Daily Archives: February 12, 2009

Diamonds, white metals snag Grammy spotlight

Jennifer HudsonLos Angeles–Coldplay, Jennifer Hudson and John Mayer were among the recording artists who scooped up top honors at last night’s 51st Annual Grammy Awards, but in terms of jewelry, diamonds set in white metals were the night’s big winners.

While the Grammys are generally noted for their more outlandish displays of fashion, a number of men and women performing and presenting on the Feb. 8 stage went classic in terms of their jewelry choices, especially with diamond jewelry.

Diamond drop earrings were ubiquitous, as were vintage pieces, line bracelets and right-hand rings.

Best New Artist winner Adele performed her “Chasing Pavements” hit in Stephen Russell diamond drop earrings, an antique diamond-flower brooch and an antique diamond and tortoise-shell hair comb. And “I Kissed a Girl” crooner Katy Perry played up her retro Varga-girl style in an H. Stern vintage diamond bracelet, diamond floral ring and diamond “Sofia” bangle, finished off with Jacob and Co. princess-cut diamond drop earrings set in platinum.

American Idol alum and Grammy nominee Jordin Sparks picked a diamond link bracelet, diamond stud earrings and ring from Damiani, while fellow nominee Sara Bareilles chose diamond and platinum bracelets, earrings and a ring, all from Neil Lane.

And the guys didn’t lay low on the diamonds either. Jamie Foxx chose diamond stud earrings and cuff links by Neil Lane, while Jay-Z picked Lane’s diamond and black onyx tie pin and diamond shirt studs. Grammy winner Lil Wayne went the black diamond route, choosing a Chris Aire watch with a full black diamond case, dial and bracelet.

In addition to the more traditional styles, playful looks weren’t too far off. Whitney Houston helped to open the show in a Lorraine Schwartz cuff bracelet and disco-ready fan earrings, both in blackened platinum with diamonds, while Gwyneth Paltrow paired a metallic mini-dress with silver-toned earrings plus a heart-shaped diamond ring from Chopard. Miley Cyrus proved that she’s already a veteran in jewelry wardrobing, expertly mixing Lorree Rodkin and Stephen Webster pieces for her performance with Taylor Swift. Meanwhile, Jennifer Hudson accepted her Grammy for best R and B album in a Cartier diamond and onyx panther cuff and long, geometrically shaped diamond earrings.

Reprinted from February 09, 2009 National Jeweler