Emmy Awards Jewelry Style Trends from Expert Michael O’Connor

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Emmy Awards Jewelry Trend Predictions

The Emmy Awards are coming up and every season we see some beautiful jewelry on the red carpet.   And after the awards,  many of us scramble to find the look for less. In advance of the Emmy Awards, Michael O’Connor, celebrity stylist and television personality, hosts StyleLab’s styling event for Emmy Award nominees, presenters and stylists at a private venue in Los Angeles.  In past years, I’ve enjoyed visiting the suite and seeing the jewelry for celebrity and stylist consideration.   The stars’ stylists can visit the suite privately, speak to style expert Michael O’Connor and select from the stunning collection of jewelry from well-known jewelers to add sparkle to their red carpet attire. As the biggest television award show of the season quickly approaches, Mr. O’Connor offers the following trend predictions.

This season Mr. O’Connor  sees an overall fascination with more embellished styles featuring colored diamonds and precious gemstones – both modern and vintage designs.

Exotic Palettes
We’re seeing a variety of exotic gemstone colors and rare material mixes to create statement pieces. Jewelry designer Abellan New York is showcasing a ring with rubellite, turquoise, blue sapphires, pearls and diamonds. Taking the concept of exotic palettes a step further, you will notice jewelry that is reminiscent of ancient times and far away lands. A necklace from Gems by Gerald featuring Karla B. Proud for the American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) is comprised of a 12-carat bi-color Oregon Sunstone and an imperial jasper cabochon, on a multi-strand chain, priced at $7,500. (not a recessionista price.)

Modern Luxury

Designers are also creating luxurious pieces with a sleek modern twist. For example, a white topaz cuff from Bellarri,  takes the classic line-bracelet style to a whole new level. Canadian designer Mark Lash is showcasing drop earrings,  that focus your attention on the lustrous 82.61 carats of sapphires and diamonds.

Hollywood Heyday
Hollywood Glamour will always remain a staple on the red carpet. Stackable cuffs with diamonds byGabriel & Co., priced from $875, are ideal for celebrities who want to look polished without feeling “overdone”. Celebrities are also obsessing over vintage pieces, including hair combs/pins once owned byMarilyn Monroe that are now part of the Jewelry By Gail collection, priced at $48,000.

Gatsby Glamour
“The Jazz Age” is swinging again! Designers are creating pieces that bring us back to the 1920’s.Mastoloni introduced a signature black and white “Ice” necklace with cultured pearls and 30-carats of black and white diamonds, featuring a tassel of cultured pearls and white diamonds, priced at $10,500.AGTA designer Baggins shows a cocktail ring with natural color Akoya cultured pearls and diamonds.  Read our previous post on affordable Jazz-Age jewelry for some affordable suggestions.

The “Mad Men” Appeal
So what about men on the red carpet? They’re quickly realizing that watches and jewelry make an important statement. Seah Watches and Jewelry launched “The Astronomer” timepiece, the only watch in the world that comes with the Greek Zodiac signs replacing the hours.  These watches could add a distinctive touch to a dark suit or tuxedo.


Since 2008, Mary Hall has been the author of The Recessionista Blog, which is read by thousands of regular readers in over 160 countries. An internationally recognized expert on the art of the living the good life for less, she has been a commentator on local, national, and international radio and TV shows. Her advice has been featured in over 2,000 media outlets, including The New York Times, Reuters, Life & Style magazine, ABC News, NBC News and now The Huffington Post, among many others.