14 March 2024

Coloured gemstones kept shining as Awards Season reached its apex

Rubies, emeralds, pink sapphires and other brightly-hued gems featured on red carpets at the SAG Awards, Grammys and Oscars, as A-listers continued to show a penchant for vibrant colours.


High glamour was on display, as usual, at these gala events in Los Angeles, which rounded off the entertainment industry’s glittering Awards Season. Stars’ stunning couture gowns were accessorised with the finest jewels from the likes of Bulgari and Tiffany & Co. – with earrings, rings and necklaces often juxtaposing candy-coloured gems with white diamonds for dramatic effect.

Following on from the appearance of the “Big Three” – rubies, emeralds and sapphires – and others at the Golden Globes, Critics’ Choice Awards and Emmys, which kicked off the festivities, big names from film and music continued the trend for coloured jewels right through to the season’s climax at the Oscars.

At the Grammys, music’s premier event in early February, best pop dance recording nominee Bebe Rexha wowed in diamond and emerald rings and earrings from Graziela and EFFY Jewelry. The American singer-songwriter paired an emerald sparkler on each hand with chandelier-style danglers, also featuring emeralds, and a custom-made dress by Robert Wun. Also at the Grammys, performer and six-time nominee Olivia Rodrigo who belted out her hit Vampire during the awards ceremony, was seen wearing a vintage Versace gown and Bulgari High Jewelry mismatched white gold earrings featuring cushion-cut and buff-top rubies with diamonds on the red carpet.


Another fine moment for coloured gemstones at the Grammys came courtesy of its host, Trevor Noah. The South African comedian and writer carried on what seems to be becoming a male trend at awards shows – after Michael B. Jordan and Brendan Fraser sported the look at last year’s Oscars – with a jewelled brooch. Like Jordan, Noah opted for an iconic Jean Schlumberger by Tiffany & Co. Bird on a Rock brooch, featuring over 54 carats of citrine with diamonds and a pink sapphire.


At the SAG Awards, the sparkle factor remained high. Taraji P. Henson, star of nominated film The Color Purple, channelled Old Hollywood glamour in a regal, coiled Serpenti necklace from Bulgari High Jewelry with pear-shaped amethysts, the gem’s distinct colour a nod to the film’s title. She also donned diamond rings, earrings and bracelet and a black, strapless Giambattista Valli Couture gown to complete the look. Also at the SAGs, American actress and comedian Quinta Brunson came out strongly for emeralds: she accessorised her Saint Laurent dress with chandelier earrings and a statement necklace by Yvan Tufenkijan featuring a showstopping pear-shaped emerald.


The Oscars were, once again, an array of colour this year with the likes of Brittany Snow, Zendaya and Lily Gladstone all opting for kaleidoscopic jewels. The world’s most renowned red carpet was treated to a display of tanzanite, morganite, sapphire and more. Mega-star and presenter Zendaya stole the show in a metallic rose pink, palm-patterned corset gown from Giorgio Armani Privé, with jewellery from Bulgari featuring colour coordinated dark pink morganites set in gold.


Best actress nominee Lily Gladstone teamed her midnight blue gown by Gucci x Joe Big Mountain with complementary jewellery. Her Bulgari pieces upped the colour ante in her ensemble with a necklace featuring diamonds, amethysts, turquoise, sapphires and a 28-carat tanzanite at its centre and a nine-carat sapphire ring, with coordinating earrings and bracelet.


And finally, Oscars first-timer Brittany Snow walked the carpet in a strapless canary yellow column dress from Monot accessorised to perfection with a striking chain necklace from Pomellato with tanzanites and brown diamonds. The actress and singer’s inspired choices encapsulated the colourful and individualistic spirit that has defined this year’s Awards Season!