The BAFTAs have defined the jewellery trend for 2014. Gone are flashy statement pieces, which scream ‘‘look at me!’’ and threaten to outshine even the most extravagant ballgowns. Opulent elegance has arrived. Fine jewellery still pervaded the red carpet, of course, but pieces were dainty and sophisticated, complementing the wearer’s ensemble rather than outshining them completely.
The girls’ best friend, diamonds were the gemstone of choice for the stars. Elsewhere, I spotted glittering blue sapphires and classic pearls. I predicted blue stones would have a shining moment as, back in January, an exceptional 29.6 carat blue diamond was discovered (which recently sold for a whopping $25.6 million). American actress Gillian Anderson stood out for me in this jewellery trend. She sported a spectacular diamond and blue sapphire pendant necklace and matching drop earrings, which caught the light beautifully and complimented her vintage Balmain Couture dress.
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Superstar model and actress Uma Thurman, looked chic in navy with glittering accessories. I spotted her diamond bracelet, as it adds the perfect amount of sparkle to contrast her dark dress. Model and contributing British Vogue editor Laura Bailey also worked this look in a classic black gown with stunning diamond bracelet and necklace ensemble.
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Popstar Lily Allen turned heads in a bold colour block Vivienne Westwood dress and unusual hair piece, but it was her eye-catching diamond earrings which got my attention. Diamond hoops are a best-seller, and the trend looks set to continue after this year’s BAFTAs jewellery showcase. My collection includes these ravishing diamond hoop earrings, which feature 48 round diamonds in a prong setting with a total carat weight of 0.33ct. They’re popular because they can up the glamour for an evening do, adding exuberance to that LBD, yet they work well for daytime too. They can give an ordinary everyday outfit the ‘‘wow’’ factor, without being overkill.
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Overall, jewellery pieces were dazzling without going over the top. Diamonds were in abundance, whether on stud earrings (as seen on Angelia Jolie and Dame Judi Dench), or necklaces and bracelets.
Rising star Lupita Nyong’o dazzled in pearls and gold pieces, whilst coloured gemstones were favoured by the likes of Gillian Anderson (who chose blue sapphires), and TV star Gwendoline Christine, seen in exuberant emerald earrings.
Vashi Dominguez is a diamond expert and founder of www.vashi.com.