Happy May 4!
To my science-fiction friends: “May the Fourth be with you!” Enjoy your Star Wars movie-marathons and quarantine-cosplay video parties!
Meanwhile, I’m swerving another direction.
May the FOUR be with you!
I’m talking about the big four. Emeralds, Sapphires, Rubies and Diamonds. I’m going to share some favorite vintage red carpet appearances with you here. Of course, there are thousands of moments we could celebrate. The four queens of cinema and stardom below are those who first come to mind when I think about our most precious green, red, blue and white sparklers.
Vintage green: Angelina Jolie’s 115-carat pear-shaped emeralds from 2009
It was 11 years ago when this audacious set of emerald earrings setting off madame’s green eyes, wowed the 2009 Academy Awards. Estimated to cost $2.5 million, designer Lorraine Schwartz seemed to know precisely what would take our breath away. No surprise, that. The bespoke designer has also provided jewelry for sensations like Beyoncé, Blake Lively and Kim Kardashian.
This night was special. The usual look in Angelina’s eyes, memorized from my days idolizing Lara Croft, Tomb-Raider, always seemed to say “I know something you don’t.” Well, on the red carpet that night they clearly said “I have something you don’t.” And she was right. Fortunately, we can live vicariously through our heroes.
Vintage blue: Helen Mirren’s $3.8 million dollar sapphire necklace from 2018
The 2018 Oscar’s appearance of Dame Helen Mirren wearing this delicious creation by jewelry icon Harry Winston is still fresh in my mind. Whoever chose her dress color knew precisely how to make those cushion-cut sapphires in her necklace and matching earrings set in platinum pop. The abundant diamonds provided white-hot contrast and perfectly matched Helen’s beautiful platinum hair.
My lady is one of very few in her craft who has achieved the acting Triple Crown. She has an Academy Award, a Tony Award, and a shelf full of Emmys. When you pair those accolades with her electrifying look that night, what else can one say but “Hot Dame!”
Vintage red: Jane Fonda in Cartier’s Queen Makéda ruby necklace from 2015
Showstopper. Jane Fonda blew the field away in 2015 when she appeared wearing Cartier’s Reine Makéda Necklace necklace and its jaw-dropping 15.29 carat Mozambique ruby. Crafted in platinum, with accompanying 3.51 and 5.10 carat colorless rose-cut and pear diamonds, the ruby can be detached, permitting the necklace to be worn in a number of ways. That’s Cartier’s signature move. A total of 3,320 hours went into creating the piece.
The formal rules at Cannes stipulate that even the paparazzi have to be dressed in tuxedos and gowns. Lady Jane made them seem like paupers wearing this historic necklace, fit for a Queen.
Vintage white: Nicole Kidman’s 1,399 carat rough and polished diamond sautoir from 2008
Spectacular. That’s all. Inspired by L’Wren Scott and crafted by Uni-Design Ltd. of Paris and India, Nicole dazzled us with something truly special at the 2008 Academy awards . Not simply top quality diamonds of all shapes, cuts and sizes. No no. This medley also incorporated rough diamonds, fully celebrating of the King of all precious gems. It took more than 6200 hours to assemble this piece, and every second was worth it. We have never seen such a piece on the Red Carpet, before or since.
Time magazine has twice named Nicole one of the 100 most influential people in the world. That night she influenced my jewelry palate and passions at a fever pitch. The blinding flashes as she turned on the carpet seemed to leap into my living room. I may have yelped a bit. I may even have startled my neighbors. But that cannot be confirmed.
What about you?
Who wore your vintage big four? Any favorite celebrity appearances from notable actors wearing emeralds, sapphires, rubies and diamonds? Do tell.