There’s no denying that celebrities have the most envied wardrobes in the world, being dressed by the top stylists and designers. But what makes these red-carpet outfits even more jaw-dropping is the jewelry they’re styled with. While we all love diamond bracelets, necklaces and a beautiful ring – and celebrities engagement rings are often a statement piece all on their own – there’s something about a well-selected pair of earrings that truly transforms an outfit. Whether they’re big and bold, or understated and timeless, we can’t help but be drawn to earrings. So, these are our picks of the most elegant red-carpet earrings ever.
Where else would we start than with the undisputed jewelry queen herself – Elizabeth Taylor? Her jewelry collection is one of the most famous in the world, and she wasn’t afraid to bedazzle herself in an array of jewels at any time. Her most elegant red-carpet earrings, however, must be a pair of emerald and diamond pendants, given to her by Richard Burton, which she famously wore at the 1962 premiere of Lawrence of Arabia. View and discover more about the famous Taylor-Burton diamond when you visit our must-see Shimansky Diamond Experience in Cape Town.
Angelina Jolie has mastered the art of a simple dress paired with exquisite accessories, and her look for the 2009 Oscars was no different. Though she was nominated for the best actress award for her role in Changeling, Angelina’s outfit seemingly stole the show. She was dressed in a simple, black strapless Elie Saab gown, which she had paired with striking emerald earrings. The 115-carat, pear-shaped drop earring reportedly cost a cool $2.5 million.
At the 2014 Oscars, Sandra Bullock stole the show in a way that had nothing to do with her best actress nomination for Gravity. Wearing an incredible navy Alexander McQueen dress that featured a delicate sweetheart neckline, Bullock topped the look off with an incredible pair of cuff-like earrings worth $1.8 million.
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Always one to watch on any red carpet, Cate Blanchett outdid herself at the 2014 Academy awards. Opting for a blush-pink Armani Prive dress that features intricate crystal and beadwork would be tricky for anyone to accessorize, but Blanchett wore an equally-glitzy pair of earrings that featured 62 opals and diamond pave measuring 33 carats.
At the 2018 Oscars, Salma Hayek was quite literally bedazzled head-to-toe in a lavender Gucci dressed finished with a neckline of crystals. Not content with just that sparkle, she further accessorized the look with a pair of cascading diamond earrings.
Dressed in a stunning white embellished strapless gown from Zuhair Murad, Priyanka topped the look off with an incredible pair of 50-carat diamond earrings that are rumored to cost around $3.2 million. Though they look like drop earrings, the teardrop section is situated behind her earlobe, adding a contemporary feel to these opulent diamond earrings.
The 2016 Oscars were the year for elegant red-carpet earrings. The striking Brandon Maxwell white jumpsuit that Lady Gaga wore would have stolen the show all on its own, but the $8-million diamond earrings weren’t shying away for anything. Looking every bit like a modern Marilyn Monroe, with old Hollywood-style waves and pared-back makeup, Gaga was the perfect canvas for the two-piece emerald-cut diamond earrings, which totaled a hefty 90 carats.
Rita Ora hit the red carpet in a beautiful strapless navy Marchesa gown, with gold embellished detailing at the 2015 Academy Awards. Her slicked-back hair allowed her jewels to shine, which were 40 carat Victorian-style, diamond and yellow gold earrings.
Cate Blanchett may grace most red carpets because of her acting prowess, such as when she won Best Actress at 2014's Golden Globes for her role in Blue Jasmine, however, she’s made this list twice for the earrings she wore to the event. Decked out in a gorgeous black lace dress by Giorgio Armani, she accented the look with a striking pair of earrings. The pieces, which are from the brand’s Green Carpet Collection, were 11-carat, marquise diamond earrings set in a beautiful laurel design.
Sofia Vergara can do no wrong in our eyes – especially when it comes to her red-carpet outfits. At the 2013 Emmys, she stunned in a plunging, red Vera Wang mermaid gown but even more impressive were the statement-making earrings she wore. The ruby, sapphire and Colombian emerald stones were bordered by pave diamonds, and reportedly amounted to 100 carats.
Jennifer Lopez has never been afraid of a little sparkle, at the 2011 Golden Globes she accessorized her ethereal white Zuhair Murad gown with pirouette diamond earrings, featuring a cluster of diamonds set in a floral style.
A relative newcomer in 1997, Nicole Kidman caught everyone’s attention with her elaborately-embroidered, chartreuse John Galliano for Dior shift. Not one to shy away from making a statement, she scraped back her famous red locks in order to let her statement chandelier earrings shine.
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Easily one of the most famous Oscar dresses of all time, Julianne Moore’s 2003 emerald Tom Ford for YSL gown complimented her hair and coloring perfectly. It also worked beautifully with her choice of jewelry for the evening, which included emerald chandelier earrings.
For the 2005 Academy Awards, Beyoncé wore an incredible black vintage Versace gown that showed off her curves beautifully. She kept most of her accessories quite simple, except for a pair of platinum and white diamond tassel earrings.
Though you may never make it on to a Hollywood red carpet, there’s nothing stopping you from embracing the glamor of these celebrities and wearing elegant earrings of your own. Shimansky has long been respected as the destination for any serious diamond-buyers, not just for engagement rings, but for jewelry of all kinds. Their selection of earrings includes diamonds of all shapes and sizes, as well as colors, set in everything from gold, rose gold, platinum and everything in between.