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Jewels at the Oscars

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Jewels at the Oscars

Mary Van Buer

According to Forbes, more than $30 million worth of jewelry and watches made their way down the red carpet last night at the 90th Academy Awards. Diamonds were predictably front-and-center, but colored gems were the jewels that ruled.

Biggest Trend: Statement Earrings

Whether they were near-shoulder-length with all diamonds or chandeliers with a pop of color, earrings were by far the most-seen adornment at the 2018 Academy Awards.

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Mary J. Blige in Forevermark diamond earrings.

Laura Dern in Atelier Swarovski's drop earrings with Swarovski-created diamonds.

Saoirse Ronan in Cartier platinum and diamond drops.

Zendaya in vintage deco Bulgari diamond earrings.

Nicole Kidman in Harry Winton platinum and diamond earrings.

Gemstones: All the colors!

The Big Three, sapphire, ruby, and emerald had a huge night. Touches of subtle hues added so much depth to the usually diamond-dominated red carpet.

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Whether she was walking the red carpet or presenting a jet ski, Helen Mirren wore the epitome of old-school fine jewelry. The Harry Winston platinum diamond and sapphire necklace and earring set screamed hollywood royalty. 

Jennifer Garner was easily one the best-dressed of the evening. Her Versace gown complimented the dazzling Piaget 18 karat white gold diamond and sapphire earrings perfectly.

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Skiing superstar Lindsey Vonn left her skis and Olympic duds at home to sport this vintage Bulgari platinum necklace with rubies and diamonds.

Camila Alves, who is married to Matthew McConaughey, wore this unbelievable Chopard ruby necklace accented with diamonds and sapphires. Those pear-shaped rubies were bright and intense with her neutral gown.

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My favorite jewelry selection of the evening was Andra Day's magnificent green earrings and necklace set worn during her "Stand Up For Something" performance with Common. Her look echoed Angelina Jolie's Lorraine Schwartz emerald jewels from the 2009 Academy Awards.

Oscar winner Octavia Spencer chose these 40 carat emerald and diamond earrings from Lorraine Schwartz to accentuate her hunter green gown. 

Other Notable Gems

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The exquisite necklace on Wonder Woman's Gal Gadot’s was, of course, Tiffany & Co. The platinum necklace featured 61 carats of aquamarines, accented with diamonds. The Y-shape necklace was the center of attention with her v-neckline.

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Samara Weaving kept her look warm with these bright rose gold earrings from Bulgari. They were set with rubelite and amethyst for a perfect two-tone look.

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Best Actress nominee Sally Hawkins also sported rubelite in these Chopard drop earrings featuring pink quartz.

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Greta Gerwig, nominee for Best Director, wore this incredible Tiffany & Co. piece from the company's archive collection. The elegant platinum necklace is set with diamonds, sapphires, and moonstones. It was created in the early 20th century.

All-Diamond looks

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Ashley Judd wore vintage Bulgari jewels. Her all-diamond ensemble consisted of a platinum and diamond double-row necklace, bracelet, and earrings from the 1930's.

Black Panther's Danai Gurira wore one of the most beautiful chokers. The Messika diamond stunner came in at 36+ carats. She also wore a Messika diamond ear cuff and bracelet.

Oscar winner Allison Janney wore these Forevermark diamond studs, bracelet, collar, and ring for a more tailored Hollywood glam look. She took home an Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role while wearing 128 carats in diamonds.

Honorable Mentions

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Viola Davis Hoop Earrings

I love hoop earrings. Viola Davis's glittery hoops were a perfect touch to her bright pink gown. This style is not often seen on the red carpet, but it should be!

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Jordan Peele Antler Pin

Winning Best Original Screenplay for Get Out, Jordan Peele wore this yellow gold tone antler pin. The pin pays homage to the deer, a symbolic motif that shows up several times throughout his film. 

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Tiffany Haddish walked the red carpet honoring the request of her late father. He had asked his daughter to celebrate their Eritrean heritage when she made it to the Oscars. And she did. Her diadem and mostly-gold jewelry were so striking and her story so heartwarming. 

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