Award season has started and so I've started peering at the stars ... not at their dresses, hair, shoes or makeup.. but at their jewels!
The usual penchant for earrings was evident again, as was a heavy reliance on diamonds. Notably the earring size is reducing, smaller sized drops were far more evident this year.
Necklaces were few and far between, but when donned, they were statement pieces. Case in point is Sophie Vergara (above). Her bright blue carved turquoise and diamond Lorraine Schwartz necklace was certainly big and bright and noticeable. People either love it with her plain black gown... or hate it. It's certainly a startling contrast and definitely showcases the necklace beautifully... and yes, it made her stand out amongst a sea of diamonds!
So, in no particular order (actually it is alphabetical by first name!) these ladies stood out in the jewel department for wearing something just a little different...
Allison Williams wore a mix of black and white with her smaller sized drop earrings. Diamonds in white gold and a black gem hanging below.
Amy Adams chose diamonds but with a more daring persuasion - this large (30carat) diamond pendant by Lorraine Schwartz on an extra long chain matched her plunging neckline. Can't see the pendant? ... keep scrolling... there it is... waaaay down there!
Angela Bassett wore black tassel earrings that co-ordinated well with her dress.
Ariel Winter chose multicoloured gemstone hoop earrings by Brumani for an exotic touch.
Aubrey Plaza wore a beautiful collar of multi coloured sapphires by Lorraine Schwartz.
Cate Blanchett chose diamonds to go with her black lace gown... but oh, what diamonds! Apparently Chopard also supplied her with security guards.
Dianne Wiest sparkled in golden tones - possible topaz - that sparkled with every move she made - and she moved alot.
Emma Roberts decided to contrast her sleek black gown with very large chandelier style turquoise earrings - perhaps she had the same stylist as Sophie Vergara wearing black and blue?
Heidi Klum had a definite boho flavour to her outfit, aided by the Lorraine Schwartz necklace of black and white diamonds.
Dame Helen Mirren sparkled ALOT. A beaded aqua gown was complemented by Bulgari emerald and diamond earrings.
Jennifer Lawrence wore an interesting white dress with black trim which has received questionable reviews, however her jade, diamond, black spinel, onyx and coral earrings by Neil Lane are universally loved.
Julia Roberts added some old world glamour to the evening with her classic hair and makeup and rather large diamond studs by Harry Winston. Now if you're going to do diamond studs, THIS is the way to do them!
Julianna Margulies wore black enamel, diamond and gold earrings that went beautifully with her black and gold gown.
Kaley Cuoco wore a nice pair of ruby and diamond drop earrings
Kyra Sedgwick chose Irene Neuwirth amazonite and emerald earrings that complemented her coral coloured dress without overwhelming it.
Leslie Mann wore simple smoky quartz and gold drops
Mayim Bialik had black stone and diamond earrings... I'll take an educated guess and say they're by Kimberly McDonald - but I haven't been able to obtain confirmation yet.
Melissa Rauch also has my stamp of approval with diamond studded gold drops - diamonds but different to the standard.
Paula Patton wore some big rocks on her ears... I would assume white topaz or rock crystal quartz going by the size!
Rashida Jones chose a pearl vine style earring that climbed up her ears.
Sarah Paulson glowed in white opal and diamond earrings by Irene Neuwirth.
Shaun Robinson chose the extra large size in earrings...
Tatiana Maslany chose to wear her long chain earrings from the top of and then behind her ears. An effective shortening technique!
Taylor Swift chose ruby and diamond earrings by Lorraine Schwartz.
Uma Thurman may have had mixed reviews about her gown, but its hard to complain about her Chopard diamond earrings.
Zooey Deschanel was whimsical in Neil Lane flower shaped drop earrings featuring pearls.
So what was your favourite jewel down the red carpet?