Gemfields kicks off oscar weekend with a star-studded celebration for Ruth Negga and Karla Welch.
February 24, 2017, Los Angeles – The stars lit up West Hollywood on Friday night as Gemfields kicked off the industry’s biggest weekend with an intimate cocktail party at the Chateau Marmont to honor Academy Award nominee, Ruth Negga and her stylist, Karla Welch. High profile attendees including Michelle Dockery, Busy Philipps, Kat Graham, Louise Roe, Garcelle Beauvais and more stepped out in support of Ms. Negga, who is nominated for an Oscar for her role as Mildred in the film, Loving, and Ms. Welch, the woman behind her celebrated red carpet looks.
Collaborating with Ms. Welch, the Ethiopian-Irish actress has quickly risen to the top of fashion’s best-dressed lists throughout the season for her inspired style, which has incorporated vibrant jewelry featuring Gemfields rubies and emeralds. For the cocktail party, Ms. Negga chose a Fred Leighton choker featuring an impressive 24 carat heart-shaped Gemfields Mozambican ruby in a rich midnight red hue framed by ruby pavé to accompany her Rodarte top and pants.
When asked about her unique style, Ms. Negga states, “The most important thing is that you go out feeling confident about what you are wearing and how you look and feel…that imports an inner confidence that I think really translates.”
Ms. Welch added, “I love that Ruth is fearless and so unique. I love that she loves color. She’s inspired me greatly in the jewelry department and has brought out a true love of jewelry for me.”
Several guests showed off a dazzling array of Gemfields colored gemstone jewelry, and party-goers enjoyed Perrier-Jouët’s Belle Epoque Rosé champagne while celebrating the guest of honor.
Sally Morrison, Gemfields’ Director of Sales and Marketing – Americas, comments, “We’re thrilled that our responsibly sourced gems have been selected by this standout Oscar contender.”
As the world’s leading supplier of responsibly sourced colored gemstones, Gemfields has created numerous programs to solidify its positioning as the authority on color. The brand’s recent initiatives include serving as a key sponsor of New York Fashion Week and a partnership with Bergdorf Goodman to celebrate the opening of its jewelry salon.