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Monday, February 13, 2017

BAFTA Versus Grammy Red Carpet Jewelry Battle, Who Wins?

Beyoncé wearing a $12 million necklace by Lorraine Schwartz with 400
carats of diamonds.
Photo by Getty Images

Sunday was a busy night for style and fashion watchers. Two international award presentations were held on both ends of the pond on Sunday. Not to mention New York Fashion Week. But let’s forget about that last one. 

The red carpet parades for both the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles and the BAFTAs in London (the British equivalent of the Oscars) provided some standouts glimpses of fine jewelry. The larger brands were not in full force at either event but those who did make it favored the BAFTAs. The Grammys in particular provided a chance for independent designers to show their stuff on a big stage without being overwhelmed by the large brands. It won’t be like this for the Oscars on February 26. 

The BAFTA Jewels

Photo by REX Shutterstock

One of the most talked about jewels of the evening have an unknown origin. Kate Middleton wore a pair of sizable drop-shaped chandelier diamond earrings with what appears to be a large pear-shaped diamond in the center, possibly a light pink diamond. As of Monday afternoon the origin of the earrings is a mystery.

Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images

Nicole Kidman wore more than 130 carats of Harry Winston Diamonds. The long Caftan Diamond Tassel Necklace (67.63 carats) set in platinum was the showstopper. It was accompanied by emerald-cut diamond earstuds, a marquise Cluster diamond bracelet, a pear-shaped Cluster diamond Ring, and a Winston Cluster diamond brooch, all set in platinum.


Chopard dressed two celebrities for the event. French actress Isabelle Huppert wore a pair of 18k white gold earrings set with pear-shaped emeralds (68cts), pear-shaped diamonds (14cts) and marquise-cut diamonds; as well as an 18k white and rose gold ring set with a 2-carat heart-shaped fancy orange pink diamond, a 2-carat heart-shaped diamond (2cts) and brilliant diamonds, both from the High Jewelry Collection, and two rings from the Ice Cube Collection.


Penelope Cruz wore an 18k rose gold ring set with rubellites and brilliant diamonds from Chopard’s Temptations Collection.

Photo by REX

London-based jewelry designer Kat Florence provided jewels for two BAFTA winners. Emily Leo, who received the award for “Outstanding Debut by a British Writer,” wore Kat Florence Zultanite earrings. 


Actress Hayley Squires from I Daniel Blake, winner of “Outstanding British Film,” was adorned in Kat Florence Lumiere earrings and Lemon Tanzanite ring.


Actress and producer Daisy Ridley wore the Cartier Paris Nouvelle Vague bracelet in 18k white gold, lacquer and diamonds; the C de Cartier earrings in 18k white gold and diamonds; and Reflection de Cartier earrings in 18k white gold, diamonds.


Actress Holliday Grainger was decked out in Forevermark Diamonds, a De Beers diamond brand. Specifically she wore Diamond Cluster earrings and a Two Stone Diamond Cocktail ring, both set in 18k white gold.


The Grammy Jewels:

Beyoncé (top photo) was inexplicably snubbed again by the Grammy voters but she still wore it well as the Diva was adorned with a $12 million necklace by Lorraine Schwartz featuring 400 carats of diamonds as told by Marion Fasel of Adventurine.


Celine Dion wore Dvani emerald with diamond earrings


Jennifer Lopez wore Butani diamond bracelet and rings


Grammy nominee Mya wore diamond jewels by L’Dezen by Payal Shah


Taraji P. Henson wore Hearts on Fire diamond studs


Laverne Cox wore a Borgioni bracelet


Kat Graham wore Le Vian diamond studs


Kimberly Schlapman of Little Big Town wore Lydia Courteille earrings


Giuliana Rancic wore L’Dezen by Payal Shah diamond earrings and a Le Vian ring

So which awards show wins? You decide. 

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