The Oscars 2019 is one for the history books. The awards ceremony, which went hostless for the first time in 30 years, had just achieved the highest record of women and black artists winning trophies so far. It had its own set of controversies and political moments, making for an entertaining and rousing show the Academy had been yearning for after years of declining viewership.

On the jewellery front, the red carpet has been a particularly important — if not, even historical — moment. The famous Tiffany Yellow Diamond made a public showing for the first time in nearly six decades, draped around Lady Gaga’s neck. It’s a stunning moment, but there’s a fair share of high jewellery pieces that left us mesmerised too. Here’s a quick look at our favourite pieces.

Lady Gaga in Tiffany

 

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Before clinching her Best Original Song award, Lady Gaga made history for being only the third person ever to wear the legendary 128-carat Tiffany Diamond. The fancy yellow gem has been mounted as a brooch and an elaborate necklace, worn by Audrey Hepburn, with dramatic twists in gold and diamonds.

Lady Gaga is the first person to wear its current setting, a more contemporary style crafted in 2012 with a string of white diamonds totalling over 100 carats. The piece was slightly shortened to go with her black Alexander Mcqueen number. This ensemble was, of course, finished with a pair of yellow diamond drop earrings from the 2019 Extraordinary Tiffany Collection.

Charlize Theron in Bulgari

 

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Charlize Theron goes for a cornflower blue Dior gown that plays as background for a stunning coiled up white-gold Serpenti necklace, further accentuated with a separate string of diamonds. She goes for a brunette bob and we get a quick peek at her earrings featuring 25 carats of sapphires. Just under her long sleeves: another stunning Bulgari Serpenti cuff and diamond bracelets.

Amy Adams in Cartier

 

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Amy Adams has her pick of vintage Cartier jewels to go along with her scintillating Versace mermaid dress. Adams wears a modern tennis necklace that holds on to the Pyramid Clip Brooch made in 1935. She also dons other Art Deco-era pieces: a pair of ear studs with baguette and trilliant cut diamonds as well as a diamond and platinum bracelet.

Rachel Weisz in Cartier

 

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Disobedience star and Oscar nominee Rachel Weisz was pulling off all kinds of dominatrix vibes in her red latex Givenchy gown. She dons a diamond laurel band — which really is made up of a pair of Belle Epoque-style Cartier fernspray brooches made in 1903 — with equal lashings of subtlety and Roman elegance with her outfit.

Helen Mirren in Harry Winston

 

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Helen Mirren goes for a matching set of Harry Winston with her flowy, pink dress. She wears a stunning 136-carat Winston Cluster diamond necklace along with 22-carat diamond earrings and another 79-carat diamond bracelet. It sounds massively heavy but the dame manages to pull it off confidently and effortlessly.

Michelle Yeoh in Chopard

 

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Michelle Yeoh has worn some truly epic pieces — like a limited edition gem-studded Richard Mille timepiece worth US$1.6 million — on the red carpet before. This time, she goes for something comparatively subtle against her shimmering Elie Saab gown: a pair of pear-cut diamond drops and a vine of diamond-studded flowers cuffed around her wrist.

Danai Gurira in Fred Leighton

 

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The Black Panther star pulls off a head-to-toe ensemble in gold. Danai Gurira goes for subtle pieces with maximum impact. Against her head full of braids, she pulls off a gold embossed split headband and a matching pair of chandelier earrings. A regal look for the gods.

Maya Rudolph in Irene Neuwirth

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So Maya Rudolph’s dress is… controversial. But we find no fault with her chandelier earrings. This pair is a colourful ensemble of diamond, turquoise, coral and pearls; certainly a great representation of the LA-based jewellery designer, Irene Neuwirth’s, style. What we appreciate is the cheery contrast to the more serious high jewellery pieces featured on the red carpet so far.

Jasmine Tay
Senior Writer
Jasmine Tay is the dining, culture and jewellery writer. She makes fine silver jewellery and causes mini-explosions in the kitchen when she can't afford fancy dinners. Sometimes she tells people what she thinks about art, and binges on the music of Danzig when they don’t agree.