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Judge the Jewels: Selena Gomez Pulls Off Polished Petals In Mismatched Pasquale Bruni

The full lineup appears to be three rings, a bracelet, and earrings from two different earring pairs.




The sighting: Selena Gomez attended the VMAs in a dramatic red gown accessorized with Pasquale Bruni floral jewelry. It’s magnificent and we must discuss!

The jewels: Gomez is wearing an assortment of floral jewels from Pasquale Bruni’s Giardini Segreti & Petit Garden collections. The full lineup appears to be three rings, a bracelet, and earrings from two different earring pairs, all in diamonds and 18K white gold.

This is based on my research, not stylist confirmation, but the specific pieces appear to be: this $32,000 Giardini Segreti bracelet, one of these $27,850 Giardini Segreti earrings, one of these $42,700 Giardini Segreti earrings, this $14,150 Giardini Segreti ring, this $21,200 Giardini Segreti ring, this $27,350 Giardini Segreti ring, and this $6,740 Petit Garden ring.

The trends: Florals are pretty popular at the moment, but this bold, asymmetrical take on the theme feels like a sophisticated elevation of the trend.

Besides the motif, the choice of large earrings paired with several rings and a bracelet fits current red carpet trends of adorning the ears and extremities while leaving the neck bare. Add to that the growing resurgence of white metals, and this look could not be more on trend.

What do we think? It can be tricky for former child stars to nail the tone of their “I’m a real adult now” fashion sense, but Selena Gomez is doing it with aplomb. Foliate jewelry with a vaguely floral, vibrantly red and revealing gown could have come off as overly on-the-nose or excessively dramatic, but the large, simple design of the petals and the unexpectedness of the earrings’ asymmetry keeps this feeling fabulously fresh and incredibly chic.

On a personal note, I’ve had the pleasure of trying on pieces from Pasquale Bruni’s Giardini Segreti collection in the past and I’ve always been very impressed by how obviously well made they are. This is a very classy jewelry choice.

Judgement: 17/10 for a brilliantly curated jewelry moment.

What do YOU think?


Becky Stone writes about jewelry styles for INSTORE. She is founder and CEO of well-known jewelry blog Diamonds in the Library.



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