats of diamonds. Charlize complemented the necklace with 15-carat diamond cluster earrings and three diamond rings with 15 more carats of diamonds. The brilliant Harry Winston diamond ensemble is worth $3.7 million.
4. Cate Blanchett
The artistry of Cate’s custom enchanted mermaid dress by Armani Prive was surpassed by her lovely jewels by Tiffany & Co. Her diamond and platinum earrings moved with her, catching the light, and her starfish cuff and bombe diamond ring complemented rather than detracted from the feathered creation. Cate’s Tiffany jewelry is worth $535,000.
5. Naomi Watts
We love a bold necklace and Oscar rarely delivers. But Naomi Watts Diva’s Dream Necklace by Bulgari makes such a strong statement that it stands up to a sequined dress brilliantly.
6. Olivia Munn
The bold color and simple lines of Olivia Munn’s Stella McCartney dress stood out from the red carpet crowd. It was also impossible to miss her dramatic snake cuff by Jade Trau for Forevermark. With a 12-carat exceptional Forevermark diamond as the head of the snake, the bracelet is valued at $1 million.