The Spotlight Stealing Jewelry of the 2016 Grammy’s
February 19th, 2016 by Noam Flint
The Grammy Awards are the music industry’s biggest night of the year, where artists from all the genres of music come together to celebrate the past year’s achievements and to commemorate important events in the industry.
As this year’s Grammy’s occurred very shortly after the passing of beloved musician David Bowie, much of the evening was dedicated to him, whether it was in outfits that were inspired by him, or outright musical tributes. However, the most important achievement of the evening was that of pop music mega senasation Taylor Swift, who with her win of Album of the Year became the first female musician ever to win 2 Grammy Awards for Album of the Year.
In her triumphant acceptance speech, she offered words of encouragement both for women and for aspiring artists to continue reaching for their dreams, even if others attempt to hold them back or to take credit for their work.
The night was also characterized by the usual embrace by Hollywood’s top celebrities of fashion experimentation that is unique to this red carpet event. In favor of the usual traditional evening gown ensembles, many celebrities choose to experiment with interesting creations by top designers, or to dress in trendier styles.
This year’s fashion choices included the usual gowns but also cocktail dresses, jumpsuits, blazers, cocktail dresses, cutout dresses and even a crop top a la Taylor Swift. However, no outfit, whether traditional or not, is ever complete with a woman’s crowning accessory, her jewelry. As usual, all of the fashionable women of Hollywood selected beautiful diamond and gemstone jewelry to wear on the red carpet, regardless of how dressy or casual their ensemble was. Fancy color diamonds made their appearance as they always do, in good company with many pieces of colorless diamond jewelry, and some surprising gemstone jewelry pieces. Here is a look at the top jewelry pieces of the evening.
Carrie Underwood’s Yellow Diamonds
The country music actress that is famous for her canary yellow diamond engagement ring returned to her old favorite with her gorgeous bespoke necklace. The piece of jewelry was her Valentine’s Day gift from her husband of 7 years, hockey player Mike Fisher, and was custom designed by him and jewelry designer Johnathan Arndt. The necklace features 16 pear shaped Burmese rubies, pave set colorless diamonds, and a centerpiece of an approximately 12 carat fancy intense yellow diamond. As this is a privately owned piece by the singer, the exact details of the necklace are unknown, but it is estimated that it is worth $31 million. She wore it beautifully with her strapless black evening dress by Nicolas Jebran.
Janelle Monae’s Black Diamond Ring
The other appearance of fancy color diamonds of the evening was by singer-actress Janelle Monae. In keeping with her usual black and white ensembles, Janelle wore a Jean Paul Gaultier cocktail dress and coordinated the look with a set of black diamond and colorless diamond earrings and ring by Pasquale Bruni, and supplemented the look with additional colorless diamond rings by Carrera y Carrera. She certainly channeled the value of black diamonds with her look of the evening.
The record setting country music sensation went with a very colorful look for the awards ceremony, between her crop top and ball gown skirt and her chunky Lorraine Schwartz jewelry. She paired her bespoke coral and magenta Atelier Versace two piece outfit with a 2016’s hottest jewelry trend, a choker, and large cocktail rings. The choker is composed of multicolored bezel set gemstones and the rings are solitaire brightly colored gemstone rings. The jury is out about whether her outfit was a hit or a miss, but her jewelry was right on point!
Credit for creative but colorless diamond jewelry choices goes to the 19 year old sister of model Gigi Hadid, herself a model and an aspiring Olympic equestrian. She paired her edgy cutout black Alexandre Vauthier dress with iconic jewelry from Bulgari, specifically large diamond stud earrings, a big serpent diamond cuff bracelet, and coordinating serpent diamond ring. Her look was in line with her usual style and perfect for the evening.
This singer-actress was one of a number of attendees that wore not just one but two outfits to the event, due to the fact that she performed onstage. Her first outfit of the evening was a black Norisol Ferrari blazer and slit maxi skirt with jewelry by Loree Rodkin, but her jewelry with her second outfit was far more interesting. She continued with the two piece theme for her clothing but accessorized with an unbelievable statement diamond necklace from Forevermark that glittered for miles.
Of course, all of the women at the event looked absolutely glamorous, between their beautiful fashion choices and stunning jewelry. We cant wait for the next big event to see what designers will come up with next! What were your favorites? Tell us in the comments!