20 September

The Emmy for Best Jewelry

Modern Family’s sweep at the 2011 Emmy Awards extended to the red carpet too. Winner of the night’s best jewelry look? Sofia Vergara, by a landslide. She set off her bright coral gown with jaw-dropping emerald earrings by Lorraine Schwartz.

Unlike Angelina Jolie’s memorable emerald earrings from the Oscars a few years ago (also by Lorraine), Sofia’s had a lacy peacock feather motif that made them as artful as they were vibrant.

I didn’t even realize until later that she was also wearing a Lorraine Schwartz pinky ring with a dangling emerald charm and a textured gold Ofira cuff: pieces that would have certainly attracted notice from jewelry trend spotters if the earrings weren’t so mesmerizing!

The runners up for the best jewelry award: Heidi Klum and Padma Lakshmi. Heidi brightened her gray dress with enormous flower earrings and ring ablaze with fire opals, also by Lorraine Schwartz. Padma Lakshmi looked stunning in elegant drop earrings from her own jewelry collection.

Is it a coincidence that, among their other talents, both Heidi and Padma are jewelry designers? I’m sure they give more thought to how jewelry makes an outfit. Design your own jewelry and you may take your jewelry style up a level too.

Photo Credit: Sofia Vergara by Frazer Harrison / GettyImages, emerald ring by Sofia Vergara, Heidi Klum by Andrew Evans / PR Photos, Padma Lakshmi by Danny Moloshok / Reuters.

24 August

Wedding Wednesday Showdown: Kim vs. Kate

Kim Kardashian and her (now) husband, Kris Humphries, may not have royal privileges, but taking a look at their wedding this past Saturday it sure seems like they do. In a spectacle that has been said to rival the real royal wedding that took place back in April, there is no doubt that both couples went all out for their weddings, but who did it better? Take a look at our comparisons and vote for your favorite in the Kim vs. Kate wedding showdown.

The dress:

On Kate Middleton’s big day she donned a gown designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen. The white silk dress with detailed Chantilly lace sleeves was designed to emulate an opening flower and included a train almost nine feet long. For her reception Kate wore an ivory gown with a sweetheart neckline and embellished waistband, also by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen.

Kim Kardashian wore not one, but three wedding dresses all custom-designed by Vera Wang. People Magazine reports that the first gown had a full tulle skirt, basque waist and hand-pieced Chantilly lace appliqué on the bodice and train. The second (apparently her favorite) was a Georgette mermaid dress with hand-pieced Chantilly lace on the bodice and a skirt of hand-cut organza petals and Chantilly lace motifs. The final gown was a bias-cut, crepe-back, satin gown with a circle skirt.

The jewels:

Kate wore Queen Elizabeth II’s jewels, including her dazzling drop earrings. She also borrowed a 1936 Cartier tiara from the monarch.

Kim wore $10 million of exclusive Lorriane Schwartz jewels, that included large drop earrings and a diamond encrusted necklace worn as a headpiece (could she have been channeling Kate?). Kim and Kris also exchanged Lorriane Schwartz wedding bands.

The coverage and the big bucks:

The royal wedding was broadcast worldwide on major television networks with many TV specials to follow. CBS also reported that the royal family spent an estimated $34 million on the wedding and that was after some budgeting (Charles and Diana’s wedding came to a whopping $110 million!).

On the other hand, Kim and Kris kept all details of their wedding top-secret… in order to make money. It is reported that the couple made (not spent!) $17.9 million on their wedding. Along with all the freebies the couple received (venue, wedding rings, champagne, and the dresses) the couple also sold their wedding footage to E! for $15 million for a two-part, four-hour special to air in October. Their wedding photos were sold to People for $2.5 million, the engagement announcements to People were $300,000, sale of bridal-shower photos to OK! came to $100,000 and they were paid to have the bachelorette party at Tao Las Vegas for $50,000.

The guest list:

The royal wedding brought Europe’s elite and many celebrities such as David and Victoria Beckham and Elton John. The Independent reports 1,900 guests were in attendance.

Eva Longoria, Carmelo Anthony, Venus and Serena Williams, and Lindsay Lohan were among the 440 guests who attended the Kardashian-Humphries wedding.

So, who did it best in the two biggest weddings of the year? Cast your vote below.

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Photo Credit: Getty Images, 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.

31 January

2011 SAG Awards Jewelry

Tina Fey 2011 SAG Awards earrings

Amy Adams in Kimberly McDonald earringsWhile pink and blush shades dominated the Golden Globe Award red carpet, the best dresses at the 2011 SAG Awards were much more dramatic: lush red, stark white, and even bold prints! Mila Kunis made a lot of best-dressed lists for her red and white Alexander McQueen: a brilliant mash-up of the top trends of the night.

But let’s get down to the important part of the night: the SAG Awards jewelry.  The focus on this year’s red carpet was on earrings and there were a lot of beautiful, flattering styles.

Tina Fey beautifully finished her strapless red dress with diamond leaf dangles from Lorraine Schwartz.  Julianna Margulies finished off her strapless red dress with Bavna diamond door-knocker hoops.

Rosario Dawson in chrysoprase earrings by Susie Fox and Mariska Hargitay in turquoise earrings by David Webb played bold earring color against a different-color dress.  I love the color-play trend, also seen at the Globes on Lea Michele and Nicole Kidman, and hope it will continue at the Oscars.

