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O'Connor Notes Jewelry Trends for the Awards Season

Bright, Bold Colors and Handmade Jewelry to Grace Red Carpet
Jan 11, 2012 3:21 PM   By Jeff Miller
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RAPAPORT... Style expert Michael O'Connor will host StyleLab's jewelry style event for Golden Globe nominees, presenters and their stylists at a private venue in Los Angeles. O'Connor has chosen a selection of one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces from top designers for celebrities to borrow for the red carpet including rare colored gemstones and diamonds.

O'Connor sees an overall fascination with the 1950s and 1960s underway this season and offers the following predictions:

Bright and vibrant colored gemstones that were big in the 1960's including pink, red, blue and green, will make resurgence. Gems will be large and accented with diamonds. One item chosen from the American Gem Trade Association is a 159-carat multi-color sapphire necklace from Baggins, and a pair of earrings from Bhojwani with 88 carats of pink morganite. Zambian emerald earrings from the Gemfields collection will be a popular choice.

Chunky cuff styles with geometric shapes and vintage designs will be prevalent. Designer Chad Allison's art deco and retro styles definitely draw attention to the wrist when worn alone or stacked, he said.

While diamond studs will always remain a staple, there will be a return to oversized drop or chandelier earrings that practically touch the collarbone. Look out for Beverly Hills designer Dena Kemp's three-tiered black diamond drop earrings. Celebrities who want to take the customized-color route will look stunning in Gemvara's triple round gemstone drop earrings that can be customized to their dress color specifications.

Colorful rings with nature-inspired motifs from the 1960s, such as designer Farah Khan's "Butterfly" ring, will be seen on celebrities, many of whom will choose large styles that contrast dress colors. 

Handmade pieces such as dangling curved wiring earrings in various shapes are ideal for younger actresses and those wishing for a more delicate style. Jewelry By Gail even adds snowflake charms and fun gemstones at the base of her French Wire designs.

Tags: awards, color, gemstones, Jeff Miller, Jewelry, oconnor, red carpet, style
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