Emmy Jewelry: The Top Trends You’ll See At The Show

21st Sep 2012 / By Jillian Dauer

Stop, Emmy time! It’s no secret that television’s biggest night is mere hours away, and like any other awards show, fashion will play a big role in who wins and loses (at least in terms of style). But while the critics are looking at the gowns, I’ll be evaluating the jewelry. Why? Because I already got a sneak peek at the earrings, necklaces and bracelets that will be gleaming on Sunday’s scarlet strip. I stopped by StyleLab’s Primetime Emmy Awards Jewelry Preview yesterday and chatted with Jewelry & Style Expert Michael O’Connor about which trends the stars will shine in.

Celebs and stylists alike come to the preview to snag the most glamorous jewelry in town. I mean, there was almost $10 million worth of jewelry in 1 room! Right after I arrived, nominee Darrell Fetty, producer of the History Channel’s Hatfields & McCoys, came by to pick up some bracelets for his wife and a little something for himself, too. After spending a few minutes with Michael, he left with a bracelet and matching cufflinks by Edward Mirell (for him) and two stunning antique-style bracelets by Mastoloni, one with white pearls and yellow gold and the other with black pearls and white gold (for her).

As soon as Darrell was done, world-class surfer and professional triathlete Hannah Cornett came in. You may have seen her on CBS’ Hawaii Five-O. The blond bombshell was looking for something special to wear with her elegant black fishtail gown. She tried on several gorgeous pieces, including shoulder-dusting earrings and diamond cuffs, but in the end she chose a blue tanzanite bracelet with iolite accents and matching earrings by Bellarri. “They’ll look great with  your eyes,” Michael told her. His makeup tip: wear blue eye shadow, too.

Hannah most likely won’t be the only babe in blue. According to Michael, color is key this season. Check out his Top 4 Jewelry Trends:


“I need a new term for this!” Michael told me. “Silver Screen Style.” Silver Screen Style it is. Modern stars still love emulating iconic looks of the past (think Kate Middleton channeling Grace Kelly in her wedding dress). “We’ll see lots of black and white and big, important jewelry. He picked up a dazzling emerald and diamond bracelet by Takat and a golden pearl necklace from Mastoloni.


“We saw a rainbow of bright colors and combinations at New York Fashion Week.” As a result, he concentrated on choosing colorful pieces that will enhance or contrast the jewel tones spotted on the runways. I saw lots of green and blue stones in the room, as well as a spectacular multi-stone bib necklace by Bellarri. “Wear it with a simple black or white gown or any solid-colored dress. The necklace will pick it up.”


Inspired by TV shows like Boardwalk Empire, pieces with an Old World feel are making a comeback, too. American Gem Trade Association designer Nirinjan Khalsa created a striking citrine and gold necklace with a vintage vibe.


Natural elements, like delicate flowers and whimsical butterflies, will also be popular this season. Mark Lash designed several eye-catching diamond cuffs with floral accents, while one of Michael’s favorite pieces in the room was a bracelet by Farah Khan. “When your arm moves, it looks like the butterflies are in flight.”

As for dresses, Michael said we’re in the middle of a transition year. “I expect to see a lot of fishtail gowns; a lot of color; and one-shoulder styles. Based on what people have shown me, there will be lots of purples and blues, but I also expect to see reds and greens.”

If you’d like to hear more about Hollywood fashion from Michael, catch his new television show, Movie Style With Michael, on Reelz. The next episode airs Tuesday, September 25 at 8:30am EST.

Will you be watching the Emmys? Which jewelry pieces do you hope to see?

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