20 December

Sparkle and Shine

‘Tis the season for sparkle and what better place to find holiday pizzazz than the premiere of the movie New Year’s Eve?

The cast of the new flick came dressed to impress. All the men looked dashing in suits, and naturally for the women it was all about the dress.

Sequins, crystals, lace, and even feathers — nothing is too over the top for New Year’s Eve. But with such outstanding gowns, what jewels do you wear? These six stars show us how it’s done by keeping the jewels minimal, yet high-impact.

Abigail Breslin and Lea Michele kept it sweet and simple with halo earrings. Abigail’s somewhat resemble Gemvara’s Margarita Earrings, while Lea’s were a bit larger and a drop style.

Hillary Swank, Christine Lakin, and Sofia Vergara opted for large chandelier-style earrings while keeping the rest of their jewels minimal. This effect brings all the focus up to the face and puts a little glimmer in the eye.

Lastly, Katherine Heigl went bold in a statement necklace and diamond stud earrings. These were the just the right pieces for her strapless frock and short bob. Once again, the jewels brightened up her face and drew all attention upwards.

What are you planning to wear this holiday? Do you like to keep your jewels minimal or are you all for over-the-top?

Photo Credit: Glenn Harris / PR Photos

6 October

Jewelry Spotter: Lea Michele

The red carpet diva is back and as fierce as ever. Lea Michele was spotted at the Los Angeles premiere of “American Horror Story” last weekend and we cannot get over those poses! This girl doesn’t mess around. Although we’re not so sure about the “dress” (which is, in fact, a top from ASOS) we think the gems are fantastic. Her flower studs by Amrapali and TWO towering cocktail rings by M.C.L. by Matthew Campbell Laurenza, show that more really is, well more.

20 September

Who Wore It Best: Emmy Edition

You saw the stars walk the Emmy red carpet Sunday night and you’ve had a day to gossip and digest the outfits (aka watch Fashion Police praise or tear apart these poor ladies). We assume everyone has a favorite, now here’s your chance to vote for yours — and stick it to Joan, if necessary! So tell us: Who wore it best?

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Photo Credit: Andrew Evans / PR Photos

19 September

Emmy Jewelry: Red Alert

Red ruled the red carpet at the 2011 Emmy Awards. Kate Winslet, Lea Michele, Nina Dobrev, and other stars chose red dresses. But even more stars chose red gems: dangling ruby earrings added a punch of color to dresses of every hue. Lea Michele matched ruby earrings to her red dress. Kelly Osbourne and Anna Torv matched ruby with black. Jane Krakowski wore ruby earrings with a neutral gown. The whole night was a master class on how versatile, even neutral, red can be. No wonder the dramatic shade is a perennial must-have in the stylish woman’s jewelry box: the ruby earrings below are an irresistible example!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo Credit: Lea Michele, Kelly Osbourne, and Anna Torv by Andrew Evans / PR Photos; Jane Krakowski by Jordan Strauss / WireImage.

13 September

Gemvara's Emmy Predictions

With less than a week until the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards, it’s about time we start making some predictions! Of course there is a big difference between who will win and who should win – everyone loves their Parks and Recreation, but who can deny Modern Family? However, because we’re fashion and jewelry obsessed we decided to make our predictions based on the people we’d like to see on the stage and, of course, that’s the people with the best style.

Best Drama Series:

We’re not sure how the rest of you feel, but for us this one was a no brainer: Mad Men. These ladies are unstoppable in the world of fashion and jewelry as they have radically changed America’s perception of 1960s style. Always dressed to the nine’s in juicy jewels and figure flattering dresses, we are so excited to see what Christina Hendricks, January Jones and Elisabeth Moss will wear this year. Although we haven’t seen these ladies on screen for almost a year, their irresistible personalities and Mad Men’s intriguing story line have us on the edge of our seats waiting for it to return. In the meantime, we’ll be content with a little Emmy teaser.

