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You can find all the fascinating information on Oscar fashion in all your local newspapers and magazines, but the real glamour and glitz is in the jewels of the stars.  You may find one of the courtier designer dresses in a better thrift store four years after it was worn to the Oscars, but you won't find one of Harry Winstons' designer necklaces there, ever.  

Harry Winston Jewelers

371 N. Rodeo Drive ,
Beverly Hills , CA / (310) 271 8554

With so many jewelers in Beverly Hills, it's difficult to single out a single favorite of the Hollywood set, but the 'House of Winston' has managed to guarantee itself an extra shot of Tinseltown publicity by providing many of the glittering diamonds that adorn the stars on Oscar Night - for free.

When you see an actress at the Academy Awards dripping in jewels, chances are good that they are on loan from Harry Winston.  Each year, the Rodeo Drive jeweler lends celebs over $200 million worth of glittering diamonds, rubies and other precious stones to wear to the Oscar ceremonies. He's been doing this since 1943, when he outfitted Jennifer Jones with her Oscar gems.

Talk about trust... In 1999, Harry loaned host Whoopi Goldberg $41 million dollars in Elizabethan jewels (the most ever worn by one person at the Oscars) including a single diamond ring worth $15 million. Also in 1999, Best Actress winner Gwyneth Paltrow and presenter Jennifer Lopez also wore jewels by the House of Winston

Harry once loaned Elizabeth Taylor $3 million worth of jewelry for that single night.

In 2001, Harry designed a diamond necklace called "au Chocolat", made of white diamonds in a leaf motif with nine huge chocolate (brown) diamonds and 18 canary-yellow ones. He hoped to have Juliette Binoche (of "Chocolat") wear it, but she turned up in pearls instead!

In 1998, actress Gloria Stewart ('Old Rose' in "Titanic") wore a $20 million, 15-carat blue diamond necklace from Harry Winston (which came complete with a discreet army of bodyguards to safeguard the gem.)  

In 1997, Faye Dunaway wore $1.6 million worth of Winston jewels, including a 70-carat diamond & ruby necklace (worth $800,000), matching earclips (valued at $350,000), bracelets (worth $370,000), and a ruby & diamond ring valued at $80,000.

Sigourney Weaver wore a ruby bracelet worth $614,000, and diamond earclips valued at $135,000. Winona Ryder chose only a pair of diamond earrings - worth $100,000. On the other hand, Bianca Jagger's diamond bracelet and earclips were worth over $1,000,000.

The arrangement benefits both the stars (who get to wear the finest jewelry at no cost) and the jeweler (who reaps a bounty of free publicity each time a celeb mentions the store's name).

But things don't always go smoothly in Tinseltown. When Winston loaned Sharon Stone a $400,000 necklace to wear to the Oscars, she claimed it was a gift and didn't want to return it. She later sued the jeweler for $12 million, claiming breach of contract.

Most of Hollywood 's elite have donned Harry Winston's jewels, including Katharine Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Jodie Foster, Madonna, Michelle Pfeiffer, Liza Minnelli, Gwyneth Paltrow, Dolly Parton, Rosie O'Donnell, Marisa Tomei and Laura Dern.

When Whoopi Goldberg appeared as Queen Constantina in Disney's TV movie "Cinderella," Harry Winston supplied the jewels, including a 70-carat diamond ring valued at $9 million and a necklace worth $2.5 million. Winston sent three armed guards to the movie's L.A. set each day.

And speaking of showbiz, Harry Winston also created a special pair of red ruby slippers, year to commemorate the 50th anniversary of "The Wizard of Oz." But as you might expect, Harry's ruby slippers, were a bit more expensive than Dorothy's... they were made of real rubies - 4,600 of them, to be exact, worth over $3-million.

But expensive jewels are nothing to Harry Winston. Known as "The King of Diamonds," the jeweler has made a specialty out of acquiring big stones, including and the Taylor-Burton, the enormous 337-carat Catherine Great sapphire, the 95-carat Star of the East, and the legendary 46-caret Hope Diamond, which Harry donated to the Smithsonian Institution.

Over the years, the House of Winston has done business with Kings, Queens , Maharajahs, Sultans, famous families (such as the Rockefellers), and countless Hollywood stars.

In 1974, he arranged the largest individual sale of diamonds ever, with an astonishing price of $24,500,000.

There are other jewelers who also lend jewelry to the stars for the Academy Awards. One notable name is Van Cleef & Arpels (which is located on the same block of Rodeo Drive ). But it is Harry Winston who usually manages to get the company name on the evening news on Oscar Night.  

Some say the real story behind the Oscars is "What are they wearing and how do they look?" As the door of each limousine opens, and our beloved movie stars glide onto the red carpet, tongues everywhere will start wagging.  Within seconds, how one dresses on Hollywood 's biggest night, is imprinted in every newspaper and magazine throughout the world. Our best dish is provided by Joan & Melissa Rivers, live, on the E network pre-show, 3-5 PST, March 24, 2002 . We especially loved them, before they got so warm and fuzzy.  Any fashion blunder would be seen over and over again, providing great commentary and amusement. Now Oscar wear is such big business, designers line up to dress & bejewel the stars, ( Gary 's link-Jeweler to the Stars), months before the main event. On March 24th, most celebrities have his or her own personal hair, makeup and nail person attend to them in the privacy of their home. So now, just about everybody does it right. It was quite fun to see stars like Bjork and Cher make their own outlandish fashion statements. Oh well.  Now it's "Who are you wearing"? This year it's haute couture all the way. Expect to see lots of ruffles, embellishments, glitter, and more of the classic designers.  Oscar just loves Givenchy, Valentino, Dior, Versace, Gautier and Yves Saint Laurent.  And we here at Tvtix do too.

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