Red carpet jewellery

PUBLISHED : Monday, 10 September, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 10 September, 2007, 12:00am

With awards season coming up, take cues from celebrities on the red carpet and accessorise your ensemble with jewels worth their weight in bling.

A spokesperson from Bulgari, a favourite with the likes of Kirsten Dunst and Sharon Stone, says the jewellery and attire should complement each other.

'It's quite difficult to say whether you should pick one statement piece or opt to layer - which is popular nowadays - because it depends on the dress you've chosen,' she says. 'For example, a dress with a high neckline matched with long dangling earrings may be enough to make a dramatic effect. However, for a dress with a low neckline, a long statement necklace may work better.'

Although diamonds are the easiest jewels to match, she suggests experimenting with multi-coloured pieces. This white gold necklace from Bulgari's new High Jewellery collection is set with sapphires and rubies as well as pear-shaped rose-cut, round rose-cut and pave diamonds (price available on request; tel: 2523 8057).

Chopard, which frequently outfits celebrities for events such as the Cannes Film Festival, has a collection of statement jewels named the Red Carpet Collection. Standouts include an intricately detailed necklace set with precious stones, as well as semi-precious stones such as pearls, opals, coral, quartz, moonstone, amethyst and tourmaline (HK$1.07 million).

When it comes to dressing for gala events, Jennifer Liu from Harry Winston says jewellery should be the focal point of the outfit: your clothing should match your jewels rather than vice versa.

'In the past, red carpet fashion was all about the dress,' she says 'In recent years we're seeing more dresses chosen to work with a piece of fine jewellery.'

She says Harry Winston's famed wreath necklace (HK$17.16 million) - worn by Jennifer Lopez in Maid in Manhattan - is a popular red carpet choice, as are the cluster earrings (HK$1.932 million) worn by Marilyn Monroe in her Andy Warhol silkscreen print.

Celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow and Kate Hudson have also donned the earrings, which are made from a cluster of multi-shaped stones in an almost invisible platinum setting.

If you prefer to make less of a statement, another option is to layer several pieces.

A representative from Van Cleef & Arpels recommends stacking bracelets or bangles as a hip alternative to necklaces, rings or earrings. 'Stars such as Reese Witherspoon, Lindsay Lohan, Liv Tyler and Anne Hathaway are often seen wearing stacks of bracelets and bangles with simple diamond earrings as a youthful and trendy way to wear fine jewellery.'

She says men can accessorise with bejewelled cufflinks, clips or even watches. Van Cleef & Arpels has a discreet diamond-encrusted Plume au vent clip (HK$866,000) that can add sparkle to a gentleman's tuxedo or suit. Or go for an evening watch such as Harry Winston's Premier Biretrograde timepiece, set with baguette diamonds.

Shopping list:

Harry Winston

Inquiries: 2880 9808

Van Cleef & Arpels

Shop G15, Prince's Building, Central. Inquiries: 2522 9677


Shop G3, Chater House, Central. Inquiries: 2523 8057


Shop 2048, IFC Mall, Central. Inquiries: 2805 0777