Best Comedy Series:

Some of you may have had enough of the New Directions and some say their second season was a bit “off-key.” However, we can’t seem to get the tune out of our heads. That’s right, we picked Glee. At last year’s Emmy’s, Lea Michele was one of the best dressed stars with her stunning statement necklace and gorgeous navy gown. Not to mention, this year Gwyneth Paltrow, the new substitute teacher, will be present and what can we say, we are smitten! Recently she was spotted at the Venice Film Festival wearing a blush-colored gown with chandelier earrings that were simply divine. We can only hope to see something as delicious this coming Sunday. The icing on the cake for the Glee cast is that Jane Lynch will be hosting the awards. Her on-screen style isn’t exactly Emmy-worthy so we’re excited to see what outfits she has in store (will we see a sequin track suit?).

Now it’s your turn! Who do you think will take home the gold in the big categories this year?

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Photo Credit: Bob Charlotte / PR Photos, Venturelli / WireImage, Andrew Evans / PR Photos

15 August

We're All Ears

Replacing the converse sneakers and school girl skirts for suits and cocktail dresses, the cast of Glee showed up in perfect attendance (and style) to the premiere of their new movie, “Glee: The 3-D Concert Movie,” last week in L.A. The documentary follows the gang on the “Glee Live! In Concert!” tour, which ran from May through mid-June in the U.S., with shows in England and Ireland in late June and early July.

Although we’ve seen them in formal attire before, the cast looked especially dashing at their big event. All the boys appeared in suits and the ladies looked lovely in cocktail dresses. Despite their varying personalities most of the girls in attendance seemed to be perfectly in tune with the drop earring trend that in so hot this summer… Not all worn in the same way, of course.

Leah Michele wore exotically elegant, silver earrings by Stephen Webster. Diana Argon was seen in gold, leaf earrings by Cathy Waterman. Jenna Ushkowitz had on Bavna silver and gold, cut-out, pear shaped earrings with diamonds. Other Glee cast members who were seen in drop earrings were Jayma Mays, Ashley Fink, Heather Morris, and Charlotte Ross.

Photo Credit: David Gabber / PR Photos

14 February

Grammy Jewelry: Bold Bracelets

Snakes and parrots and cuffs, oh my! Stars at the 2011 Grammy Awards rocked bold and colorful bracelets, sometimes stacking them almost to the elbow.  Darkened metals and black diamonds added a rock and roll edge to the trend.

The most beautiful example of the trend is Kim Kardashian’s striking snake cuff by Lorraine Schwartz.  The coils of the serpent are platinum set with fancy colored diamonds. Lea Michele also chose a can’t-miss cuff by Lorraine Schwartz with two parrot heads in black diamond, ruby, emerald, and sapphire.

Miranda Lambert beautifully combined straight and wavy bracelets by Bavna in yellow and white gold for her Grammy performance. Jennifer Hudson wore two platinum and diamond bracelets by Neil Lane.  Miley Cyrus piled bracelets by Ofira on both arms and added some big rings to boot in the most over-the-top example of the trend.

19 January

2011 Golden Globes: In the Pink

Blush, powder-puff, coral, salmon and fuchsia: many of the colors on 2011′s Golden Globe colorful red carpet were inspired by the cosmetics counter.  Stars who were pretty in pink include Julianne Moore, Lea Michelle, Claire Danes, Nathalie Portman, and Sandra Bullock.

If the palette was from make-up, add in some green eye-shadow: Angelina Jolie, Catherine Zeta Jones, Elizabeth Moss and Mila Kunis had emerald-green gowns. Angelina matched green with emerald earrings from her upcoming jewelry collection, Catherine dripped in diamonds from Van Cleef & Arpels and Elizabeth chose Lorraine Schwartz.)  Ladies in red included January Jones and Christina Hendricks from Mad Men.

The best jewelry looks of the night were surprisingly modern and fresh, with a nod to the seventies: best actress Claire Dane’s 70s-era diamond-frosted cuff bracelet by Fred Leighton and best supporting actress Katey Sagal in striking geometric earrings.  Can we expect more modern styles at the Oscars?

Jane Krakowski and Tina Fey both shone in dramatic blue sapphire earrings by Lorraine Schwartz. Scarlett Johansson, Jennifer Lopez, Carrie Underwood and Alicia Keys all wore jewels in their hair.

Lea Michele wore a spectacular vivid teal Paraiba tourmaline ring by Lorraine Schwartz which contrasted beautifully with her pink dress.  Lea wasn’t the only one to play with color contrast: Julianne Moore wore emerald rings with her pink gown, Sofia Vergara wore a David Webb Persian turquoise ring with deep pink, Nicole Kidman wore jet black and turquoise with a creamy pink gown, and Kyra Sedgwick set off turquoise-studded Ofira jewelry against an orange gown.

