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These Were the Most Dazzling Jewels at the 2019 Oscars

Get inspired by these show-stopping looks.

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The Oscars traditionally wrap award season with shining examples of what looks and categories of jewelry have begun to trend at the Golden Globes, Critics Choice, SAGs and Grammys. What’s clear is that each of the award shows has become about glamour and show-stopping jewels.

The 91st Academy Awards drove home the message of the awards season that all classifications of jewelry are important for 2019. Although earrings continue to evolve as the strongest in diamond and gemstone jewelry, we are seeing a winning number of statement necklaces, wide bracelets and cocktail rings. And happily, the hair jewel made a comeback during the final awards show of 2019

Here we take a look at the best jewel at the 91st Academy Awards in each category.

But before we do, special mention needs to go to one historical jewel that hasn’t been worn since 1961. The famous Tiffany diamond, bought by Charles Lewis Tiffany in 1878, a year after it was discovered in South Africa, became the jewel in the company’s proverbial crown. A “wardrobe of settings” was created for the 128.54-carat diamond by Jean Schlumberger, renowned designer for Tiffany & Co., and it was worn by Audrey Hepburn in 1961 for publicity stills for the film Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Prior to that, it was worn once by Mrs. Sheldon Whitehouse for a Tiffany Ball in 1957. Until its appearance on Lady Gaga last night at the 2019 Oscars, set into a platinum and white diamond necklace, it was on display at the legendary store. Lady Gaga wore it with Tiffany fancy yellow and white diamond and platinum earrings that set off her black gown.

Photo: INSTARImages/PGI

 

Stills Courtesy of Tiffany &Co./PGI

 

 

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It was a moment that will be remembered and written about for years to come.

And now for the winning jewels in each category:

Earrings

Gemma Chan in Bulgari High Jewelry diamond and emerald earrings that have the feeling of dangling Pagodas. They are the perfect length and light the face with movement and swing. Photo: Rex/Shutterstock

Bracelet

Michele Yeoh in a Chopard diamond bracelet climbing up her wrist. It is perfect with her Elie Saab gown and linear diamond drop earrings. We have seen many Art Deco and Deco inspired bracelets as well as modern cuffs and flexible styles, but this winding cuff is one of the most breathtaking styles of the season. And it bespeaks a bracelet look that continues to trend and will do so into holiday sales. Photo: Rex/Shutterstock

Necklace

Laura Harrier in a Bulgari High Jewelry necklace constructed of 10 antique cut emeralds (33.09 TCW), eight cushion rubellites (18.49- TCW), 154 step cut diamonds (4.57 TCW) and pavé-set diamonds (21.37-TCW) set into platinum. It’s one of the gemstone jewels that offers both a timeless elegance and a youthful appeal. Photo: Rex/Shutterstock

Still courtesy of Bulgari/PGI

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Ring

Regina King in Chopard diamond ring. Although her earrings and bracelet will also stop you in your tracks. Photo: Rex/Shutterstock

Hair Jewel

We say hail to Rachel Weisz, her stylist and Cartier for this look of perfection. Two Cartier Collection brooches from 1903 are fashioned into a garland style diamond and platinum headband. Photo: Getty Images/PGI; Still Courtesy of Cartier

 

Still courtesy of Cartier

 

Jewelry Ensemble

Hands-down Amy Adams in Art Deco and late 1930s jewelry mixed with more modern styles from the Cartier Collection and Cartier high jewels. We particular loved the diamond clip brooch, Paris, circa 1935 fastened to a modern High Jewelry diamond “Tennis” necklace. Photo: INSTARImages/PGI; Stills: Courtesy of Cartier

 

Stills courtesy of Cartier

There were many dazzling styles in each classification. Look to them for inspiration as you create displays, themes and sales for the jewels you have in store or decide what to buy for the upcoming seasons.

Beth Bernstein is a published author of three books and jewelry and fashion expert with 18+ years experience. A broad knowledge of the history of jewelry and fashion coupled with a background in "the story", writing, trends, design concepts has earned Beth a proven track record.

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Failed Fashion Jewelry Chain Is Coming Back

It will operate primarily as an online brand.

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Jewelry and accessories retailer Charming Charlie may have gone bankrupt and closed its 261 stores, but you can expect to see the brand resurface in coming months.

Charlie Chanaratsopon, founder of the company, is acquiring its trademarks, internet properties and other intellectual property for about $1.23 million, the Houston Chronicle reports. He was approved to buy the assets following a bankruptcy auction.

He plans to revive Charming Charlie as primarily an online brand. It will have only a few permanent brick-and-mortar stores, which will open early next year.

The company’s main advantage is its 10-million-strong customer base, said Chanaratsopon, former CEO of Charming Charlie.

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“In this age of retail, we still see an opportunity for the brand to thrive in the online ecosystem,” he said, according to the Chronicle.

The company said in July that it was closing all of its stores in connection with its Chapter 11 bankruptcy filed July 11.

Read more at the the Houston Chronicle

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Online Jewelry Brand Raises $6.2M in Funding

Ross-Simons has taken a majority stake.

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CRANSTON, RI — Luca + Danni Inc., a online jewelry brand based in Rhode Island, has closed on $6.2 million in funding, with Ross-Simons Inc. becaming the majority investor in the deal.

PJC, a Boston-based VC Fund and early investor in Luca + Danni, will retain a stake in the company.

The investments “create a powerful partnership between an iconic jewelry company and three-year-old digital brand,” according to a Luca + Danni press release.

Fred Magnanimi, founder of Luca + Danni, will remain as CEO and board member.

“I started this brand to honor my family’s 50+ year heritage in US made handcrafted jewelry and help others embrace the journey of life as I learned to do after losing my brother to leukemia,” said Magnanimi. “With the amazing resources and strategic support of Ross-Simons and PJC, I am confident we will help millions embrace their own journey and continue to build our community.”

Ross-Simons, also based in Rhode Island, has a long history in retail and direct-to-consumer jewelry sales.

“Luca + Danni is a digitally native brand rapidly taking market share in the jewelry space,” said Jim Speltz, president of Ross-Simons. “Our resources, product expertise, and go-to-market experience matched with Luca + Danni’s powerful brand will foster meaningful growth in the evolving e-commerce world.”

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She Woke Up Without Her Engagement Ring. Guess Where Doctors Found It …

It all started with a dream. (Story with video.)

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A San Diego woman woke up without her engagement ring, and she immediately remembered a dream she’d had the night before.

One where she’d swallowed her engagement ring.

Jenna Evans immediately told her fiance, Bob Howell, and they headed to urgent care. She told the story in a Facebook post that has gone viral, garnering 62,000 shares as of Sept. 16.

She ended up seeing a gastroenterologist, who performed an upper endoscopy.

“Everything went great, they found my ring just beyond my stomach in my intestines, retrieved it and gave it to Bobby, not me,” she wrote.

She also divulged a bit about the dream that got her into the predicament.

“I was having a dream that Bobby and I were in a very sketchy situation involving a high speed train and bad guys (I have very exciting and vivid dreams) and he told me I had to swallow my ring to protect it; so I popped that sucker off, put it in my mouth and swallowed it with a glass of water riiiight about the time I realized what I was doing,” she explained. “I assumed this too was a dream, because WHO ACTUALLY SWALLOWS THEIR ENGAGEMENT RING, so I went back to sleep.”

The ring was made by Simone Jewelry Designs in Houston. CBS8 reports that it includes a 2.4 carat diamond.

Watch a news video about the incident:

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