Color Ruled in Met Gala Jewels

5:00 PM 5/7/2019

by Laurie Brookins

From Jennifer Lopez's 65-carat purple sapphire to the multitude of cocktail rings on Lupita Nyong’o’s fingers, bold hues dominated jewelry choices on the red carpet.

Lady Gaga at the 2019 Met Gala.
Lady Gaga at the 2019 Met Gala.
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How to make a jewelry statement when your look is already over-the-top? Pile on the colored gemstones: That was the strategy for many stars on Monday night’s Met Gala red carpet, where white diamonds were overshadowed by pricey baubles in bold, brilliant hues.

In past years jewelry has rarely made a major statement at this event, especially as the Met Gala has transitioned into costumes and other style interpretations that suit the theme of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s spring Costume Institute exhibition. With “Camp: Notes on Fashion” as this year’s entry, gems took on added importance with the more-is-more approach of many looks.

Among the night’s top trends: shoulder-dusting earrings, brooches for men, statement necklaces with sizable center stones, geometric designs and colorful cocktail rings on multiple fingers. Here are 10 of the night’s standout looks.

  • Jennifer Lopez in Harry Winston

    The newly engaged Lopez paired her custom Atelier Versace crystal gown and headpiece with one of the night’s most talked-about necklaces, the “Purple Dragon” by Harry Winston, so named for the 65.32-carat one-of-a-kind purple sapphire as its center stone, surrounded by round brilliant, pear- and marquise-shaped diamonds, all set in platinum. Lopez also wore vintage 1972 chandelier earrings, as well as bracelets and rings, by the jewelry house.

     

     

  • Lady Gaga in Tiffany & Co.

    Much was made of the Met Gala co-chair’s choreographed performance, which opened the event’s red carpet. What’s even more impressive is that the star also made jewelry changes while unveiling the layers of her Brandon Maxwell gowns (the security for such a scenario must have been on steroids). Among the Tiffany & Co. pieces worn by Gaga, this geometric choker features 28 carats of princess-cut diamonds and is adorned with a delicate butterfly crafted in 18-karat yellow gold. The Oscar winner also wore one of the night’s jewelry trends: multiple gemstone rings on both hands.

     

  • Livia Firth in Chopard

    Known for her passion for eco-fashion and sustainability, Livia Firth extended that idea to her Met Gala jewels. With her Richard Quinn caftan, Firth opted for high-jewelry earrings by Chopard, a company that shares her views about sustainability and responsible sourcing. From Chopard’s Haute Joaillerie Collection, the earrings feature orange garnets, pastel yellow sapphires, blue topaz, pink sapphires, lavender chalcedony and tsavorites, all set in titanium.

     

  • Cara Delevingne in Maxior

    Soon to be seen in Amazon Video’s Carnival Row with Orlando Bloom, Delevingne made a colorful statement on the Met Gala red carpet in her tulle jumpsuit with multicolored satin bands, from Dior’s Spring 2019 haute-couture collection. Among the jewels chosen to finish the look was a diamond choker by Brazil- based jeweler Maxior, crafted of sapphires in a rainbow of hues.

  • Emma Roberts in Irene Neuwirth

    Pink was the hot color of the Met Gala 2019 red carpet, and that included Emma Roberts, who chose a rose-toned gown from Giambattista Valli’s Spring 2019 haute-couture collection. On a night that celebrated all forms of camp, the American Horror Story actress went for over-the-top romance by adding cherry blossoms in her hair and choosing Irene Neuwirth’s one-of-a-kind floral earrings in 18-karat white and rose gold, with carved flowers crafted of blue chalcedony, pink tourmaline, pink and green opals, pink and green tourmalines, tanzanite, sapphires and full-cut diamonds.

     

  • Lupita Nyong’o in Bulgari

    Her fantastical gown by Versace didn’t skimp on color, especially with its bright neon, wing-like shoulders, but that didn’t mean the Us star was going to play it safe with jewelry. Nyong’o chosen new and archival pieces from Bulgari, including multiple rings that featured combinations of rubies, emeralds, sapphires and diamonds.

  • Lily Collins in Cartier

    With her ivory ruffled high-low gown by Paul Andrew for Salvatore Ferragamo, Collins wore a new high-jewelry collection by Cartier. Dubbed Magnitude, the suite includes this necklace, which features seven rare, round Colombian emeralds totaling 46.09 carats. Rock crystal, black onyx, black lacquer and white diamonds complete the piece, which is set in platinum.
  • Bella Hadid in Lorraine Schwartz

    The supermodel wore one of the Met Gala’s most daring looks, a black silk-chiffon draped bustier gown with jeweled cutouts at the waist and hip, by Jeremy Scott for Moschino. Jeweled straps and matching gloves called for equally bold earrings: Lorraine Schwartz offered up a style featuring 65 carats of Colombian emeralds, four carats of diamonds and 10 carats of white-diamond pavé, all set in 18-karat white gold.

     

  • Billy Porter in Oscar Heyman

    From his headpiece dripping in chains to his glittering eye makeup to his metallic shoes, Billy Porter was covered quite literally head to toe in gold. He accessorized his Egyptian-god look, custom crafted by The Blonds over six weeks, with rings on every finger, including this $90,000 ring featuring a 37.10-carat yellow sapphire, surrounded by a halo of round diamonds and sapphires, all set in 18-karat yellow gold.

  • Lilly Singh in Jose Maria Goni

    With a floral-inspired gown by Jeremy Scott for Moschino, crafted in a fuchsia degradé organza meant to evoke the petals of a flower, Singh opted for the sculptural look of an $87,890 necklace from Jose Maria Goni’s Pentagono collection, which showcases a Brazilian ametrine (a stone that mixes amethyst and citrine) totaling 74.09 carats, accented with 12.47 carats of white diamonds and set in 18-karat rose gold.