Another wonderful trend: Kimberly McDonald jewelry, a beautiful modern collection featuring unusual gems like geodes and slices that we saw at the SAG Awards and at the Golden Globes. Amy Adams and Hilary Swank looked gorgeous in Kimberly McDonald designs last night. I adore everything Lorraine Schwartz as much as the next jewelry-loving gal but it’s nice to see another modern choice in the spotlight along with the old-school and vintage blue chip brands like Tiffany, Chopard, Cartier, Fred Leighton, and Neil Lane.

January Jones in black diamond stud earringsWith all the white, red, and black dresses, there were also a lot of black diamond earrings on the red carpet. Winona Ryder had black drop earrings and Christina Hendricks wore pear-shaped Sutra drop earrings with what appear to be black diamonds.  But my attention was drawn to the black diamond stud earrings January Jones wore.  Why have I never realized how wearable black diamond studs would be with everything in my closet?  And they look great with blonde hair.

Pear-shaped drop earrings and drop studs continue to be important and what a wonderful wearable silhouette that works far beyond the red carpet.  Jenna Fisher had nice diamond drop earrings from Adeler that I would wear to my office.  Natalie Portman had the best drops of the evening: more than 27-carats of fancy yellow diamonds from Tiffany valued at $2 million. Although bodyguards would be required to wear these around town, try pear-shaped citrine drop earrings and you’ve got that million-dollar look for much, much less.

Natalie Portman wears yellow diamond earrings at 2011 SAG Awards

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.

9 March

Oscar Jewelry Winners & Losers

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It wasn’t the best year for jewelry at the 2010 Academy Awards. Most stars played it way too safe.  Here are four who didn’t: two who pushed the boundaries and elevated their style to a new level and two who just simply took things a bit too far.


1. Best Jewelry: Carey Mulligan, runner up: Miley Cyrus
Her dress received mixed reviews but everyone agreed that Carey Mulligan’s spectactular diamond earrings by Fred Leighton were the jewelry look of the night. They single-handedly upgraded her style from tomboy to gamine.

Miley Cyrus accented her neutral-toned gown with surprisingly intricate jewelry by Lorraine Schwartz that added grown up glamour that almost made up for her schoolgirl hunch. Her earrings were drop flowers in bronzed diamonds with rubies and her corset-style cuff bracelet was as interesting as the diamond encrusted stacks worn by other stars, but more elegant.


2. Worst Jewelry: Mariah Carey, runner up Kristen Stewart
Mimi is no stranger to excess but her Oscar accessorizing was over-the top even for her: huge looped Chopard diamond drop earrings, huge floral diamond brooch, and several diamond bracelets and rings on each hand.  Add the asymmetrical hemline of her dress and the whole look collapsed under its own weight.

Kristen Stewart took the whole “get completely dressed and then take off one item” rule a bit too far: no earrings, no necklace, no rings, just one thin H. Stern bracelet with her strapless gown. She needed to add one more element to look dressed.

8 March

Oscar Jewelry Trends

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Jennifer Lopez in Button EarringsThe dresses billowed, frothed, and cascaded so it’s not surprising that jewelry at the 2010 Academy Awards was relegated to supporting status. Still, it wouldn’t be the red carpet without spectactular jewels.  Here are the top jewelry trends of this year’s Oscar red carpet.

1. Button Earrings
The surprise trend of this year’s red carpet were diamond button earrings. This retro old Hollywood look spanned generations, from Elizabeth Banks and Amanda Seyfried to Jennifer Lopez, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Meryl Streep.  Several of the best buttons were vintage styles from the thirties and forties.

Sarah Jessica Parker 2010 Oscars2. Stacks of Bracelets
Sarah Jessica Parker, Faith Hill, Julianne Moore and many many other stars piled on stacks of diamond bracelets. Many were set in blackened platinum, a surprise trend on the red carpet this year. The best bracelets were the boldly patterned brown and mint fancy diamond and platinum bracelets by Lorraine Schwartz worn by Amanda Seyfried.

3. Hair Jewels
Diamonds in the hair created a chic, yet unexpected look for red carpet regulars and freshman starlets alike. Vera Farmiga had a leaf brooch in her hair. Presenter Elizabeth Banks accented her gown with a delicate diamond head band by Fred Leighton, Diane Kruger added a Chanel Fine Jewelry black and white diamond flower hair pin, and Demi Moore also accented her hair with a diamond pin. Zoe Kravitz piled on the diamonds, including a 19th Century diamond wing brooch worn in her hair by Fred Leighton.

4. Fancy Colored Diamonds
Kate Winslet 2010 OscarsIf you love serious jewelry, there was only one jaw-dropping ensemble worth mentioning at this year’s Oscars: Kate Winslet’s suite of fancy colored diamond jewelry by Tiffany & Co. The necklace, valued at $2.5 million, featured three large spectacular fancy yellow diamonds set in elegant platinum. The matching earrings added 10 more carats of fancy yellows and then yellow diamond bracelets piled on even more carats.  This was armed-guard level bling but somehow it looked tasteful, even subtle, with Winslet’s silver gown. Several actresses wore fabulous fancy colored diamond pieces by Lorraine Schwartz: Rachel McAdams drop earrings, Nicole Richie’s 100-carat ring, and Amanda Seyfried’s bracelets.