Many stars chose small classic stud or drop earrings. Although many stars, like Eva Longoria and Michelle Williams, chose bare necks and stud earrings, there were more pretty necklaces than usual.  Julianne Moore threaded a spectacular Bulgari diamond necklace through her shocking pink Lanvin dress, Nathalie Portman had a fringe of diamonds by Tiffany & Co, Helen Mirren had a dramatic waterfall necklace by Cartier, Sarah Hyand had beautiful golden pearls in lacy diamonds by Mikimoto, and Diane Agron won many votes for best jewelry with a lovely lacy diamond bib by Cathy Waterman.

Tina Fey jewelry at 2011 Golden Globes

2 September

The Emmy for Best Jewelry

Today’s hottest TV actresses brought out the jewelry big guns at the 2010 Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, California. The best red carpet jewels category was fiercely contested this year.

Modern Family’s Sofia Vergara was a golden, glowing dream in a Carolina Herrera gown embellished with gold sequins. She perfectly pared this jaw-dropping dress with fan-shaped gold dangle earrings. It’s no surprise Sofia took home an Emmy for best comedy series with a spot-on red carpet performance like the one she had this evening. Take her golden lead and search for white gold dangle earrings on Gemvara.

Mad Men’s ladies are mad for jewelry also. Red-hot Christina Hendricks demanded the spotlight in a pale lavender Zac Posen gown. Her newly single co-star, Elisabeth Moss, exuded grace and elegance. Elisabeth’s dove-grey silk chiffon one-shoulder gown was a refreshing departure from her fashionista colleagues. She completed the look with eye-catching yet classy gemstone earrings.

But the winning jewelry look of the evening goes to Glee’s Lea Michele, who sported brand-new bangs and celebrated her birthday in style at the awards show. She wore an Oscar de la Renta 2011 navy silk taffeta sweetheart neckline gown with bundles of organza flamenco ruffles around the skirt. The icing on the cake was a sparkling fancy-colored diamond Lorraine Schwartz bib necklace and matching bracelets. Someone blow out this candle because it might catch the place on fire!


Actress, writer and improviser Brooke Lenzi is a performer on stage and screen in Los Angeles. She likes gifts that come in small packages.

30 August

Emmy Jewels: Red Gems on the Red Carpet

NBC’s peacock and tag line “more colorful” lined the 2010 Emmy red carpet this year and the stars obeyed, with colorful gowns and even more colorful jewelry. Even black was not-so basic this year, as stars added boldly colored earrings to enliven dark dresses.

The jewel tone of the night was definitely red.  Eva Longoria Parker was the best example of this. She set off her basic black goddess dress by Robert Rodriguez with stunning ruby chandelier earrings by Loren Jewels.

Tina Fey moved away from her usual basic black, accessorizing her embroidered black and white Oscar De La Renta gown with ruby and black diamond drop earrings by Lorraine Schwartz.

Kelly Osborne looked surprisingly stunning in plain black diamond drop earrings and Tony Ward black gown.

Heidi Klum wore a bold ruby and diamond statement necklace and bold ruby ring by Lorraine Schwartz to accent a short black Marquesa dress. Even Anna Paquin,whose black and gold Alexander McQueen dress with beaded epaulettes was hardly basic, added a rubellite bracelet to the black and gold stacks on both arms.

Kyra Sedgwick wore a burgundy Monique Lhuillier gown with a bold 60-carat rubellite tourmaline ring by Ofira and an armful of colorful “Eat Pray Love” style bracelets in platinum.

Mariana Klaveno from True Blood wore red  topaz to offset her pink Tony Ward dress and Naya Rivera wore pear shape ruby earrings to accent her teal satin dress.
Jennifer Westfeldt wore a large and lovely amethyst ring with her beaded gown, as well as the dashing Jon Hamm on her arm, the ultimate accessory.

Statement necklaces had a surprisingly strong showing.  Lea Michele rocked a glamorous fancy colored diamond bib necklace by Lorraine Schwartz with her navy Oscar de la Renta gown, winning the top place on many best-dressed lists, although the Emmy for best actress in a comedy went to Edie Falco.


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