The Academy Awards: Jewelry Over the Years

Glamour On The Red Carpet

People everywhere recognize the Oscars as one of its most glamorous nights in Hollywood. Every major player in the film industry comes out to celebrate the awards and achievements from the previous year’s movies while sporting their elegant Academy Awards jewelry.
With that, you can expect to see your favorite stars wearing the latest, most expensive, and chic designers. Clothing designers that dressed some of the highest-billed and most prominent stars of the year included:
  • Louis Vuitton
  • Givenchy
  • Armani
  • Balmain
  • Valentino
Some of the most stunning pieces on display that can often go overlooked are the watches and jewelry that stars wear for the awards. If you were to compile all of the jewelry and fine watches worn at this year’s Academy Awards, you would have a massive, shiny collection at just over $30 million.
While most of us may fixate on the dresses, suits, tuxes, and other formal wear of the celebrities on the red carpet, watches and jewelry are the accent pieces that steal the show.

Salma Hayek wearing Academy Awards jewelry


2018’s Jewelry at the Academy Awards

Salma Hayek may have been one of the most richly adorned women of the awards that evening. She shared the spotlight with over $4 million worth of diamonds, courtesy of Harry Winston.
Her adornments included platinum earrings and an oval diamond ring. Wearing them made her look like a masterpiece or work of art.

2018’s Jewelry at the Academy Awards

Harry Winston was also featured with world-class star and award-winning presenter Nicole Kidman, whose accouterments came in at over 84 carats’ worth of Winston diamonds.
These were housed over diamond chandelier-style earrings, two platinum bracelets, a diamond cluster ring, and a band.
Nicole Kidman at the Academy Awards
Lindsey Vonn wearing Academy Awards jewelry

2018’s Jewelry at the Academy Awards

Olympic Gold Medalist Lindsey Vonn took a retro approach to her jewelry and dress on the red carpet.
She wore a vintage Bvlgari necklace made of platinum, diamonds, and rubies sourced from circa 1969. Her pendant earrings had rubies from around 1955, and she also wore a platinum and diamond bracelet from the 1930s.

2018’s Watches at the Academy Awards

At least a half dozen stars sported fine watches from IWC Schaffhausen, making it one of the most widely-represented brands on 2018’s red carpet.
Richard Jenkins, who starred in and anchored a massive supporting role in The Shape of Water, chose a Portofino timepiece that clocked in at just under $10,000. Caleb Landry Jones, recognized for his striking performance in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, also brandished a Portofino Chronograph at a retail value of $6,600.
Highly esteemed actor Willem Dafoe, who starred in 2018’s film The Florida Project, chose a Chronograph Edition by DaVinci valued at over $12,000. We noticed that Garret Hedlund was wearing a Portugieser Automatic, valued at over $12,000.
The tremendously talented Donald Glover was recognized for having one of the most notable and expensive watches on the carpet that evening, with a variation of the Portofino Chronograph estimated at over $15,000.


Norma Shearer holding an Academy Award while wearing jewelry

Year’s Past at the Academy Awards

The history of jewelry at the Oscars is equally broad and spectacular. For over 80 years, jewelry has been the defining piece of Oscar fashion.
In the 1930s, Norma Shearer wore her vintage diamond sautoir and wide-set gem bracelet. This was back when she won Best Actress for her performance in The Divorcee.

Year’s Past at the Academy Awards

We can skip a decade and note Vivian Leigh’s large pendant necklace, which featured an emerald cut.
She also wore a gorgeous, gemstone-covered bracelet when receiving her award for Best Actress in Gone With The Wind.
Vivian Leigh wearing emerald necklace at the Academy Awards

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