The fall awards season has just taken off and, like most awards seasons, the only thing more interesting than seeing who actually wins is seeing what everyone is wearing. Although clothing choices usually dominate the “Fab or Drab” discussions and TV talk shows, the 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards presented an opportunity for many celebs to show off some flashy new jewelry. And this year, jewelry wasn’t just an accessory to a haute couture designer dress; this year, the jewelry was part of the clothing designs.
Even though it’s only been a year, Emmy jewelry trends are a long way from the 19th century bright green salamander brooch attached to her blindingly bright neon-yellow dress. This year, celebrities wore designer pieces studded with gems and crystalsin addition to using the gems as accent pieces. Mad Men‘s Jessica Pare completed a conservative black silk dress with a stunning diamond pendant, while Gwen Stefani wore a mesh Atelier Versace piece that was entirely studded with Swarovski crystals. Crowd-favorite Julia Roberts stole the show, however, in an elaborate Elie Saab dress embroidered with gemstones and pearls and accented with a peplum waistline embellished with Swarovski crystals.
“Even though we see the beautiful to the outrageous on the red carpet, jewelry is still all about complementing and enhancing your personal style and wardrobe,” says Ruthann Caroll of Smyth Jewelers.
Although the average jewelry fanatic is unlikely to come into possession of designer pieces like these, the 2014 Emmy trends are largely symbolic of Fall 2014 jewelry trends that are expected to trickle down into the more affordable jewelry lines. Feminine and floral designs are expected to hit store shelves, in addition to pieces made by fairly new designers which reflect regional and cultural styles. More than anything else, though, the Emmy styles and the predicted major trends emphasize one thing: individuality. Rather than opting for the most expensive item they can find, more consumers are starting to seek unique pieces that are more indicative of personal style and cultural heritage.