The best jewellery at the Venice Film Festival 2021, from Zendaya’s mesmerising Bulgari snake necklace to Jessica Chastain’s Chopard diamonds

Zendaya, Anya Taylor-Joy and Jessica Chastain wowed with glittering jewellery at the Venice Film Festival. Photos: Reuters, EPA-EFE, Getty Images, AFP
While cinematic art is celebrated at the 78th Venice Film Festival, fans and the media experience an extra buzz of excitement thanks to the stellar red carpet parade of renowned silver screen stars and A-list celebrities, dressed to the nines and dripping in sparkling gems.

Here’s a recap of some of the most glitzy red carpet looks, radiating glamour with opulent high jewellery and one-of-a-kind fashion.

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Jessica Chastain

Jessica Chastain attends the red carpet of the film Competencia Oficial. Photo: Getty Images

At the screening of Competencia Oficial, American actress Jessica Chastain accessorised her Zuhaid Murad’s scarlet strapless gown with yellow and white diamond pieces from Chopard’s Haute Joaillerie collection.

The sumptuous necklace is set with 40.72 carats of pear-shaped fancy yellow diamonds and 51.50 carats of pear-shaped white diamonds, with their vivid brilliance further enhanced by 5.07 carats of marquise-cut white diamonds and 2.22 carats of yellow diamonds.

Penélope Cruz

Spanish actress Penélope Cruz attends the red carpet of the film Competencia Oficial. Photo: DPA

“Understated elegance” might best describe the ephemeral high jewellery and fashion combination achieved by Spanish actress Penélope Cruz, who also graced the red carpet for the Competencia Official premiere.

Cruz, an ambassador of Chanel, donned a simple white one-shoulder tiered dress from the brand’s Cruise 2021-22 collection. She complemented the look with luminous pearl tassel earrings with diamond accents – a variation of the Camelia earrings in Chanel’s High Jewellery Signature Collection, designed by the legendary Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel herself in 1932.

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Zendaya at the screening of the film Dune. Photo: Reuters

Charismatic actress Zendaya – who has 107 million followers on her Instagram account – commands attention wherever she goes. She was aptly dressed for the premiere of sci-fi adventure film Dune in a custom-made Balmain dress accessorised with a breathtaking necklace from Bulgari’s Magnifica Hypnotic collection.

The brand’s iconic snake design is enlivened with sparkling white diamonds and the seductive green hue of emeralds, including a magnificent 93.83-carat cabochon Colombian emerald in the centre.

Mariacarla Boscono

Mariacarla Boscono arrives for the opening ceremony and screening of Parallel Mothers. Photo: EPA-EFE

Top international model Mariacarla Boscono appeared at the premiere of Parallel Mothers, resplendent in a Jean Paul Gaultier haute couture gown and an iconic Cartier art deco necklace, set with diamonds and emeralds and intricately carved details of onyx and rock crystal.

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Bianca Balti

Bianca Balti arrives for the opening ceremony and the screening of the film Madres Paralelas. Photo: AFP

A top model hailing from Italy, Bianca Balti attracted plenty of frenzied snapping when she walked the red carpet on her way to the screening of Parallel Mothers. In a voluminous Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda ball gown, she was also decked out in a magnificent jewellery set from the design duo’s exclusive Alta Gioielleria collection.

The pieces included outsize cross-shaped gold earrings set with brilliant yellow citrine, paired with a necklace mounted with matching citrine.

Kirsten Dunst

Kirsten Dunst arrives for the screening of the film The Power of the Dog. Photo: AFP

The veteran American actress stars in the film The Power of the Dog, a drama about a ranch in rural Montana in the US.

But for her red carpet appearance, Dunst looked ultra-sophisticated in an Armani Prive gown in black. She added a touch of vibrant colour with a pair of sculptural 19th century gold earrings set with citrine from Fred Leighton.

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Anya Taylor-Joy

Anya Taylor-Joy arrives for the premiere of Last Night in Soho. Photo: EPA-EFE
Having shot to international fame with her starring role in the Netflix series The Queen’s Gambit, American actress Anya Taylor-Joy appeared at the premiere for the film Last Night in Soho, pairing a Christian Dior custom-made gown with a gemset necklace from Tiffany & Co.’s High Jewellery collection.
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  • Zendaya turned heads at the Dune screening in her custom-made Balmain dress with an emerald and diamond snake necklace from Bulgari’s Magnifica Hypnotic collection
  • Penélope Cruz and Kirsten Dunst chose elegant dangling earrings from Chanel and Fred Leighton, while Bianca Balti went for avant-garde-style jewellery by Dolce & Gabbana