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Lady Gaga’s $30 million diamonds, and other pieces that stole the Oscars

While every Oscar win is historic, the red carpet leading up to it also has its iconic moments. While Lady Gaga received her own golden statuette for Best Original Song ‘Shallow; for the movie ‘A Star Is Born’, she pulled another glorious win by pairing her Alexander McQueen gown with the iconic Tiffany Diamond, the 128-carat yellow diamond, which hasn’t been worn since Audrey Hepburn flaunted it while promoting ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ in 1961. There were other head-turners too. While Charlize Theron opted for a layered Bulgari serpent necklace, British actress Rachel Weisz was seen in a Cartier headpiece.

Here are some of the most beautiful pieces seen on the Oscar red carpet yesterday .

Statement neckpieces

This year has been all about statement neckpieces. From torcs seen at Alexander McQueen’s runway presentations to Bulgari and Emilio Pucci’s collaboration, stunning neckpieces are setting the season’s tone. Golden Globes also saw stars like Gaga, Taraji P Henson, and Dakota Fanning shimmering in the best baubles. Oscars too had its fair share of bling around the neck

Lady Gaga in Tiffany Diamonds

Gaga who bagged her first Oscar wore a stunning 128-carat yellow diamond in her necklace valued at more than $30 million dollars. She paired her iconic neckpiece with diamond earrings.

Charlize Theron in Bulgari


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It is rare that Charlize Theron gets it wrong on the red carpet. She looked statuesque in powder blue Dior gown with layered Bulgari serpent necklace. Her multicoloured earrings added to the powerful look.

Allison Janney in Chopard
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Looking for something classic? You can always count on Allison Janney. She paired her Pamella Roland tuxedo gown with a dual-toned Chopard neckpiece featuring 59.03-carats of heart-shaped rubies and 67.97-carat of diamonds set in 18k white gold from the Red Carpet Collection.

Laura Dern in Harry Winston


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One of the presenters and star of ‘Big Little Lies’, Laura Dern was spotted in the  magnificent Harry Winston ‘River Cascading Diamond Drop Necklace’.


Fancy headpieces officially got a welcome nod at last year’s Met Gala. The trend was followed by the likes of Dolce Gabbana, Saint Laurent, and Miu Miu.

Rachel Weisz in Cartier

Taking the trend a notch higher was the British actress who wore Givenchy. She completed her look with an overdose of diamonds. London-based stylist Kate Young gave Weisz a headband created by joining two matching vintage Cartier diamond and platinum brooches from 1903.

Minimal earrings

When your couture gown is a celebration in itself, you can go easy on jewels. Minimal earrings are the trend du jour. From Versace’s safety pin inspired designs to Prabal Gurung’s orbital pearl ones to Off-White’s coloured statement pieces, designers all over the globe have embraced the trend. Following it at the Oscars were –

Olivia Coleman in Chopard


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It was Olivia Coleman’s Oscar speech and her statement-making Prada gown that caught everyone’s attention but her earrings also made quite a statement. She opted for multiple Chopard earrings – minimal yet tasteful.

Priyanka Chopra in Chopard
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Finally, the newly married couple Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas made an appearance at the post-Oscar Vanity Fair party. Priyanka opted for black Elie Saab sheer gown and kept it simple with Chopard earrings.

Gemma Chan in Bulgari


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The star of Crazy Rich Asians loves everything grand. Case in point: Her Valentino couture gown. She balanced out her look with a pair of mismatched Bulgari Divas’ Dream High Jewelry diamond and emerald earrings.

Statement Cuffs and bracelets

If there is one trend that transcends all seasons, it is statement cuffs and bracelets. From Marni’s multiple metal and wood cuffs, to Gucci’s multicoloured cuffs to Balenciaga’s circular cuffs, these handpieces are anything but de riguer.

Regina King in Chopard

Best supporting actress Oscar winner Regina King went all out in Chopard diamonds. But for us, the piece that stood out was her diamond bracelet with 53.43-carats of diamonds set in 18k white gold

Michelle Yeoh in Chopard

The legendary actress was seen at the Oscar red carpet in a shimmering Elie Saab gown. As if there was any lack of drama, Yeoh looped in a stunning oversized bracelet by Chopard

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Lady Gaga’s $30 million diamonds, and other pieces that stole the Oscars

Anupam Dabral

Sr. Associate Editor

It was while studying fashion journalism at London College of Fashion that Anupam developed a keen interest in the anthropological aspect of the discipline; for him, fashion only makes sense when seen in the context of its environment. He is always on the hunt for great stories, and in his spare time binge-watches films/shows starring Whoopi Goldberg, Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders.

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