“Anyone who designs jewelry was very excited, because statement jewelry always looks best with black,” said L.A.-based designer Sophie Buhai. . “Black acts as a perfect canvas and backdrop for jewelry, so we knew it was going to be a big moment for accessory designers last night.”
From her Paris office, Valerie Messika agreed. “I heard just 24 hours before the Golden Globes that all the women were going to be wearing black dresses, and I said to myself, it’s going to be an amazing night for the jewelry.”
Earrings definitely stood out against the astonishing amount of black gowns and pants ensembles chosen by A-list actresses. Maggie Gyllenhaal and stylist Erin Walsh chose Monse’s sparkling high-low strapless tunic over sleek black pants, while the actress reached out to Buhai for her jewelry, who crafts modernist pieces in her L.A. studio. Gyllenhaal was attracted to the idea of wearing pearls, the designer explained, because of her name which in Greek, the meaning of Maggie is pearl.
L.A. based Irene Neuwirth also crafted pearl earrings for Tracee Ellis Ross, a one-of-a-kind pair of South Sea pearl earrings along with a graphic, sculptural frame of 18-karat yellow gold, which Ross and stylist Karla Welch paired with a custom dress and turban by Marc Jacobs. On Monday Neuwirth called the earrings “a different and new direction for me. They express power and femininity, yet they are modern and still have my classic gold and pearl feel. Karla always nails it. She loved these earrings right away.”
Not as many actresses decided to chose gemstones to accessorize their black looks. Other notable exceptions included Zoe Kravitz and Catherine Zeta-Jones, both chosing earrings that highlighted substantial emeralds by Lorraine Schwartz. Saoirse Ronan’s Cartier high-jewelry earrings, meanwhile, showcased sugarloaf-cut sapphires and diamonds set in platinum. But ultimately white diamonds were the overwhelming choice, from Dakota Johnson’s Luminance Cascade earrings by Nirav Modi to Jessica Biel’s circa-1950s diamond bow earrings by Bulgari and Jessica Chastain’s Piaget Limelight Rose Passion earrings, crafted of 288 diamonds totaling roughly 22 carats.
While the night’s theme eventually proved to be a showcase for jewelry designers, no one is thinking that all of that sparkle overshadowed the evening’s purpose. Valerie Messika called the #WhyWeWearBlack theme “very emotional,” while Buhai believes the theme definitely accomplished exactly what was intended. “I think every woman looked her best because they felt an under riding meaning behind what they were wearing,” she said. “I feel very happy that we were able to loan some earrings for such a great night of women coming together. It was an incredible moment.”