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.
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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.
you see an actress at the Academy Awards dripping in jewels, chances
are good that they are on loan from Harry Winston. Each year,
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.
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
once loaned Elizabeth Taylor $3 million worth of jewelry
for that single night.
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!
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.)
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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
set each day.
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.
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
the years, the House of Winston has done business with Kings,
Maharajahs, Sultans, famous families (such as the Rockefellers), and
1974, he arranged the largest individual sale of diamonds ever, with
an astonishing price of $24,500,000.
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
But it is Harry Winston who usually manages to get the company name
on the evening news on Oscar Night.
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
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,
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, (
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
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.